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February 13, 2018

Merging Households in Houston? How to Make Moving to a New Home a Quick and Stress-Free Transition

Moving to a New HomeWhen you are trying to blend households in Houston, there is no boundary to how difficult the process can become. You can make this change a lot easier, however, when you create a good plan. We are not referring to an everday garden-variety type plan. An event of this magnitude necessitates a fair amount of strategic planning.

Dropping hints about why your belongings should be in the new home and why a majority of their things need to be recycled or gotten rid of, is not going to be well received. A more fruitful option of dealing with this requires you both looking at all of your options, formulating some ideas, and then searching for different ways to help things go smoothly. Follow these 4 pointers to help you begin.

Tip #1

Discuss all expectations prior to moving the first thing in Houston.

If you choose to combine households, you both need to take into consideration that you have your own ways of accomplishing things. Basic routines and habits will have to merge. When you know what to expect, the transition will be much less stressful.

No matter if you're moving to a new home or moving into your partner's house, these are some items you should ask.

  • How are we going to combine our stuff and arrange them in every room of the residence?
  • Can I redo color schemes, how the furniture is set-up, etc. so I can feel more comfortable there?
  • If I want to read a magazine, is there a quiet corner where I can go to do this?
  • Will there be sufficient room at your home so we can entertain or I can hang out with my friends?
  • Will I be able to convert one of the spaces into a home office or is there a separate room where I can set up a workspace?
  • can we have a separate space in the house where we can do a few things alone?

Placing all of this right there in the open will allow you to work with eachother and head off any possible problems.

Tip # 2

Tag duplicate items and pick and choose favorites from each person's stuff.

There was a television program called “Clean Sweep” where professionals aided homeowners clean a couple rooms of mess during a two-day timeframe. This wasn't easy and there were some uneasy conversations between those homeowners. We do not desire for you to undergo that, so here are a few ways to help things progress smoothly.

  • Create an inventory where you're living now.
  • You both may have duplicates of most things; small things like spatulas and toasters and bigger items like dining room tables, dressers, beds and davenports.
  • Make a Hang on to, Sell, Donate and Trash list. How do you make a decision on where to put each item?
  • Begin by looking at their condition. Is one of the two looking worn or in need of a repair? It's out.
  • At times bigger might be better (especially in the case of a shared bed). Which item fits best in the room you're moving it into?
  • Next, look at the quality of the stuff. Is one of the options of a much better quality than the other and expected to last longer? No-brainer. Select the better items.

Tip # 3

Come to an agreement about how these things will be arranged into the new place.

This is crucial because you don't want to start moving in and then say, “Wait a minute, where is all my stuff supposed to go?”.

It does not need to be stressful. Just talk through each room and confer where you will put what. If you take some photos prior to the move, you'll remember what you discussed.

What if there is not a great supply of space? An empty kitchen cabinet can hold work files, books, collectibles and other things. You can also purcase floating shelves, wall mounted shelves and under-bed storage bins. Over the door hooks and organizers can give a space for shirts, ties, hats, scarves, handbags and even jewelry.

Tip # 4

Compromise, not criticize the other's things. They might own things that you believe are dreadful but have sentimental value to the other person.

You might believe that this is a great time to just go wild and dispose of all the things that you believe are useless or unattractive. That assortment of t-shirts that he's collected over the the last decade? Out of here. Those dolls and stuffed animals that seem to be everywhere in her apartment? Gone.

Just discuss with them genuinely and state the reason you feel something will not fit into your new place and then see if you can find a compromise.

  • If you both have dinnerware, for instance, you can have one set for casual occasions and the other for special occasions.
  • If your partner has a shot glass, stamp, coin, candle, snow globe, guitar, or doll collection, Buzzfeed gives you 31 very creative ways to exhibit this stuff.
  • If your partner is sentimental about some of their furniture, can you reupholster that chair so it suits both of your tastes? Paint a dresser? Get a new top for the kitchen table?

Whether you're moving together into a new home or one person is moving in with another, it's crucial to be sympathetic of each other's needs because this change is new for both of you.

At A-1 Freeman, we know that moving is a major transition in your life so we want to help make it easier. Whether you're simply moving across the city or to a totally different part of the country, let us do most of the hard work for you. And when you decide which possessions you're going to move, we'll treat each item with the utmost care and respect it deserves.

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The Mickelson Family
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