Come Together: Combining Your Lives and Your Furniture
So, it’s finally that time! You’ve decided to either move in with someone else or have them move in with you. Whether it’s your spouse, significant other, friend or someone else, the act of cohabiting is oftentimes nerve-wracking. You probably have a dozen questions in your head. Will our styles match? Will we be irked by each other’s habits? Will I have to sacrifice my sanity for his/her preferences? Fear not! We have a few tips to help you decide which of your things stay and which of them are donated or tossed.
What should we keep?
First, check off the big, high involvement pieces. This means the sofa, coffee table, dining table and even the TV. Typically—unless there’s tremendous backlash from the other person—you should keep these pieces. With such expensive and emotionally-invested purchases, it’d not only be ill-advised but also difficult to part with them. At the same time, you also want to ensure that both of your personalities and styles are taken into consideration when making this decision, but this’ll all be explained later on.
Other pieces you should keep are those of strong sentimental value, both individually and as a couple, if you’ll be living with your partner. If you have a keepsake from your grandmother or Spelling Bee medal from elementary school, keep them somewhere safe. Just the same, keep photographs of you and your partner and display them somewhere prominent, like on the wall of the living room.
Lastly, you shouldn’t lose your identity just because you’re living with someone else. Retain some pieces that capture each person’s personality. Keep those furnishings that reflect who you are individually, but at the same time, you should find a way to merge both of your personalities so styles don’t clash.
What should we get rid of?
Speaking of clashing styles, it might be smart to get rid of a few things to ensure that the other person is happy. You’re no longer living on your own, so compromises must be made. With respect to cohabitation, balance is a major factor. The other person should feel as comfortable as possible living in their own home.
In merging both of your personalities, you should have a somewhat cohesive theme throughout your home. To maintain this, it’s important to get rid of things that may interrupt the feel of everything. This means throwing out pieces with colors that are off-base. Try to pick neutral-colored pieces. It’s imperative that every single piece in your home comes together harmoniously.
So whether it’s you or your future roommate getting ready for the big move, consider all of these tips to make sure that everything goes as smoothly as possible. Our team at Mor Furniture can help you out with all of your cohabitation needs. From big purchases like sofas to simple accent pieces, we’ve got you both covered!