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

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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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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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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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Moving Tips to Reduce Pet Stress

 

Looking for ways to reduce pet stress during your next move? It turns out humans aren’t the only animals to thrive on healthy routines. Fido and Fifi do too.

Anyone who has moved knows that it requires planning, preparation, and a tremendous amount of hard work. Moreover, it disrupts our familiar daily routines, which is precisely what behavioral health scientists believe creates stress in both humans and pets in the first place.
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Tips for Moving with a New Baby That Will Save Your Sanity

 

There is no denying, moving is stressful. Especially when a new baby is involved. You can go ahead and multiply that stress exponentially if you are moving with a new baby and your pet. Naturally, keeping everyone safe and sane is the primary goal.

New parents often ask, “How do I even go about moving with a newborn baby?” And,  the majority of the pregnancy advice you get will probably be to move before the baby arrives. However, here at Metro Self Storage, we understand that life happens.

Moving with a newborn baby is possible. Whether you are actively looking for a new home to buy or decided to move out of your rental because of a leaky roof. Especially, if you can plan ahead and extend the time it takes to unpack everything in your new home.

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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 Checklist to Organize Your Move

 

One way to make moving less daunting is to put everything you need to do on a checklist. Then, instead of stressing about forgetting something, you can simply look at the checklist to remember what to do next.

For most situations, you should begin working through your checklist about two months before moving. However, if you’re moving internationally, you’ll probably need to plan more details in advance, especially if you need a visa. Depending on which country you’re moving to, the visa process could take anywhere from a couple weeks to longer than a year. Take this extra time into account as you put together your checklist and plan your move.

Below is a list of points you should consider putting on your moving checklist. You might not need to include everything, but it’s better to prepare too much than too little for a move.

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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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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. Here 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. Continue reading “How to Make Moving Easier with Self Storage”

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Clever College Dorm Room Essentials | What to Expect & How to Prepare

 

It may seem like only last week that you were on pins and needles waiting for college admissions letters to arrive. Today, you are closer than ever to realizing your college dreams as universities around the country are preparing for freshmen orientation week.

Moving into your dorm room can either be a dream come true or a stress fest. From what to expect and how to prepare, this month we help you figure out how to plan for the next big step of your college experience. Continue reading “Clever College Dorm Room Essentials | What to Expect & How to Prepare”

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Why Moving from an Apartment into a House Is Awesome (and Horrible)

 

If you’re an urbanite, you’re probably used to living in apartments. Perhaps you’ve dreamed of one day moving into a house to escape all the downsides of apartment life.

So, let’s say you’ve found the perfect house and are planning to make that move now. To ensure a smooth transition, it’s important to consider both the negatives and positives of living in a house. Then, you’ll be prepared for any hassles that come up.

Here are 3 major changes to expect as you move from an apartment into a house. These changes can be horrible or awesome, depending on your perspective. Continue reading “Why Moving from an Apartment into a House Is Awesome (and Horrible)”

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Top 5 Storage Facility Security Features to Look For

When you use a self-storage facility, you expect that your items will be safe from theft. After all, isn’t safety one of the top reasons for using self storage?

Unfortunately, though, not all self storage facilities are equally safe. Some provide excellent customer service, yet have gaps in their security. Once you’re gone, your items become vulnerable. That’s why it’s important to carefully evaluate the security features of any self-storage facility you’re considering. While friendliness and cleanliness are important, they ultimately won’t protect your property.

But what exactly should you look for? To judge a self-storage facility’s security, you should look at the following 5 features.

 

1. Lighting

The best time to visit a self storage facility is after sunset. Then, you can easily see how much lighting the facility has. There should be plenty of light. A self storage facility shouldn’t be trying to save electricity. Security should be its #1 priority, not reduced light bills.

Sufficient lighting is an easy way to discourage crime, but it’s also important for other security features. For example, video surveillance is only effective if the area is well lit. Before asking about high-tech security, then, first check out the quality of the lighting.

 

2. Video Surveillance

If there’s enough light, start looking for and asking about video surveillance. Are there enough cameras? Are they always on? For how long do they record video?

Recorded 24-hr video surveillance is absolutely necessary. Don’t be satisfied with just ‘video surveillance’. Be curious about it, since you want any potential crimes to be on video. Otherwise, if your stored property does get stolen or vandalized, you won’t be able to identify the criminal or get your property back.

