Blending Households after Remarriage
Getting married is an exciting and joyous occasion, but there are a lot of things that go into getting married that go beyond purchasing a ring and having a fancy ceremony. When two households that are already established merge, it can be a job to move, store and arrange everything. Taking a simple and purposeful approach, however, can help to make this process easier so that you can relish in the joys of getting married rather than the stresses of blending two households.
Look for Duplicates
One of the first things that you need to do when it comes to officially moving in together and blending your two households is to walk through each home and look for duplicate items. Chances are good that you will have two sets of furniture as well as plenty of pots, pans, dishes and other items.
Determine which items you will need extras of. For instance, you will probably want to keep plenty of towels since there will be more showers taken in a blended household than in each former household. However, make sure that you are not keeping so many items that your blended home will become cluttered.
When looking at your duplicate items, determine which items you will keep. You will probably want to keep newer and nicer items, but you may want to keep a few things for sentimental value. Don’t allow yourself to keep too many of your things, however; just determine what you need so that your new home will not be cluttered.
Get Rid of Duplicate Items
Once you have determined which items you will keep and which ones you want to get rid of, you will need to get rid of all of the duplicate items. If weather permits, consider holding a garage sale so that you can make a little bit of cash while still getting rid of these unwanted and unnecessary items.
When holding your garage sale, make sure to mark items down at low enough prices that people will want to buy them. If you have items left over or if weather doesn’t make it possible for you to have a garage sale then donate your items to someone that needs them or to a local charity.
Combine Your Belongings
The next step is combining the belongings from each household and getting accustomed to sharing them. This doesn’t mean that you have to share the same drawers or the same files, but come up with a system that works well for you and your new spouse.
Lyndsi is a part-time blogger and full-time teacher. When she and her husband moved in together they stored some of their things at Extra Space Storage – Albuquerque and self storage York PA. Lyndsi enjoys spending time with her husband and their five children.