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Moving Tips: Helping pick the correct items when moving in with others

It is important to decide on items to use with your roommate

It is important to decide on items to use with your roommate

When moving in with a spouse, partner or roommate, it is important to consider that you may have some disagreements about what items to keep and what to throw away. It may be a smart plan to hash this out well in advance, as it could prevent serious issues later on.

While many roommates will be laid back about who can bring stuff or who can leave it, arguments may arise over things that the house has more than one of, when only one is needed. This can be small items such as toasters or tables in the kitchen, but it can also be televisions. What if both people have big televisions? There may be an issue over this, but it should be spoken about beforehand. Having an argument as the moving company is arriving will likely set things off on the wrong foot and make a busy time more stressful than it needs to be.

If you are moving in with a spouse or partner, one person may have an idea about how the home will look, while the other may not agree at all. It is very necessary to address this, as coming into the home and hanging pictures or posters all over the place, when the other person prefers more bare walls can cause an issue. While it seems petty, some people have a very specific way they like their home, and you may not know it, but you do as well.

It is always a good idea for people to come to a middle ground in these situations. If you want something in the house, but your new housemate does not, create a checklist of your differences. Offer concessions in exchange for some things that you want. It is likely both people will need to give up things that they want, but they will also get other items. This can improve the situation markedly and will likely cut down on frustration later on.

When having discussions like this before you start unpacking, you will be able to learn a great deal about your new housemate. By getting along early, the situation can really take off positively. Remember, you are going to live with the other person for the foreseeable future, so it is important to be courteous and understanding.