 

3. A Good Fence

Robert Frost once wrote, “Good fences make good neighbors.” The same could be said of self storage facilities. An excellent fence is an essential security feature every self storage facility should have. The fence should surround the entire perimeter, not just the entrance, and be sturdy and difficult to climb. A chain-link fence won’t be enough to keep criminals away from your valuables.

 

4. Secure Access to Storage

Let’s say you want to get something out of your self storage unit. How does the self storage facility allow you to access your unit? Is it easy—perhaps too easy?

Accessing your unit should be convenient yet secure. Simple locks are convenient, but not secure enough. Coded keypads are much safer. The main gate to the self storage facility should definitely have a coded keypad, ideally monitored by video surveillance. Then, entering the premises will be difficult for outsiders, yet easy for you.

 

5. Disc Locks

Getting an excellent lock is an essential part of making sure your storage unit is secure. The self storage facility might have the best security possible, but that shouldn’t stop you from choosing the best lock—a disc lock.

While padlocks are cheaper, they’re not the most secure option. Even an inexperienced thief can pick a padlock or cut it off. Disc locks, on the other hand, were designed especially for storage units. They’re resistant to picks, bolt cutters, and heavy hammers. A thief would have to grind it off, a loud, time-consuming process.

Disc locks are more expensive than padlocks, but that extra investment is worthwhile if you’re storing valuables. They definitely discourage theft, and they’re not hard to find. You should be able to buy one at the self storage facility.

If a storage facility offers these five security features, you can rest assured that your storage unit will be safe. However, keep in mind that security features can’t protect your property from natural disasters, like earthquakes and flooding. For complete peace of mind, take advantage of tenant insurance, which covers accidents and unexpected events.

For more information about security features, contact Metro Self Storage and check out what we offer our clients!

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Here are the Top 10 Moving Tips from Metro Self Storage

 

We asked some of our most experienced storage managers located throughout several states to bring you the top 10 moving tips from Metro Self Storage. With more than 45 years as a leading self storage provider, you can count on Metro for the latest systems and technologies to make your storage experience a great one.

Founded in 1973 by Karl F. Nagel, Metro Self Storage has grown to over 120 storage facilities in 11 states and continues to help people just like you find the perfect storage solution when moving or experiencing another type of life transition. Continue reading “Here are the Top 10 Moving Tips from Metro Self Storage”

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Moving to Minneapolis Suburbs? Bloomington Ranks as Best City to Live

Minneapolis continues to rank as one of the best cities to live in the US, and its suburbs regularly rank in top publications like Money Magazine and Forbes as the best places to move to for anyone looking for a high quality of life and above-average income. If you are moving to Minneapolis suburbs, Bloomington ranks as the best city to live in due to its alluring combination of small-town charm and big-city amenities.

Bloomington is a culturally diverse community with neighborly residents who graciously host over 42 million visitors who travel from near and far to see the Mall of America. Many of the reasons so many tourists travel to Bloomington are the same reasons why people love to call Bloomington home.

Ideally situated on the north bank of the Minnesota River and only 10 miles from Downtown Minneapolis, retirees, professionals, and families with kids of all ages are moving to Bloomington, MN. Continue reading “Moving to Minneapolis Suburbs? Bloomington Ranks as Best City to Live”

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3 Reasons Why People Love Moving to Corpus Christi, TX

Moving away can be sad and stressful. When you move somewhere awesome, though, the change is much easier. Instead of being a source of anxiety, a move can be the most exciting event of the year.
Corpus Christi is a place you can be excited to move to. It combines Texan charm with a beautiful coastline, offering plenty of things to do and see. Here are three reasons why moving to Corpus Christi would be a great place to go.
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Why People Love Moving to El Paso, Texas

 

 

Are you thinking about moving to El Paso, Texas?

The sixth-largest city in Texas and locally known as “Sun City” due to 297 days of sunshine, El Paso has a lot to offer current and new residents alike. From leading universities and the world’s largest military base to a thriving economy and restaurants dishing up delicious Texas barbecue and Mexican food, who wouldn’t love moving to El Paso?
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8 Reasons to Love Moving to Midland Texas

 

Are you looking for small-city charm with big-city choices? Then moving to Midland Texas might be the right choice for you. Midland offers a diverse mix of entertainment, employment, and lifestyle opportunities. seems that everyone, from young professionals and growing

It seems that everyone, from Millenials to Baby Boomers and everyone in between (think Generation Xers), are migrating to Texas. Continue reading “8 Reasons to Love Moving to Midland Texas”

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Why Retirees Love Moving to Sarasota, Florida

 

Are thinking about moving to Sarasota, Florida?

