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Melania Trump faces many ‘unspoken rules’ moving in White House

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 13/06/2017 Ariel Scotti

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So the First Lady finally lives in the White House.

But is Melania Trump ready for all of the unspoken rules and traditions of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue? Here’s our handy Owners Manual for living in the People’s House:

The basics

The actual "moving in" of the remaining Trumps into the 55,000 square foot home will be handled by the 100-or-so White House staff members.

They’ll unpack their clothes, organize toys and add their favorite foods to the kitchen, making room around Donald Trump’s piles of Lay’s potato chips.

They’ll even make sure the bathrooms are stocked with the First Lady’s favorite brand-name products.

Although the actual "moving in" of the remaining Trumps into the 55,000 square foot, "18-Acres" will be handled by the 100-or-so White House staff members, Melania and her son will have to get used to the rules and traditions of America's most famous home. - Susan Walsh/AP © Provided by New York Daily News Although the actual "moving in" of the remaining Trumps into the 55,000 square foot, "18-Acres" will be handled by the 100-or-so White House staff members, Melania and her son will have to get used to the rules and traditions of America's most famous home. - Susan Walsh/AP What the former occupants learned

"You really don't know what you don't know until you're here," Michelle Obama said to Trump when they met at the White House two days after the election.

Obama told Oprah Winfrey at the United State of Women Summit last June that even walking out the front door without letting anyone know is a huge deal.

"Sasha (the Obama's younger daughter) opened her (White House bedroom) window once and there were calls. It never opened again," Obama said of her daughter's faux pas.

Melania Trump faces many ‘unspoken rules’ after finally moving into the White House. - Pool/Getty Images © Provided by New York Daily News Melania Trump faces many ‘unspoken rules’ after finally moving into the White House. - Pool/Getty Images What you can do

The Obama's wanted to close up a wall in Malia's bedroom to offer her some more privacy, a reasonable request that had to be officially approved before construction moved forward, Time reported. But, President Obama's request of a rainfall showerhead was a wish that the former White House chief usher was able to fulfill easily.

Trump and her interior designer, Tham Kannalikham, are allowed to redecorate the private living quarters of the First Family - more than a dozen rooms over two floors. They're able to swap in their own furniture, bedding, rugs and decorations and can also repaint the walls. There's a $100,000 budget for these renovations set aside by Congress, but it's up to the Trumps if they'd like to use it or pay out of pocket like the Obama's did.

There's an actual warehouse of furniture and art that the new Presidential family can choose from to decorate their rooms, if they'd like. In a high-security facility, managed by the White House Curator, a collection of works from artists like Georgia O'Keeffe and Norman Rockwell is kept on call for them, according to Departures.

The First Family will be together for the rest of Donald Trump's presidency, Melania announced Sunday evening via Twitter, now that Barron has finished the school year. - MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images © Provided by New York Daily News The First Family will be together for the rest of Donald Trump's presidency, Melania announced Sunday evening via Twitter, now that Barron has finished the school year. - MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images What you can’t do

As far as decorating goes, anyone who was worried about the possibility of the Trumps turning the White House into a gaudy gold and marble plated Trump Tower replica can rest easy - there are rules about that, too.

Nothing in the mansion's historic rooms — such as the Lincoln Bedroom, the Green Room and the state dining room — can be altered without approval, owing to their historic significance.

But, regardless of the room, the First Lady can’t bring a construction crew to the “18 Acres” and make sweeping, irreversible changes.

“They are not going to let Trump in and tear down the walls,” Kate Anderson Brower, author of “First Women: The Grace and Power of America’s Modern First Ladies” told ABC News.

First Lady Melania Trump. © AFP Photo First Lady Melania Trump. What they can leave behind

The family can add something significant to the White House like past Presidents and their kin have. Thanks to the Kennedys, the grounds feature a swimming pool, Truman was gifted a bowling alley for his birthday, Eisenhower oversaw the creation of the screening room and Obama had the tennis court redesigned to double as a basketball court - all of which required approval. The Obamas also brought in a playground for their daughters that now graces the property of a local D.C. homeless shelter.

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