How to Combine Households after Getting Married
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, it’s only natural that we talk about cohabitation and marriage. When a couple marries, the two partners pledge to join together in a lifelong union. In addition to that union, comes baggage, literally and figuratively. They agree to also combine all of their stuff. And in many cases, that’s a lot of accumulated furniture, collectibles, kitchen items and other items that take up space in the home.
Getting married in and of itself can be stressful, let alone combing through all of the items and things you have. The last thing you want is to cause more stress on the relationship. So in order to avoid unnecessary stress and anxiety, we’d love to share some tips on how to combine households after you get hitched.
1. Decide What To Keep
The merging of two households might seem like a relatively straightforward task, but in actuality it can become a daunting task, especially if it requires giving up some precious items. Adapting your lifestyle to fit with someone else’s is a learning process that requires a lot of compromise – key to a happy marriage. So before you begin the merge, a helpful tip is to have a conversation with your partner and decide what to keep and what to either toss or place in storage. A great way to start the conversation is to first envision the home you’d like to be in and how that looks to both of you. For example, how will the new home look? Are you looking for a clean modern look or more traditional and personal treasures? Will there be rooms filled with a combination of your things or none? These are the types of questions you should discussing prior to making the big move.
2. Get Rid of Duplicates
One of the most difficult parts of merging two households is deciding which possession to keep when you and the person you’re moving in with both have the same thing. Depending on how much space you have, you’ll probably have to give away or store way some large pieces of furniture as well as smaller items, like kitchen supplies. Who needs two toaster ovens? Sit down together and make a list of all the duplicates, then decide which items are in the best condition and worth keeping.
3. Use a Storage Unit for The Items You Can’t Get Rid Of
Even though it is wise to get rid of as much clutter as possible, it sometimes is not feasible. Many people accumulate many things throughout the years, and those things oftentimes come with some sentimental value. As mentioned earlier, getting married and combining households can be a stressful period in a couple’s life. In order to diminish and lessen the degree of stress, it is best to place those items that you absolutely can’t and won’t get rid of into a storage unit. All Storage has many units of varying sizes where you can safely and securely place your invaluable and sentimental items. In addition to older items each person brought to the marriage, they also have to deal with a generous amount of shower and wedding gifts. In many cases, the use of a storage unit is needed for just a short period of time while couples adjust to and become comfortable with their new living situation. But in other cases, a storage unit can be a more permanent solution. For example, long-term storage makes sense for couples who own seasonal items, holiday decorations, summer lounge chairs, etc. The list goes on. Thus, a storage unit makes perfect sense for those couples who have a lot of great stuff but no space to store them.
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