In a perfect world, two people would spend time purging their respective residences before moving in together. They would go through each room and get rid of duplicates and define a decorating style. They would donate or sell, all the excess before combining their space. This isn't always the case!
So what happens when you merge two households into one and find yourself in a lot of chaos? You take it one room at a time. Start with the kitchen.
In the kitchen there are bound to be duplicates. Pick one set of the basics- dishes, silverware, glasses ect. Scale down that coffee cup collection. How do you entertain? Do you have space for kitchen overflow?
Then comes the books, records, and misc decor items. What type of style are you going for in your home? This can be challenging when you have different taste. If you have a larger space, you might be able to decorate different rooms with different items. If you are in a city condo, you have to really negotiate for space. Do your belongings fit your look? Do the different pieces fit your space on shelves or tables? Think about it.
The easiest part of merging two households is the furniture. It will either fit or not. Some people choose to store the extra if they are planning to buy a bigger place in the next few years. Weigh the costs and decide if its worth it. A large storage unit can cost a few grand a year.
Then there are the other spaces such as the closet and bathrooms. How much space do each of you need? Can you comfortably share the master closet or should one of you take over the guest room closet? Do you need to pack away off season clothes or do they fit in your space?
As for bathroom space, can you share toiletries or do you use all different items? This makes a big difference. Do you have storage in your bathroom or a linen closet right outside?
And the most important thing- make your space your own! Enjoy it!!
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