You're in a long term relationship and you've finally decided to move in together. You're all packed and you have the movers scheduled. Now that you're going to be living together, there are some things you can do to make sure that your new living arrangements don't spell disaster for your relationship.
Here are a few tips to make the transition go smoothly:
Be Willing To Throw Things Away
You're moving in together. Do you really need to hang on to gifts that old boyfriends or girlfriends gave you? Perhaps your partner has some particularly unpleasant household decor that you don't want in your new home. Now is a good time to compromise. You can toss the old gifts and your partner can toss the unpleasant household decor. If you both have belongings that you just don't want to part with, you might want to consider renting a storage unit for those items.
Discuss Your Expectations In Advance
This is particularly important. You and your partner should discuss expectations prior to moving in together. For instance, your partner needs to know if you see moving in together as a step towards marriage. This is important, especially if your partner wants to keep things the way they are. It works the other way around, too. Your partner needs to know if moving in together isn't your sign that you're ready for marriage. Knowing the expectations before you move in together can prevent potential problems later on.
Have Designated "Me" Space
Everyone needs a space that is just theirs. You're no different. Be sure to set up designated "me" space in your new home. Both of you will need a place where you can feel safe leaving your things out. Perhaps you have a hobby that you enjoy doing, or one of you works for home. Your "me" space will allow you to keep your things out without worrying about taking up too much room, or needing to clean up each time you walk away. You'll be able to keep your space as messy, or as tidy as you like.
Don't Be Afraid To Discuss Issues As They Arise
One of the worst things you can do when you move in with someone is walk on eggshells when issues arise. Be open with your partner when minor issues come up. Taking care of the little things can keep them from turning into larger issues that could jeopardize your relationship later on.
You and your partner are moving in together. That's a big deal, especially if you've been in a long-term relationship. You want to make sure that your relationship is solid, even after you move in together. Give your relationship the best chance for success by following these simple steps when you start living together.
To learn more, or if you have other questions, contact a company like Right Move Moving & Storage.