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If you and your significant other have decided to take the leap and move in together, use this guide to plan out how to seamlessly merge your belongings and organize your new home.

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Maybe you’ve been seeing each other for years; maybe it’s only been a few weeks. Regardless of how long you’ve been involved with your significant other, making the decision to move in together is not a small – or easy – one. In fact, not only is it a huge thing to prepare for emotionally, it can also be a large-scale project physically. Combining two individuals’ households can make for a lot of stuff in one place. If you and your significant other have decided to take the leap and move in together, use this guide to plan out how to seamlessly merge your belongings and organize your new home.

Catalog your belongings and plan your space.

As you start preparing for your move, make a detailed list of everything you own. This should include all furniture, appliances, linens, décor, etc. After you both have made your lists, compare them to see what you are missing and what you have excess of. Once you know what you’re working with, you can start combining. Grace Brooke suggests you review your new space and roughly plan out the rooms. “This doesn’t have to be down to every little detail,” Brooke explains. “But instead… focus on basics such as room function and where some of the larger pieces will need to go for the best look and flow.” Taking pictures and measurements will also help create a plan for where both of your belongings will go.

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Purge and Combine.

Now that you have a list of what you both will be contributing to your new place, go through your belongings and get rid of what you don’t need! It’s a lot easier to purge now before combining two households than it is after you’re sharing a place. Get rid of things you don’t use, don’t want, don’t need or have duplicates of. Also, if you have a bunch of items that you would like to hang onto for the future – perhaps collectibles or heirlooms – consider renting a storage unit to house everything in.

At this point it’s also important to start figuring out a way to get organized when you move in with your partner. Sasha Graffagna recommends putting together an organizational system that will work well for the both of you. “You need to keep all your important files somewhere you can both access them, like your passports and your lease,” Graffagna says. This will ensure you both know where things are in your new place, even if you have different styles of organizing.

Communicate and Compromise.

Household moves can be one of life’s greatest stressors, and moving in with someone you love can be even more intense. Everyone has different ideas when it comes to décor, organization and general household rules, so it’s incredibly important to communicate and compromise with your significant other. Start by laying down some ground rules for your new place. Designate which housework/responsibilities each person will be in charge of and discuss any concerns or issues before they happen. When it comes to decorating your new place, compromise! Wendy Atterberry believes it can actually help your relationship if decorate together. “Collaborating on the décor will not only bring you closer, it will give each of you a sense of ownership in your new abode,” Atterberry says. “At the same time, a home makeover gives you the chance to find out how you work together as you blend your lives.”

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Moving in with your loved one doesn’t have to be stressful or unorganized. By planning ahead, purging your belongings, compromising, and keeping sentimental items in climate controlled storage you can ensure your first days of settling into your new place together are filled with easy transitions and happy moments.

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