Combining Households in Houston? How to Make Moving to a New Home a Quick and Anxiety-Free Change02/13/2018When a couple is trying to merge households in Houston, there is no limit to how complicated the process can become. You should be able to make this change a lot less difficult, however, when you have a good plan. We are not referring to an so-so garden-variety type plan. Moving in together calls for a fair amount of strategic planning. Alluding about why your stuff must be in the new abode and why most of their belongings must be recycled or gotten rid of, is not going to fly. A more favorable option of approaching this involves you both going over all of your options, formulating some ideas, and then searching for different ways to ensure things go swimmingly. Here are 4 pieces of advice to help you get started. Tip #1 Review all expectations before moving the first thing in Houston. If you agree to merge households, you both need to allow that you have your own ways of doing tasks. Basic routines and lifestyles will need to blend. When you are aware of what to expect, the changeover will be much easier. Whether you're moving to a new home or moving into your partner's abode, these are some questions you should ask. How are we going to join our possessions and arrange them in the rooms of the home? Can I update color pallets, where the furniture is set-up, etc. so I will feel more comfortable there? If I would like to read a magazine, is there a calm nook where I can relax to do this? Will there be enough space at your place so we can entertain or I can hang out with my friends? Will I be able to change one of the spaces to a home office or is there a separate area where I can create a workspace? Do we need a secluded place in the house where we can do some things alone? Getting all this right there on the table will permit you to work together and ward off any possible issues. Tip # 2 Purge duplicate things and pick and choose the best from each person's possessions. There was a television program named “Clean Sweep” on which professionals helped homeowners clear up to two rooms of clutter during a two-day time. This wasn't simple and there were some uneasy discussions between those homeowners. We don't want you to go through that, so here are several suggestions to make things move along easily. Create an inventory where you're living now. You both will possess duplicates of a lot of things; small stuff like spatulas and toasters and bigger stuff like dining room tables, dressers, beds and davenports. Make a Hang on to, Sell, Donate and Toss list. How do you choose where to put each item? Commence by looking at their condition. Is one of the two looking worn or in need of a repair? It is out. Sometimes bigger may be better (especially in the case of a shared bed). Which thing fits best in the area 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. Pick the best quality items. Tip # 3 Arrive at an agreement about how these belongings will be arranged into the new space. This is vital because you do not want to start moving in and then say, “Hey, where's all my stuff supposed to go?”. It doesn't need to get complicated. Just talk through each room and discuss where you will set what. If you make some rough sketches preceeding the move, you'll remember what you talked about. What if there is not an abundance of space? An empty kitchen cabinet can hold work folders, magazines, collectibles and other items. You can also purcase floating shelves, wall mounted shelves and under-bed storage bins. Over the door hooks and organizers can supply a space for shirts, ties, hats, scarves, handbags and even jewelry. Tip # 4 Compromise, not criticize the other's possessions. They might possess things that you think are dreadful but have sentimental value to the other person. You might think that this is a great time to just go crazy and dispose of all the things that you believe are useless or ugly. That assortment of t-shirts that he has collected over the years? Out of here. Those dolls and stuffed animals that seem to be everywhere in her apartment? Gone. Just discuss with them genuinely and state why you believe something will not fit into your new place and then see if you can come to 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 incredibly creative ways to display 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 dining room table? Whether you are moving together into a new home or one person is moving in with another, it's important to be thoughtful of each other's needs because this change is strange for both of you. At A-1 Freeman, we know that moving is a major crossroads in your life so we want to assist in making it less anxious. Whether you're simply moving across town or to a vastly 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. Click here to get started on a quote today!!