Your wedding may have been one of the happiest moments of your life, but it’s really just the beginning. Your next big step will be to create a home with your new spouse. That is definitely easier said than done, but these tips should hopefully make it a little bit easier.

Find Your Place

Your first step as newlyweds should be to find a place to live. How you go about that will depend on what you both want and what your financial situation may be. If you have the money for a down payment or good enough credit to qualify for a loan, you can either buy a home or even build your own dream house. If you don’t have the money or you want to save some money, you can always rent a home. In any case, you both need to make it clear what you want in your new home. You need to decide how large it should be, how many bedrooms you want, and where it is located in relation to both of your jobs. There should be plenty of space for both of you to share, but there is also nothing wrong with each of you having your own space if you want as well. Work closely with one another to make sure that you’re both happy with where you end up.

Combine Your Possessions

Once you’re secure in your new home, it’s time to take inventory of everything you both own and decide what you want to keep. Chances are that you have at least a few duplicate items such as silverware and cookery that you don’t need. All Storage Online suggests, “sit down together and make a list of all the duplicates, then decide which items are in the best condition and worth keeping.” There are plenty of places to donate duplicate items, so seek those out once you know what you no longer need.

Create a Financial Plan

No matter where you live and what you and your spouse do for work, you will need to decide how you want your bills to be paid. Once again, this will ultimately be up to the two of you to decide, but you should discuss this and come up with a plan before you move in together. Savant Capital recommends to “make a monthly budget and actually follow it, start saving up for an emergency fund, develop a debt payoff plan, and start saving up for retirement.” A financial plan is not something you can come up with on the fly.

As you can guess, the first steps in building a home with your spouse will require work, but they will also be very exciting. Good luck with married life, and remember to always treat your spouse with love and respect.