At least one of you will be moving into a new home after your divorce, and it is possible that both of you will be moving if you choose to sell your marital home. Settling into a new home can be stressful, especially when combined with adjusting to being single. Even if you get to keep your old home, it may feel noticeably emptier without your spouse. You will need time to adjust to your new living situation, but personalizing the appearance of your home can help you with the transition.
Moving is a good time to assess which items you no longer need after your divorce. Some items are impractical for you to keep as a single adult. You may want to purge yourself of other items because they remind you of your marriage. There is nothing wrong with getting rid of otherwise useful items because of your emotions towards them. Before throwing out or giving away an item, you should ask yourself:
- Can I look at or use this item without thinking about my former spouse?;
- How difficult or expensive will it be to replace this item?;
- Do my children have any emotional attachments to this item?; and
- Could this item be of use or value to my children in the future?
You may have compromised with your spouse on the appearance of your home when you were living together. Now that you are alone, you can decorate your living space to fit your tastes, such as:
- Repainting a room into your preferred color;
- Organizing your space to meet your needs;
- Replacing your furniture with pieces that fit your style;
- Purchasing appliances that you think will be useful; and
- Decorating your living areas in a way that you enjoy.
You have the freedom to personalize your home in ways that your former spouse may have objected to. However, you may want to be subtle about imposing your personal style if your children are living with you. Drastically redecorating your home will be another change that they must adjust to.
Contact a Kane County Divorce Attorney
What you do with your marital home will be one of the more important decisions you make during your divorce. If you are not keeping the home, you must obtain enough assets in the division of property to compensate you and help you afford a new home. A Batavia, Illinois, divorce attorney at Van Larson Law, P.C., can lead you through your divorce negotiations. Schedule a consultation by calling 630-879-9090.