Moving In With Your Partner: Tips To Make It Easier On Both Of You
For many couples, a significant step in their relationship is when they decide to move in together. A lot of people who have been there and done it before are going to warn you that this is one of the most challenging but exciting times in your relationship. The chances are, if you have got to that point, you are going to do it anyway. After all, what is the worst that could happen?
We can tell you now that no matter how much you love someone and how well you think you will fit together, moving in with each other and learning to share a space, compromise on things, and live with each other’s bad habits can cause some tension. To try to keep things as easy and positive as possible, we share some tips on moving in with your partner.
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Learn to let some things go
By this, we mean physically – and emotionally.
For most couples, moving in together means losing some space, and that means that your shoe collection to rival Carrie Bradshaws might just need cutting down, or his Star Wars Lego collection might just need shelving – permanently. It is a good opportunity to declutter and get rid of anything that you no longer need or use. It also makes it easier, and cheaper, for your moving services.
In terms of emotionally letting things go – there are going to be things that your partner does that annoy you. Perhaps they leave the lid off the toothpaste or plump the cushions up on the couch when they get up. You need to challenge any big issues but some things, you just have to learn to let go of. As the saying goes, pick your battles. Some are just not worth fighting.
Consider buying versus renting
There are some significant advantages and disadvantages to each of these and it is wise to weigh them up before diving in. While buying a home together gives you much more stability and ownership than renting, it is also a huge financial commitment. Renting is much easier to deal with if you were to separate, although you are not getting the advantage of owning your own property.
Make sure you both have space
When you live together, it can be very easy to fall into the trap of living in each other’s pockets, spending every waking – and sleeping – moment together. That worlds for some couples, but most will benefit from having a little time and space on their own. Do not ditch your friends and hobbies – this gives you valuable time to be your own person.
Divide chores and responsibilities up before you move in
Before you take the step of moving in together, make sure you sort out and talk through who is responsible for what, so that chores and responsibilities are shared evenly. One person being responsible for everything can cause tension and arguments, so it is better to sort it out well before it hits that point.
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