Tips for Moving in With a Significant other
Congratulations! If you’re reading this article, you have probably decided to move in with your significant other (or are at least seriously considering it!). That is a big milestone in any relationship, and one that you will never forget.
It will no longer be just your own space anymore, and you and your significant other will have to start making decisions collectively. For example, what kind of furniture will you get? What colors do you want to paint the wall? Should you look for pet friendly apartments? How often will friends be coming over? How will you divide chores and grocery shopping? These are just a few questions a couple will have to contemplate for the first time after moving in together.
Whether you and your significant other are looking for studio apartments or 3 bedroom apartments, here are a few tips to make the transition easier:
Communicate, communicate, communicate!
No one can read minds. If something is bothering you or you just want to get something off your chest, it is far better to talk about it early on than bottle it up until you turn bitter. (But, don't sweat the small stuff!).
Do household chores together.
If possible, go grocery shopping together! It builds the feeling of partnership knowing that one person doesn’t do all the grocery shopping (or cleaning, laundry, etc.) by his or herself. Plus, now you are both contributing to your shared space.
Respect alone time.
Do not take it personally if either one of you want some alone time. Moving in with someone is a big transition, and it is very healthy to have some alone time for personal reflection.
Never take each other for granted.
Living together brings a sense of comfort and safety into the relationship, but never stop trying to make the relationship better! Often, it is the smallest things that mean the most. So, the next time you leave for work, leave a sweet note on the door for your significant other to find!
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