If you and your new spouse are combining your families under one roof, this can be an exciting but stressful time for everyone. You might be baffled by how much stuff your families have and wonder how this will all fit into your newly blended home. The good news is you can take advantage of storage unit options to help. Here are four ideas when it comes to storage uses for newly blended families.
1. Doubled up while Downsizing
If you and your new spouse both have household items that might be duplicates, there is no reason to bring everything into your new home. Try your best to pick the right furnishings and housewares from both homes for your new house. You can keep items you might be on the fence about in storage for the time being. You can settle in and revise your needs over a few months and eventually sell or donate things you don't need.
2. Start Fresh With a Clean Slate
If your are combining a household, this can be a great fresh start for everyone. If one family is moving into to the other's existing home, getting this cleared out of personalized clutter can make your new family feel more welcome. If kids will be bunking up, consider clearing out bedrooms and setting this up with new furnishings as a surprise. Keep old items in storage just in case kids want to incorporate these over time. Starting with a clean slate and building a home together can benefit from storage options available while transitioning.
3. Heirlooms for the Future
You and your spouse might both might have family mementos that are important to you and your children. If items might cause emotional rifts in the beginning of your new life together, these can be safe in storage until the dust settles. Deciding on mementos and items to display can be done together once your family unit has gelled.
4. Holiday Items and Sporting Equipment
If two families coming together will both involve kids, there might be a lot more stuff around. That doesn't mean these are things you necessarily want to get rid of. If you don't have a space in your new home for larger pieces of sporting equipment or holiday items, these can be stored. These are items that can double the fun in your new life together but take up space that you might not have.
Bringing together two families should be handled with sensitivity and sometimes this transition might emotionally charged. Using a storage unit to ease pressure during a stressful time can help everyone adjust. One everyone is settled in, items in storage can come back into the fold as needed.
If you are getting ready to move and you've lived in your home for quite a while, you can quickly get overwhelmed with the amount of stuff that you have to move. If you have advance notice of the move, you can start clearing the house out slowly. When I was packing up our home of nearly twenty years, I knew that I was in for a lot of work. I decided to start 6 months before we moved and slowly began clearing the house out and putting what I wanted to keep for the new home in storage. Use what I have included here on my blog to get through this difficult time a little easier.