One of the great things about my job is working with people as they start new chapters of their lives together. Getting married, moving in together, starting a family. And it’s so wonderful when I get to see the spaces people create for themselves, too. It’s awesome how someone’s living space shows their style and personality as a couple, but creating that space comes with it’s own set of challenges. I love being able to pass on things past brides and couples have learned, so today I consulted with some folks to create some tips for moving in together and making your space your own.
1. Picking Your Neighborhood
If you’re looking to move into your first home as you say I do, you’re probably mulling over what neighborhood in your community is the best place for you. There is so much to consider when picking out where you want to live: the distance to where you both work, the school district (if you plan to start a family), privacy, safety, and access to amenities like restaurants and entertainment. If you love the outdoors, you’ll want a location close to a park or trails. Or maybe it’s important to you that you can quickly run to the grocery store, fill up your gas tank, or get to a pharmacy. It’s all about finding a home that has a balance of recreational hot spots and necessities, and even the right neighborhood vibe. I love it when a couple really embraces their neighborhood, like Emma and Richard did with their Decatur home.
2. Deciding Whether to Rent or Buy
Once you have an idea of where you’d like your new home to be located, you’ll have to decide whether renting or buying is best for you, taking into account your budget and long-term goals. If you are looking to move in together for the first time around your wedding day, you’ll want to consider your budget closely to see if renting is the best option. If you do want to buy a home, it might be in your best interest to wait until after your wedding, as all the expenses of a wedding can make it difficult to take on a property of your own too. Don’t be afraid to rent for a short time before you find the right place to settle down, either. Buying a home is a large investment, so you’ll want to have full confidence in your decision, even if it takes a little time and patience to get there.
3. Furnishing your Home
After you’ve found the perfect place, it’s time for the most exciting part— the decorating! Adding personal touches, combining your interior design tastes, and finding the right furnishings, can truly make any place feel homey. One of the most difficult parts of that though, is figuring out what you both have, and what to keep and what to get rid of. It’s a good idea to do an inventory and make lists of any duplicate items, or make note of items that you need for the new space. When buying new items, start with the biggest pieces in the room. For instance, in the dining room, the table will set the tone for the room, so you’ll want to pick out your dining table first and match the rest of the accessories to the main focal piece in the room. If you approach decorating as a process, and you take your time picking out items that work with your theme, you will find that your place will come together in no time.
4. Use your Registry
If you are thinking of upgrading your space along the same timeline that you are planning your wedding, your registry is a great tool to make the most of your new space. Use your registry to point guests in the direction of your style and theme. Your registry doesn’t need to be just for china and glasses, it can also help you to create the space of your dreams. If you aren’t sure how to go about starting a registry and what to ask for, check out these helpful tips.