When your ex moves out, just being in the home you once shared can stir up negative emotions. Breaking up is already hard enough, so make your home feel like a new place by redecorating the whole thing.
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Sometimes it's better for both parties to find a new place of their own, but that doesn't always work out. If you end up keeping your formerly-shared home, Jennifer Hunter at Apartment Therapy recommends making it your own:
That may mean a good scrubbing, rearranging your furniture, adding new art or decor or even smudging with sage. Pick whichever ritual will most make you feel like this space has been reborn as yours alone. If you're the one in a new space, it will be easier to start fresh. Still, don't wallow; make a concerted effort to get up and get going by filling your home with things and people that make you happy.
Don't let your home — the place you should feel most comfortable — become a ghost of relationships past. Help yourself move on and switch everything around that you can. While you're at it, get rid of stuff that only makes you sad. Even if you never lived together in the first place, it will help you move past the memories that might be hanging about and look to the future.
The Breakup Guide: 4 Basics to Help You Get Your Home and Sanity Back [Apartment Therapy]