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Combining Households without Combining Clutter

December, 4th, 2019 at 3:21 pm

The holidays are the time for families and loved ones to gather together and reconnect. As it turns out, the holidays are a popular time for another activity – engagement. According to a recent study conducted by Brides magazine, the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas are the most popular weeks for engagements to occur. Additionally, 19 percent of engagements happen in the month of December.

 

What does this mean for the future? As you begin your life together, most couples combine bank accounts, mortgage payments and, you guessed it, belongings. Combining households can be an exciting time and can also create stress if you don’t have a proper gameplan for optimizing the space in your new living arrangement. In this article, we’ll cover how to combine your household in a smooth and efficient way to avoid stress and start your new life on track and positive.

 

Evaluate Your New Space

Before you move into your new space, be sure to make measurements of the furniture you both have to ensure your furniture will fit in your new space. Take an inventory of each item you have and measure the item. Once you’ve measured the items you’ve chosen, compare the measurements against the room size so that you know the item will fit in the space and will not feel cluttered.

Compromise

Like in any relationship, compromise is key to a healthy one. The same holds true when you’re combining households. Keep an open mind when choosing which items to keep and give away.

Selling your items

If you decide to part ways with items of value, selling the items often helps give you spare cash towards moving expenses, your new house payment, or replacements in your new home. Below are a few websites to sell the unused items that won’t make the move with you.

Amazon

The beauty of Amazon is that you can sell and ship pretty much everything on the platform directly to buyers. Some items are excluded from the list, so be sure to check the list out before you create an account. Amazon offers multiple selling plans for your items. The Standard Plan charges $0.99 per item and referral fee for each item sold on its platform. The Professional Plan eliminates the per $0.99 per item and replaces it with a $39.99 monthly subscription fee. Upgrading the Professional Plan makes sense if you have more than forty items to sell.

Ebay 

Ebay is a great resource that allows you to auction and sell a wide range of goods and has a slightly simpler fee structure than Amazon. You pay eBay 10% of the final sale price of the item, which includes shipping costs but excludes sales tax.

(Note: You can estimate your item fees with this calculator.) 

Reduce Duplicates

Do you really need two coffee makers, blenders, and knife sets? Taking an inventory of your items and removing duplicates helps reduce clutter in your new home. Choose the nicest of the two items and either sell the items on the platforms above or consider storing them in a storage unit until you can find it forever home.

Reserve a Storage Unit

After you have purged and compromised with your spouse as to which items to keep and get rid of, renting a storage unit is a great option to keep the clutter out of your home, but still keep your belongings. Storage units also help organize your items during the combination process without taking up space in your new home. Another advantage of a self-storage unit is that once you have moved into your home, you can go through your items in phases at your own pace, rather than storing your stuff in your house.