Setting Up Your Home

Setting up your new home is a fun but difficult task for the newlyweds and even though shopping and decorating are exciting, economising with space and money can be a little daunting for many couples. Your home is your sanctuary, so you will want to make it as cosy and as beautiful as possible.


Buy the Essentials First

Setting up your new house often takes a lot of time. You will probably spend months searching for the perfect furniture, arranging things and decorating the space. However, start by purchasing the bare essentials for the house first especially if you want to save some money. Once you buy all the basic elements that you really need, you can calculate how much money you can spend on other things.

The first thing you will need to buy for your new home is a comfortable bed. This is the most important piece of furniture you will have to purchase, so take your time when making a decision. Measure your bedroom carefully to find the dimensions, browse through catalogues of different manufacturers, compare prices and choose a design that you both like. You will also need to buy pillows, duvets and beddings for the bedroom, a cosy sofa for the living room, dining table and chairs and the necessary equipment for the kitchen and bathroom including refrigerator and washing machine.

Making Compromises

Setting up your new home sometimes requires making a lot of compromises. Perhaps you and your partner will have different opinions on what furniture or technical gadgets to buy, so it is good idea to talk to each other about every detail and discuss different options to make sure that both of you will be satisfied.

This can be agreat way to get to know each other, but also to learn how to communicate to each other better and make decisions together. It doesn’t necessarily have to boil down to a business negotiation and you can turn these discussions into a creative debate in which making compromises will make you more inventive.

The Budget

Furnishing your new home can be very expensive and it is important to set the budget and make a good plan before you start shopping. There are plenty of ways to save money. Instead of starting from scratch and buying everything for the house, you can begin with what you already have. You can use some of your old furniture and give it a DIY touch to make it look new and exciting.

Another option is to purchase some items in a second hand shop or at a garage sale, and if you are buying furniture at big stores, remember to do a thorough market research beforehand to find best offers and discounted prices. You can also use wedding and shower tea gifts and perhaps even make a themed party such as kitchen or bathroom tea, so that your guests can delight you with things that you really need in your new home.

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