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February 13, 2018

Merging Households in San Antonio? How to Make Moving to a New Home a Quick and Stress-Free Metamorphosis

Moving to a New HomeWhen you are trying to integrate households in San Antonio, there's no extent to how difficult things can get. You should 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. An event of this magnitude calls for a fair amount of strategic planning.

Alluding about why your stuff need to be in the new house and why most of their things need to be recycled or gotten rid of, is not going to fly. A more fruitful way of attending to this requires you both looking at all of your options, listing some ideas, and then searching for new ways to make things go flawlessly. Here are 4 tips to help you begin.

Tip #1

Review the expectations before moving the first item in San Antonio.

If you agree to combine households, you both need to understand that you have your own ways of doing things. Basic routines and behaviors will need to merge. 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 abode, these are some things you should ask.

  • How are we going to put together our stuff and put them in each room of the house?
  • Can I redo color schemes, where the furniture is set-up, etc. so I will feel more at home there?
  • If I want 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 play poker with my friends?
  • Will I be able to turn one of the areas 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 by ourselves?

Putting all this right there on the table will allow you to work together and fend off any potential issues.

Tip # 2

Purge duplicate things and pick and choose favorites from each person's possessions.

There was a TV show named “Clean Sweep” where professionals helped homeowners clean a couple rooms of disorder during a two-day timeframe. This was not straightforward and there were some edgy 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 space 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 area.

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

It doesn't have to become complicated. Just talk through each room and discuss where you'll set what. If you write down some notes prior to the move, you'll remember what you discussed.

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 things. 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 dispose of all the things that you think are useless or ugly. That assortment of t-shirts 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 keep 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 dresser? Get a new top for the dining room 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 less stressful. 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 possessions you are going to keep, we'll treat each item with the utmost care and respect it deserves.

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The Mickelson Family
The Mickelson Family
Best. Move. Ever!
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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