Most of us will move residences more than 11 times throughout our lives. But while every move can be difficult and stressful, one in particular comes with a unique set of challenges, as well as some unique rewards.
Moving into your first home, either on your own or perhaps with a spouse, is exciting. However, owning a home is a lot different than renting an apartment. One key differentiator is the ability to decorate your space however you see fit, from choosing new flooring to finding the perfect furniture. Still, blending two households, two personalities and two styles can lead to plenty of disagreements.
Knowing all this, here are three tips to make moving easier and ensure a smooth transition to your new home.
1. Declutter Ahead of Your Move
Before you start decorating your new home or even packing up boxes for the big move, consider doing a bit of decluttering and downsizing. Even if your new house is larger than where you live now, the last thing you want to do is fill it with things you no longer want or need.
From old, worn out furniture that no longer suits your style to the piles upon piles of clothing you no longer wear, know that these items will take up unneeded space in your fresh, new digs. In other words, sell, donate or get rid of things you know you won’t need after the move.
2. Make a Fresh Style Start
Whether you’re moving solo or with a spouse or significant other, you’ll undoubtedly bring old styles into your new space. Sometimes this works well. For instance, if you favored classic décor in your previous residence and your new home features timeless architecture and a classic layout, you can likely utilize what you already own.
But, in many cases, the style and décor from your previous pad might not transition well or be a good fit in your new space. If you’re able, consider going with a fresh, new style for your space.
Additionally, if you’re moving in with your spouse for the first time, you’ll not only need to meld your style with the look and feel of your new home, but also bring together two distinct styles in one space. Now, say one of you isn’t ready and willing to give up their style for the other person’s. Then consider working together to choose a new, unique look for your home. Finding new décor and furniture that blends your shared styles is a great way to make your new space your own and turn your house into a home.
3. Make the Most of Your Space
When you move from one apartment to another every few years, you probably don’t want to buy new furniture and décor each time you pack your bags. This means you likely wound up with some mismatched items that don’t quite fit perfectly in your space. The same might happen when you try to move your old stuff to your new home.
To prevent this, look for ways to make the most of your space, both with your choice of new furniture and décor, as well as your use of anything you’re bringing with you. For instance, while that oversized couch might not fit in your new living room, it may make the perfect centerpiece for a basement hangout.
And space-saving furniture like a fold-out dining table or a Murphy bed can help you maximize a tight space without giving up comfort in your new home.
Moving into Your First Home
Moving into a new home and decorating and organizing your new space is fun and exciting, but it can also be challenging. Use these tips to make the most of your space, ease the transition, and meld your style with your spouse’s as you celebrate this next step in your journey together!