Tips for Merging Two Households

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First time home buyers may find themselves with the tricky task of combining all of the household items accumulated through the years of being on their own. Here are a few tips to keep your special items, decide what goes, and maintain your relationship once the dust settles!

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Talk: Seems simple, but it’s seriously overlooked. Make sure you’re on the same page about your expectations. You’ll need to know what each other are planning on bringing — especially the big stuff such as furniture.

Plan: Make a plan. Sit down together and figure out a layout for each room (communal areas for roommates, each room for significant others). If you figure out where things will be placed ahead of time, it will save a lot of arguing and headaches. It’ll also help save your wallet because you might not run out to purchase something if you know you already have a full room.

Expect the Unexpected: You may be surprised by the extensive troll collection your significant other had tucked away before you decided to move in together. That new built-in shelving in the living room seems like the perfect place to them. Know how to roll with the punches and handle the situation accordingly.

Compromise: There will be the few things that you will not see eye-to-eye on and that’s okay.

Mix & Match: Maybe your roommate moved in with some really great curtains, but you have a set as well. Switch them out periodically to let each voice be heard in the communal spaces! This also works really well for throw pillows and blankets — just throw them all on the couch and see what works and what doesn’t.

What advice do you have for merging two households?