How to Combine Two Households Harmoniously after Marriage


So, you and your newlywed are moving into together—the wedding went off without a hitch and the honeymoon romantic. Now what? From agreeing on home decor to divvying up household chores, merging two lives can be a challenge. Most agree money can add to the difficulty too. Even so, experts agree on some basic principles on how to combine two households harmoniously.

Create your happily ever after by following our tips on how to combine two households after marriage.


Evaluate Belongings Before the Move

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Whether you are moving into an apartment or a house, when combining households you’ll quickly discover if you’re good at sharing. More seriously though, the first thing to consider is merging existing furnishings since they’ll take up the most space.

Each of you should go through your things individually before combining households. Donate anything that won’t be needed after getting married. It’s also helpful to make a short list of sentimental, must-have items that you’re not ready to part with yet.

Once that’s done, discuss your inventories and, above all, be respectful of your partner’s wishes. Once you’re moving into together, identify duplicates first and then any essential pieces you may be missing. If budget allows, splurge on something new that you both love–it’s guaranteed to become a favorite or maybe even a family heirloom.

If you’re marrying someone older or getting married later in life yourself, that comes with decades of belongings. Too many dishes, furniture, clothes, and memorabilia could lead to a fight or a compromise. The solution could very well be to rent a storage unit.

It will be much easier to hold off on hard and fast decision to edit out of your lives together by putting it in a secure storage unit. Especially, if you make an agreement to revisit your stored items in 3 to 6 months.

You’d be surprised how easy it is to let go of something you thought you’d never part with when you discover you can indeed live without it.


Let Space Dictate Compromise

There will probably to be more than a few duplicate items between the two of you that you both want to keep. Especially if you’ve been living on your own for a while. Instead of arguing over whose couch is the comfiest, let your new home decide which pieces will stay.

Think realistically about your new home’s spaces. A giant, L-shaped couch may not be fit in the new family room, and contemporary furniture would be out of place in a Victorian home.

When in doubt, remember that donating or selling items and starting fresh is always an option.

Remember, compromise is to a successful merger, and two heads are better than one. So between one person’s spatial awareness and the other’s organizational skills, figure out if you need to hire a moving company, rent a storage unit, move to a bigger abode, or all of the above.


Tips for Combining a Multi-Pet Household


Most couples have to worry about their inlaws, siblings, or friends getting along with one another. But for couples moving with pets, there is the genuine possibility these family members won’t play nice!

There are plenty of tales of newlywed’s cats and dogs fighting, well, like cats and dogs.

Dr. Ilana Reisner, a board-certified veterinary behaviorist, admits that introducing a new cat or dog into an existing cat or dog household or merging unfamiliar pets into a completely new house can be fraught with adversity. At the Western Veterinary Conference, she shared some tips on how to make the transition easier. Advice? Planning and patience pave the way to pet harmony.



Introduce new pets gradually and supervise the first several weeks

  • Make sure your pet is comfortable
  • Use rewards to ensure a positive meet and greet for dog
  • Be sure you feel relaxed, happy, and optimistic
  • When introducing dogs limit their movements by keeping them leashed
  • Don’t punish pets for bad behavior but do use rewards for good behavior


Blending Your Lifestyles After Marriage

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Besides, pets and furniture, it is essential for your lifestyles to be merged. Maybe you wake up at dawn to go to SoulCyle, but your spouse is a night owl. No matter your preferences, pretty much everything will come down to finances.

For couples whose income is not uniform, reaching a compromise on the types of vacations you’ll take, how and when you socialize, or who pays for what, are things to iron out.

Planning together is very important to make sure you don’t end up living different lifestyles or ways of life in the same house. This will inevitably lead to resentment which could lead to serious problems.



Find a Style You Both Like

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It goes without saying that your new home should be a reflection of both your styles. For some, that means embracing eclectic decor that allows each person’s personality to shine through. For others, it means deciding on something new that pleases each of your aesthetics.

Take some time to browse through home design sites together and see if you can find an aesthetic that you both agree upon. Maybe sustainable design suits you both or you’ll embark on a green remodel. Just make sure that each person has a designated space where they’re in charge of choosing the decor.


Don’t Forget to Update Your Finances After Marriage

Before deciding what to toss and keep when it comes to financial and legal records, the IRS makes these recommendations: How long should I keep records?

When it comes to organizing your business files and records and consider scanning and shredding these documents (in accordance with IRS rules and guidelines).  Imagine the space it will free up! Jen Zweiaker of Zweiaker and Associates recommends keeping backups on a separate drive and in the cloud. Also sound advice: “Always destroy anything containing your personal information before placing it in the trash'” Zweiaker says.


After marriage, add these things to your to-do-list to ensure you have not forgotten the following:

  • Beneficiaries – Change the beneficiaries on insurance policies and retirement accounts if you’ve decided your spouse will be the one to inherit your items.


