Merging Households in El Paso? How to Make Moving to a New Home a Quick and Anxiety-Free Change02/13/2018When you are trying to integrate households in El Paso, there's no limit to how complicated it can get. You will be able to make this metamorphosis a lot easier, however, when you execute a good plan. We are not talking about an everday garden-variety type plan. This calls for some strategic planning. Implying about why your stuff should be in the new abode and why a majority of their stuff need to be recycled or thrown away, is not going to fly. A more fruitful way of attending to this requires you both reviewing all of your options, brainstorming some ideas, and then searching for new ways to make things go flawlessly. Here are 4 pieces of advice to help you begin. Tip #1 Review the expectations before moving the first item in El Paso. If you agree to combine households, you both need to take into consideration that you have your unique ways of doing things. Everyday routines and habits will need to mesh together. When you have thought about what to expect, the transition will be much easier. Whether you're moving to a new home or moving into your partner's home, these are some things you need to ask. How are we going to put together our stuff and put them in each room of the home? Can I redo color schemes, where the furniture is set-up, etc. so I will feel more at home there? If I would like to read a magazine, is there a noise-free corner where I can relax to do this? Will there be sufficient area at your pad so we can entertain or I can watch TV with my friends? Will I be able to turn one of the spaces to an office or is there a different area where I can set up a workspace? Do we need a secluded place in the residence where we can do a few things alone? Putting all this right there on the table will allow you to work together and fend off any potential issues. Tip # 2 Get rid of duplicate things and pick and choose favorites from each person's possessions. There was a TV show named “Clean Sweep” where professionals assisted homeowners clean a couple rooms of disarray during a two-day timeframe. This was not straightforward and there were some heated discussions between those homeowners. We don't want you to experience that, so here are some tips to help things progress smoothly. Take an inventory where you're living now. You both may possess duplicates of everything; small stuff like spatulas and toasters and bigger items like coffee tables, dressers, beds and davenports. Make a Keep, Sell, Donate and Trash list. How do you choose where to place these items? Start by looking at their condition. Is one of the two looking worse for the wear or in need of a repair? It's out. At times bigger might be better (especially in the case of a shared bed). Which option fits best in the area you're moving it into? Next, look at the quality of the items. Is one of the options of a much better quality than the other and expected to last longer? No-brainer. Pick the better items. Tip # 3 Arrive at a compromise about how these items will fit into the new space. This is vital because you don't want to commence moving in and then say, “Wait a minute, where's all my stuff supposed to go?”. It doesn't have to be complicated. Just talk through each room and discuss where you'll set what. If you write down some notes preceeding the move, you'll remember what you talked about. What if there isn't a great supply of space? An empty kitchen cabinet can hold work files, books, collectibles and other items. You can also buy floating shelves, wall mounted shelves and under-bed storage containers. Over the door hooks and organizers can provide a space for shirts, ties, hats, scarves, handbags and even jewelry. Tip # 4 Compromise, not criticize the other's possessions. They might have things that you feel are ghastly but have sentimental value to the other person. You might feel that this is the perfect time to just go crazy and get rid of all the things that you think are useless or ugly. That assortment of baseballs that he has collected over the years? Out of here. Those dolls and stuffed bears that seem to be everywhere in her apartment? Gone. Just discuss with them gently and state the reason you think something will not fit into your new home and then see if you can find a compromise. If you both have dinnerware, for example, 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 exhibit 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 nightstand? 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 is important to be thoughtful 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 crossroads in your life so we want to help make it easier. Whether you are 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 things you are going to keep, we'll treat each item with the utmost care and respect it deserves. Click here to get started on a quote today!!