Moving in with your significant other is an exciting time. You’ve decided to make the leap and committed to living with each other. Whether this is your first time living with someone else, or whether you’ve experienced living with others before now, there is something special about living with a partner. You deserve to take some time to bask in your impending domestic bliss.
Don’t take too much time, though! There are a lot of things to think about and take care of before you can enjoy your new home together.
You’ve both no doubt accumulated several years worth of possessions, especially if you’re both used to living alone in spacious houses, apartments or condos. You probably each have one of every important household item. How are you going to decide what to keep and what to get rid of?
Here’s a small task list to go through before taking the final plunge and combining two households into one.
Task List for Couple Moving In Together
- Go room by room and make a list of the most important pieces of furniture, appliances and items you are likely to have two of.
- Go through your list and decide which items you can use two of. For example, two armchairs might not take up that much space if you have a large living room, or an extra room to use as a den. If you’re moving into an apartment, condo or house with multiple bedrooms, moving with two bedroom sets will be no problem.
- For the items you only need one of, decide whose item is in the best shape. When did you buy it? How many more years is it likely to last? Will it fit the decor theme you’ve decided on?
- For those items you won’t be keeping, decide what to do with them. There’s no need to toss everything. Think about donating to charity, holding a yard sale, or asking around to see if any friends or family members need something you’re looking to give away.
Once you’ve decided which items to keep and which to get rid of, it’s time to start thinking about packing. You’re really looking forward to moving day because it means you’ll finally be living together. However, you don’t want to let this important date sneak up on you. Being prepared on moving day is the best way to keep calm during this stressful event.
If you don’t know how many moving boxes you might need to start packing, you can refer to our guide “How Many Moving Boxes Will You Need?“. Consider how many rooms are in each of your current living spaces, and keep in mind how many rooms you are moving into. This will help give you a ballpark idea of what kind of moving supplies you’ll need.
With this information, you’re now ready to book your moving company. Make sure to do this at least four weeks in advance, especially if you’re moving during the busy spring and summer moving seasons. The earlier you call to book your movers, the more likely you’ll be able to get a date and time that works best for you.
The movers will ask approximately how many moving boxes and pieces of furniture you’ll need to move, and what type of housing you are moving from and moving into. Luckily, you’ve done all the ground work ahead of time, so you can supply these answers easily. Having accurate information will mean a more accurate estimate. That way, there will be no surprises on moving day.
It’s true that moving can be a daunting process. Your moving day is made even more difficult by the fact that you’re taking two homes and turning them into one. As long as you take your time and start early, there’s no reason moving day can’t be a breeze. Once the movers are gone and you’ve unpacked, it will be time to celebrate your new life together.