Mr. or Mrs.:Mine, Yours or Ours

It's time to move in together! This is one of the most exciting times in a relationship. But having been married for almost five years, I know how difficult it can be to compromise in combining your possessions. Ladies, we leave behind our chic, feminine, and organized homes in order to start sharing life with men whose homes were maybe a little...well...not chic, feminine or organized. So, how do combine yours and his to make it an "our" home? Here are three tips to make this transition follow as smoothly as possible. Trust me. They are tried and true.

1. Declutter: If you haven't worn it, used it or thought about it, LET IT GO. Rather than bring every single thing you already own, consider all options. Give unnecessary items away by donating them or giving them to someone you directly know could benefit. Also, consider making some extra cash to decorate your new place by having a yard sale, posting on sites such as Buy sell and trade, eBay and social media. Things you no longer need or use could be a blessing to someone else. 

2. Change your perspective: You're not living alone anymore so your home will no longer be just a reflection of you. Embrace the journey. As women, we naturally are able to take the lead, get things organized and turn a house into a home. In doing so, remember to take a moment and ask your significant other what's important to him in setting up your home together.  He wants more drawer space? You take more closet space. You want to pick out more of the home decor? Let him choose how to set up the TVs, gaming systems etc. To simply sum it up, COMPROMISE.

3. Remember your "why": Remember why you're moving in together! You're officially joining your life with someone else's. It's a new level in the relationship. Things just got real. Nothing will ever be more important than your new lives together. Don't break the bank decorating your new home. You can find amazing deals at Target, T.J. Maxx, Home Goods, Marshall's and my fav Hobby Lobby.

No Mine. No Yours. Just Ours. 

Happy Moving!