Moving in with a significant other is a big deal. Whether you’re getting a new place together or relocating into someone’s existing place, moving in with someone requires careful consideration.

But, don’t despair. What follows are the practical aspects involved with such a monumental process, as well as recommendations as to how you can make this transition as smooth as possible.

1. Deciding Where to Live

Agreeing on the right location for you both is essential. You need to decide who will be moving in with whom, or whether you want to find a new place together. Neither option is better than the other, but a fresh start in a completely new place can ensure that both of you feel at home. Be considerate of your significant other while choosing a location to live. Make sure that it is convenient for you both, in terms of distance to work, entertainment, and other considerations. It’s also important to consider the cost of a new location, and whether you can both afford it.

2. Choosing What Furniture to Keep

Before moving in together, each of you should decide what to do with your stuff. It’s likely that you both have belongings that you’ll want to keep. However, it’s not practical to hang on to all of your furniture. Some of it will have to go. So, you need to discuss this in advance to prevent either of you from feeling disappointed. Once you’ve decided where you’ll be moving in together, you can take stock of the space and decide what will go where. This will make it easier to determine what furniture stays, and what items go.

3. Storing Unused Belongings

Once you’ve decided which items are unwanted, you can get rid of them. Some items such as unwanted furniture, kitchen items, knick-knacks, and clothing can be donated or sold. Other items that are damaged and deemed as junk can be tossed or recycled. However, there likely be some tough-to-part-with items. This could include furniture that is in good condition and might be used later (when you have more space), or items of sentimental value. It may be worthwhile renting a self-storage unit with SpareFoot for these belongings. You could split the rental cost with your significant other and then both store items safely in the storage unit until you can figure out what to do with them.

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4. Determining What Your Home Needs

Even though you might have to purge or store certain items, you still may not have everything you require for your new life together. Once you’ve stored excess belongings, discuss what other things you may need for your new home. Most likely you’ll need items such as bedding, rugs, towels, kitchen appliances, dinnerware, cutlery, or electronics. Come up with a budget and plan to shop for these new items together, so you can both feel involved.

5. Organizing and Decorating

The final thing to consider is how you’ll organize your belongings and decorate your new space. Take stock of the overall space and determine how much room is available after you move in the furniture and belongings you both decide to keep. As you move and settle in, create organizational systems that you both agree on to help keep your home tidy. In addition to shopping for furniture as a couple, decide on décor, such as paint color, artwork, and photographs.

An Exciting Event

Moving in with your significant other is a big life change but can be a truly exciting event. Use this guide to consider all the practical aspects related to the move, to make it a fun and seamless transition for everyone involved.

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Daniella Schoeman