Have you recently married? If so, you and your new spouse are finding what most newlyweds discover after the wedding party: that you now have two or more of everything, from kitchen utensils to bedroom furniture. Following are some tips to help you minimize the stress of merging two households into one.
Purge then merge
Each of you should go through your own separate belongings to get rid of whatever is in excess. If you haven’t used an item or worn it in the last year, chances are you don’t need it. Make three separate piles: one to keep, one to toss and one to donate. The more you can eliminate before you merge, the better.
After your separate purges, take stock of what you are combining, making note of duplicate items, and choose which you’d like to keep. In some cases, the choice will be easy, especially if one item is in better condition than the other. But you will probably have to compromise on other things.
Make a decorating plan
Take measurements of the space you will be sharing together to determine what furniture will function best, and where. Consider renting a storage space for those things you use. If you’re like most couples, you’ll be moving up into a larger space within the next few years and may need what you end up putting away.
At Lone Star Self-Storage, we can help you make the task of merging lives and belongings easier. We offer affordable storage units in six different sizes and month-to-month contracts. Better still, our facility is conveniently located just off I-35 in South Austin. For all your post-wedding storage needs, contact us today!
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