How to Prepare Your Home for Life After the Wedding

September 5, 2019

Today's guest post is about life after the wedding. What tips would you add? 

Planning a wedding can be one of the most exciting and stressful things you do. You’re likely investing a great deal of time and money into your big day to ensure it ends up being everything you’ve dreamt about and more. However, you also want to think about life after your wedding day and how to make your transition into married life as stress-free as possible. One way would be to prepare the home that you and your partner are going to stay in beforehand. Here are a few ways that you can prepare your home for life after the wedding.

1.) Agree on Storage

Whether you’re moving into a new home or already have one, you should agree on storage. When moving in together, you’ll be merging your belongings, so you want to be sure that you have enough space to contain everything. Allocate specific storage space to you and your partner and if there isn’t enough, consider building more storage. A few ideas for creating storage include getting a storage bed, storage chess or building extra shelves on the wall.  

You may also want to go through your belongings and be sure you aren’t moving anything into the house that you don’t need. This will help you avoid starting your marital life with unnecessary clutter.

2.) Carry Out Maintenance

Maintenance is another good way to get your home ready for life as newlyweds. You don’t want to start the first few days or months having issues with maintenance. There is a number of items that you should add to your home maintenance list. Some would be to inspect electrical cords for wear or to check that indoor and outdoor vents aren’t blocked.

Also, check the roof to make sure there aren’t leaks or loose shingles and also inspect the shower and bath for caulking or deterioration. The goal should be to carefully look around the house and check for anything that needs fixing or upgrading.

3.) Improve the Outdoors

Think about what you’ll be doing as a family during your quality time. If you enjoy spending time in the garden, then you may want to invest in patio furniture and if you have a pool, get it cleaned. Another idea would be to get an outdoor grill installed for summer BBQs. Seeing as you’ll probably be busy with wedding planning, hire a handyman to help you successfully install the grill.

4.) Add Pictures

Look through your photo gallery and find any images of you and your spouse that you love. Consider getting them framed and arranged on the walls around the house. Some common places to put them are in the hallway, on the wall in the living room, or by the nightstand in your bedroom. This is a way of ensuring you evoke pleasant memories when you’re at home.

5.) Agree on Domestics

It would be helpful if you sit down and discuss household responsibilities with your partner before the big day. By doing so, it may be easier to manage your expectations, and you’ll have an idea regarding how your household is going to be run. To keep household chores from affecting your new marriage, split chores as equally as you can. You want to consider your work schedules as well as strengths and weaknesses so that it’s easier for each person to stick with.

6.) Update the Interior

If your interior needs to be updated, consider doing this before you move in. This is an opportunity to create the home of your dreams to start your new life in. Try and make sure that both you and your partner have an input so that it feels like a home for the both of you. You could work together to choose things like the color palette, furniture, or overall design concept.

7.) Spring Clean

The last tip for preparing your home is to spring clean. You want your home to be as fresh as possible, so make sure it’s cleaned from the inside out. You could decide to do it on your own or find a professional cleaner who can do it instead. Make sure you focus on getting rid of dust, giving the windows an extra sparkle and also creating a pleasant smell through diffusers for air fresheners.

Getting married is the start to an exciting journey, so you want to set off on the right foot. Seeing as your home is somewhere that you’re going to bond and build your relationship, prioritize making it as comfortable as possible.