Moving in with your partner is a very big deal. It is an exciting stage for the both of you that you get to experience different versions of each other. In the same breath that is exciting, it is also very scary. Who your partner is when you see them on a date or during the weekend is very different from day-to-day them a month in or six months in. At this point, your partner starts treating you the same way he would treat his siblings. There’s a lot of “please pick up your clothes from the floor” and “aren’t you making dinner?”
There are ways in which you and your partner might be able to move in together smoothly. Merging two lives it’s very different and difficult. But learning each other and also giving each other space might help moving in be a lot more efficient. Here are some tips on moving in together.
Moving in together
A few things that may be able to help you with your living situation goes as follows:
Communication before moving together
Talk about your dos and don’ts in each other’s space. Communicate when you wake up you don’t like to talk sometimes or that you enjoy eating snacks every 2 hours. This is all stuff you and your partner have to talk about before moving in together. These things will help you guys decide how you are going to move forward and how you work around these day-to-day activities. Communicate why fears he may have with living with each other this makes it easier for the other to try and accommodate them.
This is also where you communicate your boundaries. Boundaries are very important in the relationship whether you are living together or simply just in a relationship. Boundaries actually help the relationship to move in a much more healthy way. You don’t quite feel uncomfortable with your partner but more so that both of you are trying to make each other feel as comfortable as possible. Which is very important in a relationship.
Give each other space
As much as you guys are very excited to live together and this is a new experience for the both of you, giving each other space in your home is a must. The same way you can’t constantly spend hours with your siblings while you are at home is the same way you cannot be with your partner the whole time. Whenever you can make sure to give your partner the space they may need. weather is every day or four a week and make sure they have time to do their own thing. Give your boyfriend time to be able to play video games with his boys and give your girlfriend some time to simply read a book or do some self-care treatments by herself.
Try to accommodate each other
Accommodating each other’s space is very important not only physical space but also mental and emotional space. Having specific sections of rooms that belong to your partner will help the longevity of you guys living together. People often want to feel as though they are still an individual even though they’re in a relationship. Being overly consumed in a relationship is not healthy. The key to a healthy relationship is being an individual at the end of the day. If you can have your own space yourself anywhere around the house that would really help the both of you. Whether it is a desk section where you get to play your video games or is the kitchen where you get to make your favourite meals every day, that section still makes you feel like yourself.
Create routines together
Create a routine together. Whether it’s cooking turns, cleaning turns or walking the dog. This creates more of a flow in the household and makes both of you feel like you are a part of the house. It no longer feels like it’s just one person’s house but that you guys actually live together. Routines also give you a sense of self as it’s something that you can do on your own the majority of the time. It could also be used as your own alone time.
Relationship when you live together
There’s no doubt that your relationship will be tested at this time. This is where you really get to experience your partner and figure out if you want to stay with this person in the long run. It might be rocky for the first few weeks or months of the relationship but you will definitely settle down and reach another happy stage of your relationship. Relationships are very much like a rollercoaster there are some downs and there are some ups but the highs are definitely better than the lows.