Top Tips for Moving in With Your Partner

When you’ve decided it’s the right time to move in together, there are a lot of challenges ahead of you as well as the exciting times. On top of the personal challenges of maintaining your relationship, navigating each other and the space around you in your new home can also be difficult.

You’re essentially bringing two households together and, with them, two sets of belongings. Knowing what to do with all this stuff and how to store it can be difficult and can be a source of arguments when you first move in together. To help curb the unnecessary arguments, here are some tips on the logistics of moving in with your partner.

Do you need a new place?

One of the first decisions you’ll need to make is whether you need to find a new place to move in together, or whether one of you will simply move in to the other’s current home. If one of you has an apartment or house that you both like and that’s big enough for the two of you, then this can make the move much easier and less stressful. It will also save you the money of paying a deposit to rent or buy a new place.

If you’re moving out of the area together, don’t have a place that’s big enough, or simply don’t like each other’s apartments, then you’ll be in the market for a new home that you can share. In this case, it’s time to talk budgets and what you both look for in a home.

Take stock of what you own

It might sound like a chore, but it is a really good idea to make an inventory of what each of you own before moving in together. This way, you can compare notes and decide what you can get rid of between the two of you. There is likely to be a lot of duplicates since you’ll both have your own furniture, kitchenware, and other home accessories. Eliminating duplicates before you move in will help you save on moving costs because there’ll be less to move from one house to the next.

Work out how much storage space you have

Now you know what you own between the two of you, you need to know how much space you have to store all of that stuff. Working this out will tell you how much you need to cut down on. Decide what you can get rid of, what you can sell or donate, and what will need to go into an external storage unit.

Compromise on your personal belongings

Deciding whose microwave to throw away shouldn’t be too difficult to decide. But, when it comes to personal belongings that you care about but that take up a lot of space in the house, the conversation can be a little more difficult. Maybe one of you has a big DVD collection and the other has too many clothes for the wardrobe.

Try to bring up issues like this tactfully but openly so it doesn’t seem like you’re trying to get rid of all your partners things. If there are things you simply don’t have space for but that neither one of you is willing to toss, then they can go into a temporary storage unit until you find space or a better solution for them.

Make sure you each have a space to call your own

Moving in together isn’t just about finding space for your belongings, but also for each other. It is good for each of you to have a space in your home to call your own, one that you can escape to when you need some time to yourself. A spare room is a good solution for this, but you might not be lucky to have one of these. Even a corner of a room can be personalised as your own space for a bit of separation.

To help you store those excess belongings you can’t find space for in your new home, STORED offer full storage in London to ease the transition for you and your partner. Get in touch to book storage with STORED today.

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