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.