Moving in Together? Tips for Combining Your Household Items

March 21, 2016

If you’re moving in with your significant other, here are some tips to help you decide what to keep, sell, donate or store.

BEFORE THE BIG MOVE

You will have accumulated a lot of stuff over the years, so it’s a good idea to take stock of all your belongings before you start to pack. It will be easier and less stressful if you can get rid of anything that won’t be needed in your new home.

Declutter your kitchen before you move house

Do you need 10 ladles?

  • Have a garage sale and get rid of any unwanted possessions or duplicates and make some money in the process! What you don’t sell, you can donate.
  • Who needs two toasters?  Make a list of all duplicates and decide which items are the nicest and in the best condition. Just remember that it can be useful to have two sets of cutlery, crockery or even TVs, but some items do not require duplicates, such as kitchen appliances, dryers or washing machines.
  • We all have possessions that have sentimental value, whether it’s your grandmother’s dresser, old photo or your childhood toys. Make a list of these items and speak with your partner about where they will go and what to do with them. Storage units are a great option if you don’t have room in your new home.
  • You may now have to share closet space, so consider boxing up or using vacuum compression bags to store clothes so everyone has space.
  • Organise your files and records into boxes and put them into storage. Alternatively, decide what is safe to shred.

CONGRATULATIONS! YOU’VE MOVED IN TOGETHER

Style

When merging households, you’ll often end up with more stuff than you would have on your own. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box. Try putting furniture in places that you normally wouldn’t to create a unique, eclectic space. For example, put a dresser in the bathroom, or use that second dining table in the patio.

dresser in bathroom

Use that dresser for extra storage and style in your bathroom. Photo: Off Your Plate

Create the space together

The best part about moving in together is creating a style that symbolizes you and your partner. Think about the size, layout and aesthetics of your new home. There’s always a way to find common ground in styling. For example, if your previous home was dominated by red items, and your partner’s was blue, incorporate a mix of textiles, patterns or items that will complement and bring your colour schemes together. Grouping an assortment of materials together can also help create a more cohesive look. For example, brass picture frames can be grouped with a brass lamp even if they’re different styles.

For any other knick-knacks, photo albums, beloved items or furniture that you don’t have space for at your new home, consider storing it in a self-storage unit. Rent A Space has a free truck and driver move-in service and various storage unit sizes to suit your needs. Contact us on 02 8758 0000 for an obligation free quote.

You can also check out our guide to self storage infographic, with benefits on why you should use self storage, typical storage unit sizes and tips on how to store goods in storage.

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