Moving in: Tips for Spending Time Together and Apart
When you move in with your partner for the first time, you may find yourself facing some challenges and adapting to another person’s lifestyle and habits. Even if you have been in a long-term relationship with your partner, there may be a few new quirks and traits to get used to as you settle into a new place together. When you move in with another person, you will be spending more time together, as your relationship reaches new heights. While this will be a time for your love to grow, it will also be a time to learn about living with your partner and how to navigate time spent together and apart when you are sharing a home or apartment.
Have Patience, but Discuss Intentions for your Home
While transitioning to living with your significant other, you are bound to butt heads with your partner, or some of their quirky qualities become more noticeable as you naturally spend more time together. It will be important to have patience during this time and if there are issues that arise, don’t be afraid to let your partner know how you are feeling. It will be important to keep the lines of communication open so that you can each adjust without pulling away from one another. To avoid any disagreements, you can also talk with your partner before you move in about what your expectations are for guests and keeping your space clean, much like you would with any roommate. You will be better off if you understand each others preferences, and do your best to be respectful them.
An Area of your Own
In your new apartment or home, you will be sharing almost every room– from the bathroom, to the kitchen, to the bedroom. With that being said, it’s important to maintain a space of your own within the home you share. Depending on the size of your apartment, that space can be a corner tucked away in your living room, or your own office or reading nook. Wherever your area is, you should decorate it with a comfortable chair or sofa to relax in and a piece of art or a photo that is meaningful to you. There will inevitably be times when you need to escape and recharge by yourself, and it’s natural to want space from your partner at times. Let your significant other know that it isn’t personal, and enjoy your little corner of the world when you need to!
Create Routines (and Memories) Together
Having a space to retreat to is important, but it’s also meaningful to enjoy your home together and intertwine your routines. This might be cooking dinner together at the end of the night or enjoying a cup of coffee together before you start your day. You don’t have to give up the activities that you enjoy doing independently, but living with your partner can be very enjoyable when you find activities that you take pleasure in doing together. You should also make a point to sit down for dinner together as much as you can. Eating together creates a natural time to discuss how your day went and makes it easier to check in on each other before you settle in for the rest of the night.