So after a joyful celebration, spending the rest of your life with each other is now a reality. If you have living together and are now shifting to a new home after your wedding, there could be some amount of stress and emotions that can be overwhelming at times. There are a millions confusing questions at this point, however being aware of the situation can help ease the process. So here are a few things you must plan ahead for or discuss with your spouse. Designing your new home together and living comfortably in it is going to be a whole new experience for many.
Deciding on your living situation
If you have been living with relatives until your wedding day, you are likely to choose a new home to move into. However, if you are living separately, you will have to decide upon the either moving into your partners house or getting a new home. Besides deciding on whether you need to rent or buy you will also have to jointly decide on whether the two of you prefer a house or an apartment. Take time to discuss each others finances that should include monthly spending and savings.
Creating a space you can call your own
Having a space that is comfortable is a reflection of your personality, a space of your own. “Spaces like the kitchens, bathrooms and living room are among the most used spaces in a home that define your comfort levels” say Gregory Muller from Eadus, a space design consulting agency. Be a part of the planning process of your living space, your spouse may not be aware of the what you perspective for a room could be, your inputs can be save remodelling costs and expense.
Your money is hard earned and being clear at the very beginning on the how you would spend, save and allocate a budget for every household is essential. As described by this Huffington Post article by Sharon Gilchrest O’Neil, majority of couples view money differently. O’Neal says that a couple must identify who among them is a spender and who the saver and accordingly plan on a household budget that you can live with. Decide in advance on whether you’ll have a joint bank account together or continue to have them separately.
Purging household items
Often when couples move in you have appliances and other household items that you may have individually owned previously that might be extras now. Consider a garage sale or maybe even donate a few items to charity for a tax deduction. Set out together in picking new furniture and things for the house. This is fun experience for a newly wed couple which is exciting to do together. Your opinions for lighting, art, furniture, color, textures and decor may differ from each (not something that you worry about!), in this case, look at it from the perspective of the living space and meet each other in the middle. There are plenty of design ideas you can explore for each room in your home making it comfortable in way that suites both you as well as your spouse. Consulting an interior designer will give you an professional’s view on what can best suit the space.
Deciding on household tasks
The list of everyday chores are never ending , to add to it there is always a huge expectation when it comes to moving in together. Deciding in advance on how roles are divided among each other will help in being aware of each others expectations. Participate in running chores together whenever you get an opportunity to.