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February 13, 2018

Merging Households in El Paso? How to Make Moving to a New Home a Quick and Anxiety-Free Metamorphosis

Moving to a New HomeWhen you are trying to combine households in El Paso, there is no extent to how muddled the process can become. You should be able to make this metamorphosis a lot less difficult, however, when you create a good plan. We are not meaning an average garden-variety type plan. An event of this magnitude calls for a decent amount of strategic planning.

Alluding about why your belongings should be in the new abode and why most of their stuff must be recycled or gotten rid of, is not going to fly. A more successful option of dealing with this involves you both going over all of your selections, formulating some ideas, and then looking for out-of-the-box ways to ensure things go smoothly. Here are four tips to help you begin.

Tip #1

Discuss the expectations prior to moving anything in El Paso.

If you choose to merge households, you both should understand that you have your own ways of doing things. Basic routines and behaviors will have to mesh together. When you know what to expect, the transition will be much smoother.

No matter if you are moving to a new home or moving into your partner's residence, these are a few items you need to ask.

  • How are we going to put together our possessions and put them in every room of the house?
  • Can I redo color schemes, where the furniture is set-up, etc. so I will feel more cozy there?
  • If I want to read a magazine, is there a calm nook where I can sit to do this?
  • Will there be sufficient space at your pad so we can entertain or I can hang out with my friends?
  • Will I be able to convert one of the rooms into a home office or is there another area where I can create a workspace?
  • Should we have a secluded space in the house where we can do a few things by ourselves?

Placing all of this right there on the table will permit you to work together and head off any potential issues.

Tip # 2

Get rid of duplicate things and pick and choose the best from each person's stuff.

There was a television show called “Clean Sweep” on which professionals helped homeowners clean up to two rooms of disorder during a two-day period. This wasn't straightforward and there were several uneasy conversations between those homeowners. We do not want you to go through that, so here are several suggestions to make things move along without tears.

  • Create an inventory where you're living currently.
  • You both will own duplicates of a lot of things; small stuff like wooden spoons and toasters and bigger things like end tables, dressers, beds and sofas.
  • Make a Keep, Sell, Donate and Toss list. How do you make a decision on where to put these items?
  • Start by evaluating their condition. Is one of the two looking worn out or in need of a repair? It is out.
  • At times bigger can be better (especially in the case of a shared bed). Which thing goes best in the space you're moving it into?
  • Next, look at the quality of the items. Is one of the options of a much higher quality than the other and expected to last longer? No-brainer. Pick the better things.

Tip # 3

Arrive at an agreement about how these belongings will fit into the new area.

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

It doesn't need to be complicated. Just talk through each room and confer where you will put what. If you write down some notes prior to the move, you'll remember what you talked about.

What if there isn't a lot of space? An empty kitchen cabinet can hold work papers, books, collectibles and other items. You can also buy floating shelves, wall mounted shelves and under-bed storage boxes. Over the door hooks and organizers can give an area for shirts, ties, hats, scarves, handbags and even jewelry.

Tip # 4

Compromise, not criticize the other's belongings. They might have things that you think are hideous but have sentimental value to the other person.

You might think that this is a great time to just go wild and trash all the things that you believe are useless or ugly. 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 talk to them gently and make clear why you feel something will not fit into your new home and then see if you can uncover 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 super creative ways to show this stuff.
  • If your partner is sentimental about some of their furniture, can you reupholster that chair so it suits both of your likes? Paint a end table? Get a new top for the kitchen table?

Whether you are 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 metamorphosis is strange for both of you.

At A-1 Freeman, we know that moving is a major change in your life so we want to assist in making it less stressful. Whether you're simply moving across the city 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.

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The Mickelson Family
The Mickelson Family
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Very pleased with the overall respect and care the men gave to my possessions. Even mailing me very quickly the only thing lost in transit. Would recommend to anyone needing a long distant move.
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