Moving in with a significant other can be a stressful experience, but it is also the first step towards a stronger, long-term relationship. Some couples can have disagreements during their first move-in, especially if they move into a smaller space. Read on some tips for keeping the calm.
Inventory Your Stuff and Get Rid of Unwanted Items
Often, moving in with your partners means you have two sets of things: two beds, two couches, and two dining room tables. Have a discussion regarding which items each of you wants to keep and which items you want to throw away. In general, this is a good time to donate or throw away things that you do not really need anymore.
Map Out Who Gets Which Area Early On
Will you have a study or an office? Will your partner have a patio area or a reading nook? You should each have your own special space where you can relax and feel at home. That also gives you a better idea of what you can bring over to your new place.
If you have the time, draw a rough layout of the apartment or house, and settle on where everything will go with your significant other. This will avoid any misunderstandings later on.
Take a Realistic Look at Where You’ll Live
You can move your significant other into your home, you can move into their home, or you can find a new place altogether. Each of these comes with benefits and drawbacks.
When one person moves into the other person’s home, they often feel at a disadvantage, like they do not truly own the place. But finding a new place can be more expensive, as well as more disruptive. Be honest about whether your current places have enough room for the both of you.
Consider Getting a Storage Unit for Extra Items
Your grandmother’s dining room table might not fit into your significant other’s home, but that does not mean you want to donate it to the thrift store. Consider getting a storage unit for anything you cannot take with you. Storage units are an affordable way to keep the items you really need, while also reducing the clutter in your home. You can also get a storage unit temporarily, letting you move things in more slowly.
Have a Plan in Place for Controlling the Clutter
Many fights happen because people have trouble when they try to control the clutter around their home. Have some strategies already in place, such as putting laundry bins in multiple rooms or having containers that can fit odds and ends. If you can fit everything into baskets, the clutter is easy to manage and will not make everything look perilously disorganized. If you have extra space in the house, put some storage in.
Do Not Forget the Pets
If you do not want your pets to become a point of contention, plan for them ahead of time. Where will your pets spend most of their time? Do you need additional pieces of furniture in the house, such as scratching posts and cat trees? Where will your pets eat, and where will they sleep? Not talking about your pets can lead to arguments later on, especially if space is already at a premium.
When you move in with someone you love, you often need to make some compromises. That takes careful contemplation. If you want to offload some of the less important tasks, consider hiring a professional moving company. You can get a quote from Christofferson Moving & Storage today. We look forward to speaking with you.