Moving in together with your significant other is a huge and exciting milestone. If you’ve been following this series, however, you know that the actual moving in part can be a bit of a hassle if you and your partner don’t do a little planning beforehand. You both have stuff, and before you can live happily ever after, the two of you need to work together to make your stuff work together for (both of) you.
So far, we’ve gone room to room, offering moving in and packing tips for combining your kitchen, living room, master bathroom, and master bedroom. To wrap up the “Moving in Together” series, we’ve put together some helpful ideas on how to combine some of your odds and ends—items like linens, electronics, and movies. Your new place won’t feel quite like home until you’ve found a home for these last few items:
Towels, Linens, and Blankets
Chances are, you and your partner have way more towels, linens, and blankets between the two of you than you’re ever going to need. Well, moving in is a great time to scale back your collection.
- Once you’ve selected which towels, linens, and blankets you want to keep, set the others aside to use as packing material (Actually, that’s #2 on our packing hacks blog post). Fold towels, sheets, and blankets into layers to form cushioned barriers to secure and protect breakable objects, as well as to prevent furniture, glass, and other items from being scratched. Use pillowcases or washcloths to wrap smaller items like drinking glasses, plates, or picture frames.
- After your move is complete, consider donating your extra towels, linens, and blankets to your local homeless organization. Animal shelters are usually short on supplies, and would gladly accept your extra items, as well.
- You might also want to hang on to a few towels or blankets to use as cleanup rags in your garage or basement.
Technology can become obsolete pretty quickly, so if you and your partner have any spare electronics that you don’t need when moving in together, you’d be better off finding a new home for them while they still have some value instead of letting them collect dust (and depreciation) in your closet, basement, or garage.
- Consider selling your items on sites like eBay or Craigslist, and using the proceeds to purchase other items that you need for your new home.
- Some electronics retailers offer trade-in programs which can earn you significant credit toward any newer models you might be interested in.
- There are likely several nonprofit and other community organizations that can help you recycle your old electronics.
- Many charities, schools, and community centers will happily accept donations of working computers, printers, and other devices—and will often provide you with receipts that you can use for tax deductions.
- You don’t need multiple copies of the same DVD. Trade your duplicates in for cash or credit at your local used book, music, or movie store.
- If getting cash or credit for your movies isn’t that important to you, you might consider donating your extra movies to friends or family who have never seen them, or want to add them to their collections.
- Just as you don’t need duplicate copies of the same movies, you don’t need multiple Netflix or Hulu accounts, either. Instead of both of you paying for separate accounts each month, delete your extra accounts and set up additional user profiles on your remaining ones. You will be able to access your profiles on whichever devices you use for streaming, as well as share your favorite movies and shows with each other.
As always, we’re more than glad to provide packing tips for movers like you, and we wish you and your partner nothing but happiness in your new home.
Oh, and thanks again for reading our “Moving in Together” series!
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