1. Choose housing wisely.
Storage space, room to entertain and most of all privacy are three things we didn’t have in our first home. We opted to stay in the one-bedroom apartment that I acquired before we met. The only reason we did so was the price – it was very affordable. However, the apartment was a furnished walk out basement in a family’s home. It wasn’t the worst situation ever, but I think we would have been much happier if we’d moved out and into a traditional apartment. Oh well.
2. Make room for new stuff.
I had no idea how much extra stuff would end up in the apartment – between wedding gifts and Paul’s possessions, we were buried in boxes. I wish I had done a good (and well-thought out, see #4) purge of my belongings and moved more things into storage before the wedding showers – long before Paul moved in.
3. Register strategically.
I was completely overwhelmed by the registering process, so my registry was a hit and miss list of mostly entertaining pieces. I wish I had registered for more basic items like pots, pans and baking ware. My sister was a rock star when it came to registering – click here to read her tips for registry success!
4. Don’t be overwhelmed with trying to make room for all the wedding gifts or your spouse’s stuff.
Because we had too much stuff in a small space, I started clearing out my personal belongings like a mad woman. I actually let my landlady sell a lot of my stuff on Amazon (she pocketed all the proceeds, dear lady that she was). I wish I’d taken a few deep breaths and evaluated how much I’d miss those Anthropologie knock off cereal bowls.
If you receive duplicates of basic appliances (iron, hand mixer, food processor, etc.) and have room to store them, think before you return them to BB&B. You’ll be glad you have a backup when those things break and there’s no room in your newlywed budget to replace them!
And the one thing I’m glad I knew:
5. Focus on your marriage more than your wedding.
Because that’s what is most important!