Moving in with a partner is a big step and one that most people find both an exciting and stressful time in their lives. While paying bills, food shopping, and cooking as a pair can save time and money, there are plenty of other things to consider like how to organize your personal belongings before you make a move.
Before you decided to move in together, you likely spent lots of time staying at one another’s homes. Because of this, you may think that you are clued up on what it is like to live under the same roof. However, you will only have a proper understanding of how sharing space, doing chores, and sharing possessions will work once you combine residences properly.
If you both lived alone before the move, you properly have built up an ample supply of personal belongings. You will both have your furniture, kitchen utensils, soft furnishings, and other items. Here’s are a few tips on how you can both organize your belongings and avoid having a cluttered new home:
Let go of duplicates
Regardless of each of your living situations before the move, whether you lived with parents, housemates, or alone, you are bound to have some duplicate items. These might range from oversized items like sofas, televisions, and beds to more minor things like rugs, curtains, and cutlery sets.
Now that you live in one home, you do not need or space for multiple sets of these items. You should begin by doing a quick inventory of all your belongings and then highlighting the duplicate items.
Following this, you can decide what you no longer need and figure out how you will let it go. One option is to donate it to a thrift store or to a friend or family member that needs that item.
Another option is to sell your unwanted possessions; you could sell your items online, resale sites or Facebook Marketplace, or even the old-fashion way, a garage sale or newspaper advertisement. Selling these items will free up some cash you could put towards any new furniture you might need, such as an oversized sofa or refrigerator.
If you both have a different sense of style, your furnishing might not go well together. If this is the case, you might end up letting go of more of one partner’s stuff than the others, or even getting rid of everything and starting over.
Build your own DIY storage
Now that there are two of you under one roof, you will naturally have more possessions than you need to organize and store. If you lack extra space inside your new home, then you can easily build your own shed or garage in your garden.
Be sure to measure your outside space before you purchase any materials to build an outdoor building. You can then decide what storage space you might like; there are metal storage units that are practical and durable or wooden sheds that look lovely but might need more maintenance in the future.
Don’t forget to consider how you will organize these spaces, as they can become a bit of a dumping ground very quickly. Set them up with shelving units, hooks, and sets of drawers.
Does this item spark joy?
Lastly, there will be many other items that perhaps aren’t duplicates, but you don’t have the space for them anyway. The Marie Kondo method can be beneficial here.
Collect everything up in a specific category, e.g., clothing, jewelry, or CDs, into one pile so you can inspect how much of it you have. Pick each item and think about how it makes you feel. If it sparks joy, then keep it but if not, then discard it.
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