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How do Organizers Consolidate Households?

by Vickie Dellaquila, Downsizing & Hoarding Expert
March 18, 2016

Question: How do organizers help with combining households when couples move in together?

Answer: Consolidating households can be challenging, however with organization and compromise it can be done. Once the decision has been made about where you live, look at the space you have. For example, does one of you enjoy cooking more than the other? Instead of keeping the cookware that you both have, keep the cookware that will be used by the person who will be doing the cooking. Let go of the rest of cookware instead of storing it to someday use it. Chose the style of furniture and décor you would like to use in your home taking in what each person has. If your boyfriend or spouse has a terrible recliner that you loathe, maybe you can live with it if he keeps in a different room or lets you have full access to decorate the living room the way you want to. It is all about compromise and letting go of the stuff that will not work for you anymore in your lives and space.

Vickie Dellaquila is western Pennsylvania’s only Certified Professional Organizer in Chronic Disorganization and owner of Organization Rules® Inc. Organization Rules provides compassionate organizing services for every stage of your life®. She is the author of Don’t Toss My Memories in the Trash: A Step-by-Step Guide to Helping Seniors Downsize, Organize, and Move.

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