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Guest Blogger DIYMama Erin Reynolds: Moving in Together? Here’s How to Make Your House a Home

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You’ve probably heard the saying, “Home is where the heart is,” and it’s true. But, if you and your significant other are taking the next step and moving in together, it will take some work to make your house a home. Two personalities, styles, and preferences are coming together—and the two of you have to find a way to make them mesh that doesn’t involve dividing the house down the middle. The following are just a few tips to get your home organized, decorated, and settled so you can enjoy this new chapter.

Purging is a Must

 

No one likes to get rid of their things, but trying to fit two people’s worth of stuff in a home can be overwhelming, at best. A pre-move purge is a must for both of you. First, start by going through each room and separating items into keep, donate, sell, and trash piles. Once you’ve narrowed down your things, the two of you can come together and decide on duplicates, such as whose cookware, appliances, bedding, and furniture you’ll keep. You don’t need six frying pans and two mismatched couches. These decisions can be difficult, so if there are a few items you can’t agree on, put them in storage until you figure out what to do with them. The overall average price of a self-storage unit booked in Los Angeles, California over the past 180 days is $144.76. This is also a great place to keep items until you figure out the layout, as well as anything you don’t have room for now, but could see a future use for.

Keep Organization at the Forefront

 

Remember, a cluttered home isn’t cozy—it’s chaotic. This should be your mantra when it comes to home décor. Be sure to measure everything. By taking measurements before you bring items in, you might find your significant other’s loveseat is a way better fit than your bulky recliner. Make a conscious effort to use every inch of space wisely, as organization is an area couples tend to disagree on. For example, kitchen counters that serve as a drop zone could be your breaking point, while your significant other can’t stand a cluttered bathroom vanity. Make rules, but be willing to communicate and compromise. It may be helpful to look for versatile items that can serve multiple purposes. For example, if you insist on having piles of throw pillows and blankets accessible, but your partner thinks they are excessive and should be out of sight, meet halfway: For only about $100 you could get an ottoman that comes with built-in storage—a neat yet convenient place for those comfort items.

Don’t Overdo It When Mixing Styles

 

Designing and decorating a new home can be stressful. You could hire a professional interior decorator, though the average hourly rate can be as much as $500, according to Houzz. If you’re on a tight budget, though, don’t worry. There’s plenty of accessible (and free) advice online about designing and decorating a new home.

 

The two of you likely have completely different styles, which is why interior designer Sara Costello recommends painting walls a non-color such as white or cream. “With those non-color colors, you can weave in a palette that is masculine and feminine,” Costello said. Then, add pops of color via wall art, accent pillows, and various decorative items. If you have your own décor you are bringing in, incorporate it slowly, and make sure you both agree on it. Taking over the space can quickly lead to an argument. If you will be shopping for new furniture pieces, décor, or even something as simple as new bath towels, be sure you make purchases together so that one individual’s style doesn’t shine through more than the other.

 

Above all else, be kind and understanding toward one another. This is a huge change for both of you, and there will likely be arguments and disagreements. But at the end of the day, you are in it together. Take your time, go slow, talk often, and enjoy the ride!

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Posted by on October 25, 2018 in Organizing

 

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Super Share Monday- 4 Tips To Better Organization!

Happy Monday everybody!!! I am excited to be here! I am happy to be alive and ready to tackle another day on Earth! I am gratitude that you are alive too and reading this blog post!!

I am going to share a few organizing things with you today. Give you something to think about and maybe try if you aren’t doing these things already.

  • GO OUT AND BUY labels. They are good for identifying where things are at a quick glance. There are all kinds of labels out there for different surfaces. They have easy peel on and off ones too. Label your drawers. Label your boxes in the garage. .Label the inside of your cabinets listing where things belong. Get a sharpie or thicker marker to write on the labels.

  • PUT A LAUNDRY BAG/BASKET in your bathroom. If you have room. Or in the room outside or next to your bathroom.  Or in your bedroom. The goal is to put it somewhere you are most likely to put your dirty clothes and towels. I say keep them near the area you shower/bathe/take off clothes after work/school/gym  Make it easy on yourself.

  • SCHEDULE SOME TIME to go in your closet and try on clothes. See what still fits or looks good or is in good shape and whats NOT. Get rid of whats not! If you are sensitive about your size, I say do it alone. For me I’ve done it with GOOD friends and they helped decide what to keep.

  • PLACE A HOOK on the backs of some of your doors. Say the bathroom door, a closet door, the bedroom door. A place for a jacket or a robe or your clothes for the next day. Don’t put too many hooks you don’t want to clutter your eyesight. I say just one good one!

Some of these may not apply to you, that’s okay, I will be super sharing more random organizing tips! Otherwise try these and see if they work for you! Have a great week!

 
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Posted by on March 19, 2018 in Organizing

 

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Four Tips of Implementing A Decision

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So you’ve made the decision to clean up a room or organize the garage. Here are four tips that I feel are important when implementing the decision:

1) Identifying Specific Steps to be accomplished.

2) Determining the resources and materials needed. What you will need and where to go to get it.

3) Agreeing on individual responsibilities. Unless it is you alone.

4) Providing for Unforeseen circumstances. Problems arise sometimes. Stay open and flexible.

 
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Posted by on May 31, 2014 in Organizing

 

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