What do the beach, ballet, and baseball all have in common? We’ll give you a hint … with sunsets that last forever and sugar sand beaches it’s in the Garden State. This popular destination is Sarasota of course; it attracts tourists and retirees alike. Whether you are a snowbird researching the best places to retire or want to relocate your family to an excellent school district on the west coast of Florida, the vibrant town of Sarasota has something for everyone.

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A Short History and Glimpse Inside Family Owned and Operated Metro Self Storage

 

Metro Self Storage got its start when Karl Nagel pioneered self storage in Illinois back in 1973. Fast forward 42 years later and Karl’s two sons are continuing the family tradition to develop convenient, reliable, and secure storage facilities throughout the country. The family and its employees have worked diligently to build the company, which is now one of the top 10 largest owners/operators of storage facilities in the United States.

With over 100 stores covering 12 states, Metro Self Storage plans to continue growing. “In addition to the acquisition of established storage stores and ground up development of new facilities, the conversion of buildings into self storage facilities is a key part of Metro’s growth strategy.” said Metro Storage LLC Chairman Matt Nagel.

Every facility has qualified friendly storage experts who receive training and education to make the Metro team of employees amongst the most knowledgeable and friendly in the industry. Each storage facility has its own set of unique features and amenities, here is an example of what you will find:

Convenient household storage solutions with great amenities

Whether you plan to move, downsize, or tackle that long-awaited decluttering project, Metro Self Storage is here to help. Our self storage options can help get you back on the path of to a more organized life. With We strive to make your self storage experience fast, friendly, and affordable. Think of our knowledgeable storage team as your personal household storage consultants.

  • Access 365 days
  • Extended access hours
  • Moving truck rental services
  • Online payment options
  • Covered loading and unloading

 

Our online storage deals make your storage solution more affordable

For many, our first storage rental experience happens during college—when it is easy to share the cost of a storage unit. Every summer, students pack up their households and team up to rent public storage.

If you need to store an entire household of goods or your athletic gear near your home or office, our storage facilities are flexible, secure, and accessible places you can trust.

To find the best storage deals near you, head over to our handy locations search feature to see if that facility is running an Internet promotion. From free 7-day storage holds to offer Hurricane Harvey 2-months of free storage, we do our best to do our best in the communities we serve.

 

We take security seriously and all Metro locations feature 24-hour video surveillance

Metro Self Storage offers upper tier self storage facilities that are newly constructed or recently renovated. We regularly add brand new state-of-the-art facilities to our self-storage portfolio.

Our industry-leading security gives customers confidence. Our standard security features include 24-hour recorded video surveillance, ample lighting, fenced perimeters, coded keypad gate access, and property managers who live on-site and patrol facilities regularly.

 

Flexible storage solutions and professionally trained Property Managers make storage easier

Our professionally trained storage pros are amongst the best in the business. They will help you choose the right-sized storage unit for your belongings so you don’t pay more than you have to.

Many of Metro locations offer boat and RV parking near the nation’s most popular outdoor destinations. And, all of our brand new and modernized facilities offer climate-controlled storage units in a wide range of sizes.

 

Our business storage units come in a wide range of sizes and some facilities feature warehouse space

If your business needs room to grow, we can help. Relocating disrupts work flows and for many types of businesses, expensive commercial leases are not appealing.

Metro Self Storage offers business storage solutions and services like package acceptance and free Internet that are all designed to meet your company’s needs.

 

We understand that transition of any kind can be stressful

When you need household storage, you want to choose a storage facility like Metro Self Storage. Why? Metro prides itself on offering industry-leading security features, a professionally trained storage team, and well-maintained facilities that routinely hire professional pest control services.

Our mini storage locations are designed to offer easy access to your items whenever you need, and our stellar service is backed by our Customer Satisfaction Pledge.

Don’t worry about where to put your belongings, Here at Metro Self Storage our friendly storage team will help you find a solution for your personal and business storage needs.


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