  • Taxes – Will you be filing jointly or separately? See your tax advisor since some changes will occur in your tax liabilities.


  • Estates – Estate planning papers and other documents should always be updated frequently but especially after marriage and combining households.


  • Name Change – If there is a plan to have your name changed, it is important to ensure this is done on all the documents, bank accounts, and even investment accounts.


Create More Space and Less Stress with a Temporary Storage Solution

Besides saying, “I do” you’ll need to answer, “What will happen to all my stuff when we move in together?” But the most honest question to ensure marital bliss from the outset is answering, “How will we combine our belongings after marriage?”

Thankfully, married couples have done this successfully for millennia so you won’t be the first couple to figure this out.  Metro Self Storage can show you how using self storage can help make life a little less stressful and a lot more manageable throughout all of life’s transitions. Including combining households after marriage. 

You can find the perfect space for your belongings at a Metro Self Storage facility conveniently located near you. We’ll help you store everything from family heirlooms to vintage motorcycles.


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Super Easy Ways To Declutter After The Holidays


We all know Christmas can be a little chaotic, and with the addition of new toys, gadgets, and other goodies, your home can start to feel cluttered and disorganized. Now is the perfect time to purge the old and make room for the New Year.

Why not donate the things you no longer need or use? You can feel good about wrapping up the festivities and starting the year off right with these super easy ways to declutter after the holidays.  

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Student Storage Deals | Find Clean, Reliable Storage Units Near Your Campus

Finding the best student storage deals is easy if you plan ahead. Procrastinate and finding cheap storage gets harder as summer approaches. Moreover, living in cramped quarters brings home the fact that there are only so many nooks, cubbies, and crannies to cram stuff into in a dorm room.

When faced with sharing a room, the big question is, “What do I do with all this extra stuff?” From a surplus of college books and university gear to clothes and kitchenware, it’s easy to accumulate more stuff than you have room for in your dorm room. Continue reading “Student Storage Deals | Find Clean, Reliable Storage Units Near Your Campus”

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Quick and Easy Wine Storage Tips for Texans (in Less Than Ten Minutes)


Our quick and easy wine storage tips will have you looking like a sommelier in less than 10 minutes. Okay, maybe not quite at that level but close.

Have you ever wondered why wine improves with age? So many things do.

The great English Philosopher and Statesman, Francis Bacon, explains why, “ … age appears to be best in four things—old wood best to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust, and old authors to read.” Many red wines—and some white wines—are meant to be aged before they are opened. 

Why should you consider wine storage? Continue reading “Quick and Easy Wine Storage Tips for Texans (in Less Than Ten Minutes)”

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How Pantry Organization Makes the Holidays Better


Every holiday season is an opportunity to spend quality time with friends and family. However, if you’re in charge of cooking, you can easily miss out on this opportunity by getting stuck in the kitchen the whole time.

One way to avoid this problem is to organize your pantry before the holiday rush. Here’s why: Continue reading “How Pantry Organization Makes the Holidays Better”

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How to Properly Care, Store, Handle, and Retire the American Flag


Flying the American flag is acceptable any day of the year, especially on National Holidays like Veteran’s Day and Labor Day. American flags are collected and cherished by many, becoming heirlooms and keepsakes. However, these aging flags need to be carefully stored because the fabric used to make older flags often become fragile over time.
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The Zombie Apocalypse! How Self Storage Can Save Your Life


Halloween is the time of year when people start thinking about how they might survive the zombie apocalypse. Why? With millions of loyal viewers watching hit TV series like the Walking Dead and iZombie, it’s clear we have just as much of an insatiable appetite for zombies as they do for us.

If you are looking for ways to survive the zombie apocalypse this Halloween, learn more about zombie behavior and survival strategies at the Zombie Research Society. That’s not a joke. And, it has loads of zombie-related facts and trivia to keep your mind off the real thing.

Here are some suggestions for the best way to survive an attack. And remember, if all else fails to take shelter at your local self storage facility; it’s the ideal anti-zombie fortress. Continue reading “The Zombie Apocalypse! How Self Storage Can Save Your Life”

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How to Make Moving Easier with Self Storage


When it comes to knowing how to make moving easier, you need solid advice, great customer service, and helpful friends and family. At Metro, we understand that moving is a stressful event – whether you are combining households, separating households, or moving to a new city that promises fun and excitement.

The difficult process of packing, unpacking, and changing homes inevitably causes some stress. That stress doesn’t have to overwhelm you, though, especially if you use self storage as an interim solution.

Besides providing you with moving supplies like boxes, a self storage facility can help ease the difficulties and complications of moving. Here are four ways renting a storage unit can make your next move much easier. Continue reading “How to Make Moving Easier with Self Storage”

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How Sheepshead Bay Self Storage Makes Apartment Living in Brooklyn Easy


Big city apartments are usually high on costs and short on space, especially in terms of storage space such as closets and cabinets.  The trend towards smaller apartments in New York continues to gain popularity. Prefabricated in Brooklyn, New York, these modular micro-apartments range anywhere from 260 to 360 square feet. It’s no wonder many Brooklynites turn to Sheepshead Bay self storage to make their lives more manageable.

