Perhaps you and your loved one have decided to start a family, or just want to move to a better location?
Whatever the reason, moving day can be a mine-filled operation. Potential arguments lay hidden behind every door and within every packing box. A survey by SpareFoot found that 31% of Americans who have moved in with a significant other, had some of their worst arguments while moving.
So, we know there is a potential for arguments during the moving process, the question is, how do we avoid them?
1. Make a task list for each person
There are many tasks to accomplish before you settle in your new place; from packing and organizing boxes, to clearing rooms and taking out the trash. Use a checklist to discuss and decide who will be responsible for each task.
2. Plan ahead
Moving isn’t just a one-day affair; it will take a few weeks of careful planning. The trick here is not to leave things to the last minute; otherwise, you’re guaranteed to be rushing and stressed which will only lead to arguments. Make sure that you have a clear plan, so nothing is forgotten. There are plenty of planning tools online, check out this planner that starts two months in advance.
3. Be clear about expectations and budget
One of you thinks that you need a beautiful new 75” flatscreen television while the other thinks that your old television is fine, and you shouldn’t be wasting money. Sound like a familiar “discussion?”
Start a list of items that you think need replacing and another list of purchases for your new house. Check those against your moving budget.
Sit down together and look at Pinterest for creative money-saving ideas that you’d both be happy with.
4. Make time to date and dine
Don’t forget that you are a loving couple, and you need to nourish that relationship. Carve out some time to spend together having fun. Cook a last meal in your old kitchen together, take pictures of the big clear out, and celebrate when everything is boxed up and ready.
5. If it’s not yours, then don’t assume
When sorting through your belongings and packing up, be respectful of each other’s personal items. Avoid thinking “I’ve never seen them use this. They obviously don’t need it, so I’ll just throw it away.” You never know, it may be a treasured family heirloom or memento.
6. Speak freely
We all get frustrated, but what makes it worse? Bottling it up and exploding later on. It is much better to calmly voice your frustrations gently than becoming hot-headed and allowing your temper to flare.
Nodding in agreement?
Think that these ideas sound great and you’re nodding in agreement? Great, the first step is to show this article to your partner and get some decisions and agreements sorted. You’re already part way to a stress-free and happy move with your loved one!
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