Moving in with a significant other can be simultaneously thrilling and daunting. Once the joy of getting to spend every waking (and sleeping) moment with your loved one wears off, you feel the reality that you’re going to have to find a harmonious way to combine your belongings and design styles. “Even if your tastes and choices are dramatically different, don’t panic, I’ve got you covered,” HGTV design pro and maker J. Pickens told POPSUGAR. “Trust me — even the greats don’t see eye to eye on all, but compromise and communication are key. Follow my tips for the task of moving in together and you’ll be in it for the long haul.”
Check out J.’s must-read tips to managing moving in together below, then get to packing!
1. GROW UP YOUR DESIGN
“Use this as an opportunity to ‘mature your surroundings.’ It’s a great time to box up the remnants of your single life, man-cave leftovers, and girlie accessories.”
2. START WITH A CLEAN SLATE
“Move into a new space or start fresh in a current space — it is important to start with a clean slate. You are building this new phase of your relationship together and it is a great opportunity to create and collect as a couple.”
3. SHARE YOUR DESIGN INSPIRATIONS
“Get inspired — pop that Champagne and pull up your favorite inspiration images.” We recommend creating a private Pinterest board together where you can each share products and images you love.