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Life is full of sweet and enriching moments that you will look back on fondly, reminiscing about the humor and/or sentimentality of it all. One of those moments for most couples is when they move in together. You think you know someone until you share a bathroom and a closet. While there will be situations that bring you and your partner closer together, along with ones that cause conflict and compromise, you can mindfully make certain decisions to decorate and organize your home in order to facilitate a smooth transition — check out the following tips for decorating as a couple (on a budget).
Finding Your Style
A person’s living space is an adequate reflection of who they are, what they love, and what they enjoy. When two people move in together, the space should not only reflect each personality, but also reflect who you are together. Monopolize on each room and each space to set the tone for this new season in your life. Brainstorm with your loved one about your decor tastes and set budget limits. If your tastes are not the same, take the opportunity to seek out a style you both enjoy. When you can’t find a mutual love for one style, communication and compromise are key when decorating as a couple.
One Closet, Two People
Combining your assets into one shared space is challenging, but it’s not impossible. One of the biggest obstacles will be determining how to organize your closet. Unless you’re blessed with two full-size walk-in closets, you will need to figure out the puzzle that comes with merging two lives into one space. Fortunately, there are many inexpensive ways to achieve this. For instance, if your closet has one rod, add a second one so you can fully utilize the vertical space. Consider adding shelving to stack sweaters and pants. Add some shoe racks and ditch the clunky boxes. Finally, donate what you don’t wear, toss what is not repairable, and store seasonal items to free up some much-needed space.
Sharing Is Caring
As children, we have to be taught to share. It’s not natural for us to share our space and belongings, and in some ways, it doesn’t get easier as we get older, especially after we have grown used to living by our own rules. You can make the process easier by planning and setting yourself up for success. Two people means you will each need the same amount of space in the most used areas of your home, such as the bathrooms, drawers, bedrooms, and closets. Utilize budget-friendly organizational tools such as bins, drawer sets, dividers, racks, and shelving.
It’s All in the Details
Whether you’re moving into a new place together or a place your significant other already lived in, take the process slowly. There’s no rush to bring clutter into your home. Consider each room and what should go in it when decorating as a couple. This is a time in your life where both of you should purge the nonessentials and start mixing in your belongings. You don’t need three of the same items or belongings you haven’t used in a year. As you combine your households, keep in mind that you each have things you love (i.e. books, art, family photos, movies). And to embrace your life together, you will need to embrace change and an eclectic style.
Moving in together is an exciting step that will teach you a lot about each other as well as yourself. Starting off on the right foot and setting yourself up for success is essential. Develop a plan and budget before you move in by talking about what styles you love and how you like to organize. If you’re not seeing eye-to-eye with your partner, take the opportunity to investigate different design styles together. Tackle small spaces as a team, purging what you don’t need or use and storing out-of-season items. Finally, embrace your different styles, compromise, and integrate a little bit of each of you when decorating as a couple.
Guest article written by Natalie Jones of Homeowner Bliss