Decorating SOS for the Suddenly Single

Breakups are difficult.

Getting a divorce, or facing the end of a relationship with a live-in partner, is on another level. Not only are you dealing with your broken heart, you have to deal with the stress of moving. It’s not necessarily easier if your ex is the one who’s leaving. Either way, this can be an extremely emotional and disruptive period in your life.

Here are some tips to help.

If your spouse/partner is the one leaving, it might be temping to put all their things in the driveway and light them on fire. Don’t do this. It’s illegal and going to jail is the last thing you need right now.

How was the divorce/breakup? Was it amicable or was it filled with rancor? If it was the latter perhaps a friend or family member can be with you when your ex comes to get their things. If it’s best that you’re not there at all, have someone you trust oversee the move (so that your ex doesn’t get any crazy ideas).

Once that’s done sit down and think about what new things you need for your space to replace items that belonged to your ex. If you rent, check with your landlord/the lease regarding what changes you’re allowed to make. Look at this moment as an opportunity to decorate the space in the way you want. Maybe you’re a maximalist who was married to a minimalist. Girl, paint those rooms. Be free.