Did you just move in with your significant other or maybe just a long-time roommate? Are you looking around your home and just now realizing that you both had stacked up enough home goods to furnish a mansion?
Not only do you have multiples of a lot of the major items in your home, but you also now have two sets of everyday items. When this happens, it’s time to declutter the space you share after moving in together.
Decluttering tips for moving in together
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How to Remove the Clutter When You Cohabitate
When most people move in together, they already have tons of plates and other dishes, kitchen utensils, silverware, pizza cutters, wine openers, coffee mugs, and not to mention all the extra clutter in other rooms too! It seems that when moving in with a partner, combining stuff is the next logical step.
Now, how do you determine what needs to be stored for later and what stuff needs to be thrown out and gotten rid of?
The best ways to go about picking and choosing between your hand-me-down home or kitchen items and amazing HomeGoods finds versus the new shacked up [wo]man in your life, is to follow these guidelines.
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Moving in Together Advice: Decluttering as a Couple
While you are going through both of your things, keep these tips in mind!
Importance of family heirlooms
Don’t just immediately go to throwing away the things you’ve gotten from family. You may want to get rid of these one day but you may want to pass them down to your future kids, but getting rid of them when you move in together isn’t the best way to deal with family treasures.
You don’t have to use your family heirlooms as decoration or keep it out for people to see but keeping them in a closet until you decide who to give them to is probably your best option.
Easy things to get rid of
Anything broken, moldy, or just plain gross, don’t think twice and get rid of it. Maybe you have something that you haven’t used it in years, and if you did want to use it, you know you are just going to buy a new one anyway!
Get rid of your old TV
Should you get rid of your TV or should he? First off, keep the better TV; duh! Also, there are other places you could still keep both TVs such as your bedroom, guest room, office, or playroom.
If you don’t need to keep both TVs, why not have LoadUp pick up the unwanted TV to haul it to a TV and electronics recycling facility or donate it to a local charity?
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Organize bathroom clutter
One thing that is the hardest to deal with when you are deciding to move in together is not having enough storage in the bathroom. Get rid of anything you haven’t used in one year, especially toiletries and cosmetics. These items do expire!
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Which sofa is best for living room?
When it comes down to it, choose the furniture that is not only the most comfortable but also fits into your new living room the best.
If your new home doesn’t have enough room to store 2 beds, 2 couches, 2 coffee tables, 2 lounge chairs, etc., you will just have to start making some tough decisions. Typically, you could probably get a return on some of these items by trying to sell them at a “we just moved in together garage sale.”
You could try your hand at selling on Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace, but if you just want to get rid of them, why not rest easy in your new home by booking furniture removal online. This way, you can get back to the fun part of moving in together *wink, wink*.
Moving in Together Checklist: Easy Decluttering!
Now that you have a few ideas of what you can do with those double items in your life, it is time to start getting rid of stuff when moving that you don’t need.
A lot of the clutter can be thrown out, but putting old items by the curb is usually not very sanitary, helpful to the vibe of your new neighborhood, or good for the Earth.
For a step-by-step breakdown of exactly how to get rid of all that extra clutter, check out our junk disposal guides.
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