While the idea of living in a minute amount of space may come as a shock to most, for many New Yorkers, a self storage unit often serves as their second home because it provides the extra space people need to make living the apartment life in Brooklyn more enjoyable.

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Tips to Teach your Kids Bedroom Organization


Are you frustrated by how quickly your child’s bedroom becomes cluttered and disorganized? Does it turn chaotic as soon as you’re done tidying up? You’re not alone. For many parents, a messy kid’s bedroom is a source of conflict and annoyance, both for them and their child. The child doesn’t like being nagged, while the parents despair about their child’s disorganization and uncleanliness.

However, keeping a child’s bedroom tidy doesn’t have to be a never-ending fight. With the right strategies, you can teach your kids bedroom organization skills they can use throughout their lives. The following guidelines can help them learn to tackle the mess to keep their bedroom clean and organized.
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How to Choose the Best Self Storage Company


In some ways, looking for a great self storage unit with a reliable company is like looking for a great apartment with a reliable building manager. The unit will ideally have everything you want at the right price, and you’ll be able to trust the self storage company to take care of any problems that arise, from security to pest control.

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The Most Popular Moving Services People Choose When Relocating


Let’s face it: We all know that moving is hard work. The most popular moving services people choose when relocating run the gamut. While hiring a full-service moving company will alleviate much of the stress associated with a relocation, it can quickly become cost prohibitive.

On the flipside, orchestrating a DIY move can take more time and resources than busy families and professionals have to spare. The solution? Choosing to hire out the most popular moving services gives you a combination of a less stressful and more economical experience.

Before you spend your hard-earned cash on additional services to help out during your next move, here are some helpful tips on where to spend your money to get the biggest bang for your buck. Continue reading “The Most Popular Moving Services People Choose When Relocating”

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Moving During Winter + Printable Safety Checklist


Google moving during winter, and it’s no surprise that Chicago, famous for its frosty winters and icy winds, pops up on the first page. Here at Metro Self Storage, we know a thing or two about winter moving.

Our first storage facility opened its doors in Chicago more than forty years ago. We’ve lived through, and sometimes even loved, every winter since, which probably qualifies us as experts on moving during winter more than just about anyone else.

We’ve created a helpful checklist for you to download and print at the end of this blog. Continue reading “Moving During Winter + Printable Safety Checklist”

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Thankful Thanksgiving Storage Tips + Free Printable


While Halloween kicks off the winter holiday season, Thanksgiving offers an opportunity for some serious celebrating. Will it be last-minute planning and chaos? Or, will you keep calm and Thanksgiving on? There is no time like the present to get ready to entertainlearn how to organize holiday helpers and keep leftovers safe with our thankful Thanksgiving storage tips. 

The holiday rush can make it easier to get distracted and miss out on the special moments. It’s why Metro Self Storage is dedicated to helping you live an organized life every day of the year.  Continue reading “Thankful Thanksgiving Storage Tips + Free Printable”

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Bedroom Storage on a Budget

Clothes on the ground. Papers stacked up on the desk. A lone shoe missing its mate. Does that sound like your bedroom storage? If the answer is yes, then it’s time to get organized.
When most people think of affordable bedroom storage, they think of big ugly boxes, plastic totes, or DIY furniture from big-box stores. Metro Self Storage is here to change your mind and offer an alternative. Here are a few ideas to help you organize your bedroom and do it in style.

Five Cheap and Easy Ways to Organize Your Bedroom

Buy Bed Risers

Call it a trick from our college days. If you’re living, or have ever lived in a dorm, then you know that when space is tight, you’ve gotta get creative. Bed risers are the perfect budget solution to give you more space and help you get organized. Sold in sets of four, some lifts can raise your bed up to six inches. While that might not sound like much, you’d be surprised at the amount of storage space you actually get with six extra inches. You can purchase bed risers for under $10 from many retailers and big-box stores, including Target, The Container Store, and Bed Bath & Beyond. Continue reading “Bedroom Storage on a Budget”

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5 Tips for Moving with Your Cat

Cats generally don’t like change. They’re sensitive animals, so a major life event like moving can come as a shock. That’s why moving with a cat requires special care and thoughtfulness. If you approach the move like any other normal event, you could end up with an overly anxious cat and a particularly stressful move.

Preparing for and adapting to your cat’s anxiety during a move can prevent a lot of difficulty. Easing your cat into the move takes more effort and planning, but in the end, you’ll have a happier and more well-adjusted cat. Here are 5 tips to make your next move go as smoothly as possible for you and your cat. Continue reading “5 Tips for Moving with Your Cat”

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