When two people are trying to merge households in Denver, there is no boundary to how muddled it can get. You should be able to make this transition a lot less difficult, however, when you have an organized. We're not meaning an so-so garden-variety type plan. Moving in together calls for a decent amount of strategic planning.
Dropping hints about why your belongings should be in the new home and why a majority of their stuff should be recycled or thrown away, is not going to be well received. A more successful way of approaching this involves you both going over all of your options, brainstorming some ideas, and then looking for new ways to ensure things go flawlessly. Here are four pieces of advice to help you begin.
Review the expectations prior to moving anything in Denver.
If you choose to merge households, you both need to take into consideration that you have your own ways of doing things. Everyday routines and lifestyles will need to mesh together. When you know what to expect, the change will be much easier.
No matter if you are moving to a new home or moving into your partner's abode, these are a few things you must ask.
- How are we going to join our things and put them in every room of the house?
- Can I change color schemes, where the furniture is set-up, etc. so I can feel more at home there?
- If I want to read a magazine, is there a quiet place where I can relax to do this?
- Will there be enough room at your pad so we can entertain or I can watch TV with my friends?
- Will I be able to change one of the spaces to an office or is there another area where I can set up a workspace?
- Do we need a secluded place in the house where we can do some things by ourselves?
Getting all of this right there on the table will permit you to work with eachother and ward off any potential problems.
Tip # 2
Purge duplicate items and pick and choose favorites from each person's possessions.
There was a TV show called “Clean Sweep” on which professionals aided homeowners clean one or two rooms of disorder during a two-day period. This was not easy and there were some uneasy conversations between those homeowners. We don't want you to experience that, so here are several ways to help things progress easily.
- Take an inventory where you're residing now.
- You both may own duplicates of a lot of things; small stuff like spatulas and pans and larger stuff like dining room tables, dressers, beds and couches.
- Make a Keep, Sell, Donate and Toss list. How do you choose where to put these items?
- Start by looking at their condition. Is one of the two looking worse for the wear or in need of a repair? It is out.
- Sometimes larger may be better (especially in the case of a shared bed). Which option fits best in the space you are moving it into?
- Next, look at the quality of the things. Is one of the options of a much higher quality than the other and expected to last longer? No-brainer. Pick the best quality things.
Tip # 3
Come to an agreement about how these items will fit into the new place.
This is vital because you do not want to begin moving in and then say, “Wait a minute, where is all my stuff supposed to go?”.
It doesn't have to be difficult. Just talk through each room and discuss where you will set what. If you make some rough sketches before the move, you will remember what you discussed.
What if there isn't a lot of space? An empty kitchen cabinet can hold work folders, magazines, collectibles and other things. You can also buy floating shelves, wall mounted shelves and under-bed storage boxes. Over the door hooks and organizers can provide a space for shirts, ties, hats, scarves, handbags and even jewelry.
Tip # 4
Compromise, not criticize the other's things. They might own things that you feel are abominable but have sentimental value to the other person.
You might feel that this is a good time to just go crazy and get rid of all the things that you think are useless or ugly. That assortment of baseballs that he's collected over the years? Out of here. Those dolls and stuffed animals that seem to be everywhere in her apartment? Gone.
Just talk to them genuinely and explain the reason you believe something will not fit into your new home and then see if you can put together a compromise.
- If you both have dinnerware, for example, you can have one set for casual occasions and the other for special occasions.
- If your partner has a shot glass, stamp, coin, candle, snow globe, guitar, or doll collection, Buzzfeed gives you 31 super creative ways to show this stuff.
- If your partner is sentimental about some of their furniture, can you reupholster that chair so it fits both of your styles? Paint a nightstand? Get a new top for the dining room table?
Whether you're moving together into a new home or one person is moving in with another, it's vital to be considerate of each other's needs because this metamorphosis is new for both of you.
At A-1 Freeman, we know that moving is a major change in your life so we want to assist in making it less anxious. Whether you're simply moving across the city or to a completely different part of the country, let us do most of the hard work for you. And when you decide which possessions you're going to keep, we'll treat each item with the proper care and respect it deserves.
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