For couples, knowing some tips before moving in together can help alleviate stress and lead to a smoother move, both physically and emotionally. Here’s our EZ moving-in together guide to set you and your partner on the right path.
Ask for Advice
If you’ve been living by yourself or with family, it can be a huge adjustment to move in with your significant other. If you’re looking for some help, ask your friends and loved ones for advice! Asking others who have already gone through this process can be very beneficial.
If you feel comfortable, ask your parents or grandparents for advice. Otherwise, check in with your friends who have moved in with their partners. See if they have any tips or pearls of wisdom they can share with you. They’ve gone through this transitional period of moving in together, so they know what to do (and not to do). You might even be able to get them to help you with the moving-in process as well!
When it comes to moving, it’s all about the stuff. And when you’re combining two lives into one space, there’s going to be a lot of stuff. Before you start packing boxes, take an inventory of you and your partner’s belongings. You will likely have a ton of duplicate items that you’ll have to decide what to do with. Large items like beds, dressers, couches, and tables will need to be pared down. Unless you have a guest room in your new place, you likely won’t need two beds. And don’t forget small items like kitchen utensils, appliances, and cleaning supplies will also need to be dealt with.
While making an inventory will help pare down what you both already have, it will also help you both find out what you’re missing and need to buy for the new house.
Decide Together What You’ll Keep, Donate, or Toss
Unfortunately, this part will likely be the hardest. Deciding what to keep or get rid of will take a lot of patience and understanding. You might want to keep things that your partner wants to see gone. It can be difficult to understand where the other person is coming from during this time. So try to keep an open mind and recognize it can be hard to get rid of belongings and even harder when someone tells you they want to see them tossed.
Go through your items with your partner and decide what you’ll be keeping, trashing, recycling, donating, or selling. If you decide you want to sell some items, make sure you list them as soon as possible. This will give you a better chance of getting the items sold before moving day. But no matter what you decide to do with all the stuff, try not to delay this part of the process. Everything you keep will add to the cost of your move, and it’ll be a waste of money to pay movers to move stuff you ultimately don’t keep.
Letting go of stuff can be painful, but it can also be liberating. Think of it as making room for a new life with your partner!
Measure All Furniture
Once you know what furniture will be staying, measure it to make sure it will fit in your new home. If you’re still looking for the place you’ll live with your significant other, write the dimensions down on a note on your phone. This way, you can refer to it as you tour places.
You may find that not all your furniture will fit in your new home. Decide together what will happen to the furniture (donate, sell, store) and what new, small furniture piece you’ll replace it with.
Rent a Self-Storage Unit
Even after all is said and done, you and your partner might find that you’re low on space in your new home. That’s where a self-storage unit can come in handy!
A storage unit is the perfect place to solve your storage problems. You can store items that are “maybe” items, like a bed frame that isn’t going to fit in your home now but will be perfect for a future home. You can also store seasonal décor, clothes you don’t want to purge from your closet, and sentimental items you can’t give up. Especially if your long-term goal is to start a family or upgrade to a bigger home, you’ll likely have more space for lots of stuff in the future. Until then, though, a self-storage unit can come in handy!
It’s Time to Make Space with an EZ Access Storage Unit
When you run into the obstacle of having no room for the items you want to keep, EZ Access Storage will be here for you! We have a wide variety of options available, no matter how much you need to store, we can help. Our storage units are spacious, secure, and affordable. At EZ Access Storage, we are always here to make your storage experience as EZ as possible in East Wenatchee!