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Blending Households and Making it Work

Wed, Dec 10, 2014 at 10:30AM

Maybe you’re moving back in with your parents, or you’ve remarried and are ready to move in—whatever the case, blending two households can be tough (yet rewarding) experience. If this is in the plan for your New Year, follow these simple reminders to making the process as smooth as possible.

Maintain routine… within reason.

This tip is especially important if you’re bringing young kids into the mix. The people and places in their surroundings are changing, so try to maintain a sense of normalcy in the areas that you can control. Acknowledge that this is going to be a new, different experience, but also save space for traditions, morning routines and other aspects of their old life. This will help prevent a rocky transition.

Be willing to compromise.

Both households won’t always be able to keep everything they want—from routines to furniture to shower times. Go in with an open mind and a willingness to compromise.

Downsize.

We’re not saying to get rid of everything from one home, but don’t take along unnecessary or poorly-fitting furniture and appliances. Go ahead and make room for the new! Your new situation is a joint one, so find a way to keep the things that benefit both groups without taking up too much space.

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