One possible consequence of splitting up is having to move out, but many divorced individuals can remain in the same home where they lived when married. However, finding ways to reinvent a home and create a new environment for the future can be overwhelming. This transition does not have to be expensive, but it will require some careful thought and decision-making. In the long run, it can be a helpful way to heal from the divorce.
Some divorced spouses drag their feet about removing their belongings from the home, and the person still living there can become frustrated. The first thing to do in these situations is to read the divorce decree to see if there was a specified amount of time for doing this. If not, the ex-spouse living there can give an ultimatum with a date and time. Some people will ignore this or refuse to do so, and it may be best to contact a divorce lawyer for help. If the house was jointly owned before the separation, it is essential to have the ex-spouse sign a quit claim deed and to have the home refinanced in the new owner’s name.
The First Pass
If there is a spirit of cooperation, it is best to ask the ex-spouse if they want any of their personal possessions, as throwing these out could lead to later problems. Things such as old magazines, toothpaste, and hair spray can probably be tossed, but it is best to ask first. If children are involved, they should also be asked before anything is thrown away.
Next, things that may have negative connotations, such as photographs, should be thrown out. Many people in this situation will want to dispose of their mattress, and bedding companies can take these when delivering new ones. Nonprofit organizations, such as homeless shelters, may be willing to accept furniture and other objects that are no longer wanted; it is a good idea to get a receipt for tax purposes.
A Thorough Cleansing
Once the unneeded items are out of the house, it is time to give the house a good cleaning. Getting rid of the dust and cobwebs can make way for new furniture and decorative items. Some people also choose to give their homes a spiritual cleansing, which can be done by lighting candles, burning sage, or getting an energy healer.
Inexpensive Ways that Refresh
If buying new furniture is feasible, rearranging what is already there can make a big difference. Those who understand feng shui arrange space in ways that complement special energy and doing this post-divorce can create a new sense of peace. Small things like fresh flowers, children’s artwork, and even a new pet can also be helpful.
Additional ways to transform a home include a new coat of paint, wallpaper, or pictures. Some people decide to repurpose rooms, like changing a bedroom into an office. Redecorating can be satisfying and rewarding, and it does not have to be that expensive. It can also be a great way to smooth the path toward establishing a new life.
South Jersey Divorce Lawyers Help Divorced Clients Ease into New Lifestyles
Divorces can be complicated and traumatic, but a South Jersey divorce lawyer can help ease your transition. For a free consultation, call us or complete our online form. Located in Marlton and Somers Point, New Jersey, we serve clients throughout South Jersey, including Camden County, Burlington County, and Atlantic County.