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Tips for Moving in With Your Partner

Tips for Moving in With Your Partner

By Karen Thorogood | December 23, 2016

Move in with your partner

Tips for Moving in With Your Partner

Nice one! You’ve decided to move in with your partner. This is a big – BIG – step in your relationship. Although moving in together does not mean that this is it forever, chances are that you’re going be living together for a while. So whether your joint cohabitation is just for convenience, to be financially savvy, or testing to see if this person is ‘the one’, there are a few things you need to think about at this time.

Sell, Toss or Donate?

As with most things, some sound preparation can pay off dividends in the long run. In this instance, you need to prepare to merge two lives together – and all the stuff that comes with them. In most cases, you’ll find that you have a Noah’s Arc of things: two coffee tables, two ladles, two hairdryers. At this point, you can begin the mover’s mantra: sell, toss or donate?

The same applies to the big items in your lives, things like beds, sofas and shelves. Chances are that you will not be able to fit two of these into your new joint place, so you must decide whether to sell, toss or donate.

Have a proper discussion with your partner before you move about these decisions, and be prepared to listen and compromise. This might be the first move-related test of your relationship! You might both be quite attached to your possessions, and you will need to negotiate what’s staying and what’s going.

Keep deciding what you’re selling, tossing or donating until you have inventory between the two of you to fill one residence.

Cull Before You Move In With Your Partner

Here’s some solid advice: do not put off purging your possessions until after your move, or avoid it altogether. If you do, it could hit you hard in the back pocket. This is because the more ‘stuff’ you have, the more expensive your move will be. However you’re choosing to relocate, it costs more in time and dollars to move more things, and it will also take its toll on your body.

Also, think about the impact of excess things on your new place. Think of how cluttered and unwelcoming all those boxes will make it. It will certainly take the gloss of the excitement of having a place just for the two of you if you don’t have enough storage for all your things. You don’t want to wait until moving day to start discussing whether to throw away your partner’s collection of shot glasses.

So before you even begin looking for a new place, first get a realistic idea of how much space you need by figuring out how much stuff you’ll have after you’ve decided what you’ll keep and what you’ll sell, toss or donate. It could save you some tense conversations down the track.

Pre-Move Checklist

  • Take an inventory of both homes
  • Decide together what you’ll keep, sell, toss or donate
  • Measure everything that’s left (furniture, etc.)
  • Decide how much square footage you need

If you follow these simple tips, you can minimise any stress when you move in with your partner, and enjoy the unique closeness that cohabiting will bring to your relationship.

Removalists You’ll Fall in Love With

Here’s some more great moving and relationship advice: outsource moving day. You’ll have enough on your mind without having to worry about physically moving the contents of your home!

Optimove Removalists Brisbane is your friendly, experienced removalists. We’ll go above and beyond to provide an easy, stress-free move.

If you have an upcoming move in Brisbane, talk to the friendly team at Optimove – call 07 3905 3223 or get in touch online.

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