Newlyweds: Tips for Moving In Together
Amidst all the wedding planning and family drama that comes with it -- you may have had little time to think about what’s involved when moving in with your significant other. Whether you’re shacking up in your fiance’s downtown condo or you’ve just bought a house together in the suburbs, one question remains: What will you do with all your stuff? Chances are you now have doubles of everything: two toasters, two coffee tables, two sets of bedsheets. And the list goes on and on.
With two of everything but only enough room for one, how do you decide what stays and what goes? At Real Storage, we have self-storage units in a variety of sizes to house all the goods that didn’t make the final cut. To minimize stress, take a look at our tips for newlyweds who are moving in together.
1. Consider the decor when deciding which furniture will stay
By coming to a loose agreement on what your interior will look like, you can decide whose couch will stay and whose coffee table must go. If you’ve bought a home together, are you aiming for a minimalist decor or rustic chic instead? When moving into your partner’s townhouse, will you merge your style with his or completely revamp the existing space?
Take a good look at all the furniture you own and make decisions based on style and overall quality. If there are certain items you both refuse to get rid of, see if you can carve out space for each of you. Perhaps you can turn the den into a small office for yourself and your partner can have the basement. These separated areas can be personalized to suit your individual tastes, and you can each put your cherished belongings in there. Meanwhile, leave common areas like the living and dining rooms for furniture you both agree on.
2. Decide which items will go into storage
For all the items that didn’t make the cut, it’s time to decide whether you’ll sell them or put them into storage. Selling these belongings may be a good idea if you don’t plan on ever using them again. However you may want to save them, especially if you see yourselves moving to a bigger place down the line. You may not have the room for all these items now. But may want that extra console table or recliner when you upsize your existing home.
Try to pare down your items as much as possible, and either throw out or sell the rest. This way, you’re only paying to keep the valuables you absolutely need, instead of wasting money to store junk. Be sure to wrap all furniture in plastic to avoid chips and scratches. Use sturdy boxes for your plates, dishes and other cookware. Vases and other fragile items should always be protected in bubble wrap before going into storage.
Safety is a top priority when choosing a storage facility for your goods. Make sure it offers 24-hour video surveillance and individual door alarms. The grounds should also be well-lit at night as this can deter criminals from breaking in.
Plan your moving dates wisely.
If half of your belongings are going into storage, avoid delivering them to your unit on the same date you’re moving into your new home. Keep your moving schedule as streamlined as possible by separating these two initiatives.
You will need time and patience to fill your storage unit properly as it requires more effort than simply shoving everything in there. If you’ll need periodic access to your belongings, you’ll want to create ‘lanes’ so you can walk in and out of your unit easily. Your items will also have to be organized so that rarely used valuables are in the back of the unit -- and more frequently needed goods are in the front. Because moving into a new home requires just as much effort, you’ll want to give yourself ample time in between to minimize stressful situations.
Make a budget and stick to it.
Whether you’re moving up the street or across the province, relocation expenses can add up quickly. Be realistic about the costs that will be involved. There’s not only the price of truck rentals and packing supplies to consider, but deposits on utility bills too. If you’re getting a self-storage unit, you’ll have to set money aside for the monthly rental fees as well. Ask the storage operator about promotions as companies usually offer discounts to first-time renters.
Make a budget with your significant other and stick to it. See if you can cut down on unnecessary expenses to make ends meet. Once both of you are settled in, establish who will be paying for what. If your partner is taking care of the mortgage, perhaps you can pay for the property tax and utility bills. When you already know who is taking care of what, it will cut down on misunderstandings once the first batch of bills comes around.
Moving in with your significant other is a huge step that can be very stressful. But by following our tips, you’ll avoid any unnecessary strain on your relationship and can enjoy each other’s company instead.
For more tips and information, please call Real Storage at 1-877-215-7325 or contact us here.