Taking the time to prepare will save you both a lot of headaches, aggravation and stress when moving in together. Those who will be moving in together hastily often find there is more chaos, often due to having more stuff than they really need. When a home feels cluttered, it can make the transition from being single to being a couple more overwhelming.
These are some tips for couples to make moving in together go smooth:
Before actually moving in together, discuss the important things. Finances, where you will live, who will cook, distribution of chores, and even minor nuances – such as sleeping with a fan or having to watch a certain TV program – can all be great topics. Make a list of expectations you have and ask your partner to do the same so that you are both literally on “the same page.”
Be careful and plan ahead. Keep in mind that some of your furniture items may not fit in your new home. So take measurements of any existing furniture.
After you decide which one of you will move, or whether you will both go and search for a new place together, you should go to one another’s place and do a complete inventory. It is likely you’ll have two of many things, such as silverware, dishes, furniture items, etc. So, both of you can decide which to keep or sell or donate before moving in together. Selling many things can also help towards saving for your move. It will also cut costs of extra labor and fees charged by your Mandeville moving company.
Another detail people rarely think of is the size of their items. Especially furniture items may not fit within the space you have chosen to live in. Measure all items, especially the large ones!
Someone once said, “To eat the elephant, you need to take one bite at a time.” Even with the best movers helping to take care of the packing, heavy lifting, and hauling, moving to a new place can be exhausting. To make the experience less exhausting, plan your move in small steps broken up over several days.
Depending on the size of your new home and the amount of cleaning, prepping, organizing, and coordinating utilities, this could be broken up into weeks of work. So make a calendar of events with the best moving checklist to keep things progressing while minimizing the stress.
At least two weeks prior to moving in together, hold your yard sale. Whatever you don’t sell, bring immediately to your favorite local charity reseller. The yard sale will give you some extra money for your move, plus someone else can benefit from the items you no longer need or want to bring with you. Another bonus for you, donations are usually tax-deductible. It’s a win-win-win!
If you are packing up your own belongings, be sure to keep everything neatly organized and mark the boxes with the room where they should be delivered to your new home.
To keep things seamless for your moving company, use the same labeling system at both of your old places if you and your partner are both moving to a new place together. This will help the movers work efficiently to get your belongings to their designated locations at your new home.
Throughout this process, try to be sensitive to one another’s needs. For example, your partner’s lifelong doll collection or stack of comic books might be something they consider valuable and sentimental, so tossing them could make them resentful. Instead, try making gentle suggestions and remind them about your new space restrictions.
If appropriate, you could designate individual spaces for one another at your new home. The ‘man cave’ or home office may be important, or perhaps having a giant closet. Whatever those needs may be, it would be best to allocate separate places, to feel less confined.
Finally, get creative about conserving the space you do have in your new home. Hang hooks or get built-in cupboards, etc. to accommodate the other person. Compromise is critical to make the transition smooth for couples moving in together.
Also, keep in mind that while some of your items may be in abundance, others may be lacking. Conserving room for items that you may actually need will be convenient after you’ve had a housewarming party or purchased the items yourself. You’ll be happy you saved the space!
Another way to make the move smoother – whether you are young loves moving to a new apartment, or newlyweds moving into a newly purchased home – is to hire a moving company to help. It can alleviate much stress and make the whole process memorable for both of you as you start your new lives together as a couple. Atmosphere Movers in Mandeville can be reached at 866-766-8363.