Combine styles when you move in with your partner

 

Moving can be extremely stressful and combining two lives can be… Messy. Having a conversation with your partner about moving in together before bringing all of your baggage is the first place to start. It’s much easier to let go (physically and emotionally) of items, before bringing them into your new home.

 

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Tag Important Items  

Take a sticky note or colored tape and tag all of the items in your home or apartment that are especially important to you. Then you can send photos or upload them onto a shared document with your partner.

 

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Find a Common Style

Scroll through pinterest or interior design inspiration photos and tag 5 of your favorites. Then show your partner and narrow it down to a common style you both agree on. This will help to decide what stays and what goes based on whether it fits your combined style preferences.

Let Go of Old Items

Break up with your belongings and start with a clean slate! Let go of things that represent your single past to make space for building new memories together. Design a home that is a combination of both of your styles to create a sanctuary for your new life.

 

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Compromise

Give your partner’s style a chance! Before refusing to put up their beloved light up “Pink Floyd” sign, consider new spots that aren’t the center of the home for their things, like a home office, man-cave or bathroom to store more personal items. You could even designate a room to each person! For example, Sarah has free reign to design the bedroom however she wants while Tom can put his record collection in the home office with his light up sign.

Tip: If you each have a collection of signs and artwork create a gallery wall that incorporates your pieces together.

 

How to decide if you should keep something

First, consider if you actually need this item. Do you already have three spatulas and two sets of silverware? Perhaps there is a friend or a charity that you could donate this extra set to. Second, let your partner know if there is an emotional meaning to the item. Was it passed down through your family and none of your siblings wanted to keep the table? It is important to communicate these significances to your partner. Not only will you discover more about each other, you will understand why you should make a sacrifice to keep Great Aunt Jodie’s side table.

 

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If you are not ready to part with some of your things, then box them up and keep it to go through later on! Just make sure to go through your items later on and re-evaluate whether or not to keep them. Happy Moving!

 

Get your design on.

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4 Comments

  • Reply Aimee June 15, 2018 at 4:12 pm

    I love your blog! This was such a good post. My husband and I are newlyweds and still struggling to find our style! Love the compromise tip. We need to do that hahah

  • Reply Sheena D June 15, 2018 at 4:13 pm

    My husband is actually better with interior decorating than I am! But this is interesting as I still insist that I keep girly things around the house

  • Reply It's Megan June 15, 2018 at 4:19 pm

    These are really good tips! My husband and I have pretty different tastes (the thing is that he just never really buys anything – so all of his stuff is from college!) So we have a gallery wall of both styles thoughtfully put together, just like you mention!

  • Reply Nathalia June 15, 2018 at 7:14 pm

    Great post, and great tips! Luckily, my husband doesn’t care too much about style so he’ll give me sole design authority in the house, haha. But so many of these tips also apply to a couple buying new pieces as well! Compromise is so key.

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