Moving in Together: What to Toss & What to Keep

Posted by Ria, 07 Aug

Moving in with your significant other is a big step in your relationship. While you might be nervous or apprehensive at the thought of what this new chapter will bring, being careful and considerate throughout the whole process is the most important part. And that starts with the conversation about what goes and what stays when you move in together.

According to a study by Wakefield Research, while 90 percent of Americans in a relationship admit that they would get rid of their significant other belongings if there were no consequences, one-in-three Americans say they would consider breaking up with someone if that person threw out something of value to them. So what items should stay and what should go? Let's take a look.

3 Things to Toss

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1. Items From Exes

It seems obvious, but you'd be surprised at how many items from exes you may have collected over the years. If you're moving in with someone at a later age, it's common to have kept all those watches, photo frames and home accessories passed down from previous relationships. But this is a clean slate, so get rid of the old ghosts and replace them with items you and your current partner picked out together. Not only is it considerate of their feelings, but it's great to begin this new chapter.

2. Your Bedding

Chances are your partner's bedding is not something you would've picked out and vice versa. Now's the time to pick out bedding together. If your styles are too different to agree on a pattern and color scheme together, opt for something neutral that you both can live with. White bedding is always a great choice and makes it easy to add pillows and change them up from time to time to keep it interesting.

3. Old Shoes and Clothes

Moving is the perfect opportunity to get rid of all the old stuff you no longer use. When moving in with a partner, fitting two people's things in one closet can be the biggest challenge, so make an effort to get rid of anything that doesn't need to be there. That dress or shirt you haven't worn for years but haven't had the strength to throw out? Now is the time.

3 Things to Keep

1. Heirlooms

Despite your personal thoughts of an item, it's usually best to avoid asking your partner to get rid of something that you know they value. No matter how ugly, annoying or silly it is to you, asking them to throw it out could lead to resentment in the future. Whether it's a family heirloom or just something they place value on, this may be when sacrifice and compromise are necessary.

2. Home Security System

It's often something that is overlooked, but when moving, ensuring your home security camera system is up to scratch is very important. You may be moving into a new neighborhood, and therefore not familiar with everyday life, and certain habits may change when you start living with a new person. Therefore, make sure your home security camera system is upgraded and running smoothly.

3. Things You Both Love

The home you have with your partner is an opportunity to show off and represent the things you share as a couple. So keep any memorabilia from your relationship, like photos or gifts, and use them as decorations in the home. Any hobbies or interests you both have together, like artwork or activities, should also be kept and represented in the house.

Living with your partner is an exciting and memorable time for both of you, so don't let petty things like what to throw out and what to keep get in the way of your happiness. Follow these few rules and keep open communication so that you can both enjoy each other's company every day.

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