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What to Put in Storage When Moving in Together

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So, you and your partner have decided to move in together and share a home? Congratulations on this exciting time of taking your relationship to the next level!

In addition to mentally preparing yourselves to share a space for the first time, there are also many logistics to consider in terms of your personal belongings. The process of moving in together can be challenging because you are taking two unique households and joining them together as one. Although we aren’t here to offer romantic advice, we can give you plenty of storage-related tips for moving in together with your partner!

Eliminate Duplicate Items

If you and your partner have both lived on your own for a while, chances are that you have numerous duplicate items between the two of you. From furniture to lighting fixtures, wall art, decorations, and kitchen and bath essentials, you probably don’t need everything that you have collectively accumulated over the years anymore.

It can be emotionally difficult to let go of things that have been with you for a long time if they have nostalgic value. But there is also something to be said for starting off fresh with your beloved companion without a lot of clutter and junk to get in the way of your new life together. Yet it's a smart idea to think about your long-term goals as a couple and whether you might want to buy a larger house in the near future. At that point, you might be able to repurpose some of those duplicate items without having to spend a lot of money.

Decide What to Donate, Sell, and Throw Out

Once you and your partner have settled on which items to put in your new home together, it’s time to sort through the rest to figure out what to do with it all. Designate piles of personal belongings to donate, sell, and throw into the trash.

To take an eco-friendly approach to moving in together, try to make the best use of as many items as possible so that they don’t end up in the landfill. Nonprofit organizations and thrift stores will often accept gently used donations of household and clothing items. Also, you may be able to make some extra money by selling high-ticket items, such as furniture and electronics, before moving in with a partner.

Use Self-Storage as a Staging Area

One of the first things to do when moving into a new home with your partner is to get organized for moving day and take an inventory of everything. If you don't yet have access to your new home or are a bit cramped for space right now, it may help to rent a short-term, temporary storage unit.

Stop & Stor offers flexible, month-to-month renting to help you figure out where to put everything without a long-term storage commitment. Focus on your commitment to each other instead, and use our storage size guide so you don’t overpay for storage space that you don’t really need right now.

Organize Seasonal and Occasional Items

Another topic to discuss before living together is the seasonal items that you both own and only need access to during specific times of the year. Common seasonal belongings that take up a lot of space include holiday decorations, sporting equipment, and off-season clothes and coats. You may also have valuable family heirlooms that you could never part with but struggle to find the square footage for. A storage unit or locker can also come in handy to stash away these types of belongings so that you aren’t tripping over them in your new home together as you’re getting settled and adjusted to each other’s habits and routines.

Decide What Stays in Long-Term Storage

With over 40 years of being in the storage industry as a family-owned and operated business, we have seen husbands and wives, boyfriends and girlfriends, and domestic partners disagree about what things to keep, what to get rid of, and where to put it all. Aren't there enough things to figure out in relationships? Don't allow storage hassles to become a cause of unnecessary conflict!

If you rent a short-term or seasonal storage unit to make the moving-in process with your partner easier, you’ll actually be ahead of the game. You actually might find that it is more convenient and even agreeable to leave certain items in storage for the long-term. At Stop & Stor, we serve couples in the Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, Staten Island, and even Manhattan with countless affordable self-storage solutions. And unlike every other storage company, we are the only company to guarantee the rate we quote you for a Full Year! There’s even the option to pay in advance to get a month or half month free. We even offer discounts for students, seniors and veterans to help make our competitive prices even easier on your budget.

Enter your address or zip code on our website today to find a nearby storage solution to fit your needs, or contact us at 718-698-8000 with questions. We look forward to helping you and your partner with the process of moving in together and living a happy life surrounded by only the things you really need and want!

Established in 1980, Stop & Stor is a family owned and operated business that has become New York’s Self Storage Leader by offering cutting-edge facilities in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island.


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