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Newlyweds: Tips for Moving to a Shared Home
Moving in to a first shared home is an important and exciting milestone for many newlyweds. You may be surprised by all the different things that pop up throughout the planning, packing, and moving process. The rewards are sure to surpass any of the challenges that appear, though. Follow these tips for moving into your home with a significant other.
Consider the True Value of Each Possession
When newlyweds are moving into their first home and combining their shared possessions, it’s important to discuss what each person has. Evaluate duplicate stuff. For example, if you and your new spouse each have a blender, you may discuss which one will be most useful in your new home. Next, you may opt to donate, sell, or give away the blender that doesn’t make the cut.
Go through all your possessions before moving them into your shared home. Consider each item’s true value to you. How much do you love an item? Do you need it or use it often? Does it have sentimental value because of the person who gave it to you? Does it bring back a joyful memory? If an item doesn’t fall into any of those categories, you may want to get rid of it.
Donating, selling, or giving away excess items can be freeing. It can also help you feel empowered because you are sending the item out into the world where it can be used by others. In some cases, you may even get to deduct the items you donated from your taxes, allowing you to defray some moving costs. Not a bad perk for newlyweds starting their lives together!
Agree on an Organizational System for the Move
When you are packing your own home while your new spouse packs theirs, try to agree on the same organizational system for the move. Otherwise, it can get confusing once you move your stuff to your new home. It is a good idea to use the same moving boxes and moving company for a smoother move. That will help the organizational system flow well.
Agree on a color code to use when packing possessions to go in each room, and then use the color code when you label boxes. That way, it’s easier for you or movers to place boxes in the right room of your new home no matter whose possessions are in the box.
Discuss Expectations for the Move Into the Home
If you have this idea that your new spouse should handle most of the aspects of the move while they’re expecting the same of you, you’ll have a problem. One of the most difficult challenges many newlyweds face is disillusionment, which often stems from a lack of communication. Discuss what each of you wants, needs, and expects from the move to avoid that unpleasant situation.
Agree to which responsibilities and privileges each of you will take on with the move. For example, you may be tasked with supervising the work on moving day, but you also then may be able to make the final call on where furniture is placed in your new home. Be very clear on the tasks each person will be expected to complete as part of your joint moving efforts.
Include Things for Your New Home in Your Wedding Registry
If you know you will be moving shortly before or soon after your wedding, it’s a good idea to include things you need for your new home as part of your wedding registry. After all, the people who are coming to your wedding want to contribute to the new life you’re creating as a married couple. It’s also special to see things in your new home and think of the giver.
The registry can include things that make your move easier, too. Since the move is a part of the time in your life surrounding your wedding, you may opt to include things such as blankets that can help with the move and then later be reused in your home. You can also have guests ship presents to your new home so you won’t have to move them yourself.
Work With Movers Early in the Process
Getting a moving company on board early in the process is a good idea when you’re moving in together as newlyweds and combining your possessions. A professional moving company can offer expert advice and services that simplify things every step of the way, thus saving you time, money, and frustration. When you have a lot going on, movers can give you peace of mind.
Moving to a new home can be the opportunity to get a fresh start. It can be a much more enjoyable process when you use reliable, courteous, and caring professional movers to lead the way. Contact Wheaton World Wide Moving for help with your next move.