How to Successfully Live with Your Partner

When you’ve made the decision to live with your significant other, there are things to address so that you don’t end up at separate addresses. Whether he’s moving into your place, you’re moving into his or you’re both looking for a new spot to call your own, there are tips to keep in mind in order to make living together a huge success and not a hot mess.

Communicate. It’s true that communication is always an important part of a relationship, but it’s especially crucial when you’re living together. You’ll likely be spending more time with each other than ever before and perhaps seeing a different side of your partner that you may not have been familiar with when you lived apart.
New conflicts and disagreements are bound to arise when you’re living under one roof, and that’s why it’s particularly important to be able to openly and honestly talk with your girlfriend or boyfriend about whatever’s on your mind, whether it’s easy or not. Discussions about paying for groceries, rent checks and even whose Netflix account you’re going to use need to be held so that you and your partner are on the same page now that you’re at the same address.

It’s also important to nail down your expectations of one another as well as your expectations about where the relationship is heading. If you see living together as the next step toward an engagement in six months, but your boyfriend or girlfriend views it as something that could continue indefinitely, you’re heading for problems. The same applies to smaller issues as well, whether it’s splitting up the chores or splitting the last piece of leftover pizza. It may seem like splitting hairs, but the conversations are necessary in order to prevent splitting up.

Compromise. When you and your partner are living together, you need to remember that you’re now sharing the same space, and like any toddler can tell you, sharing isn’t always easy. You might be used to long showers in the morning, a disorganized closet and only doing your laundry after wearing the very last pair of underwear that you own. But when you’re living with your mate, you have to be respectful of his or her wants and needs which may differ from yours.

While dirty dishes left in the sink, a bathroom counter strewn with makeup bottles and a wastebasket so full that one more item will send trash falling like a game of Jenga might not bother you, they may be unnerving to your partner. Do you love that Van Halen poster in the living room? Because she can’t stand it. Do you drink soy milk right out of the carton? It grosses him out.

In order to create a living environment where you both can flourish, you have to accept the fact that you’ll need to make sacrifices and adjustments. And luckily, since you’re not a toddler, you can handle these changes without a breakdown or a breakup.

Collaborate. Now that you’re living with your partner, you may find yourself wanting to stay in and spend all of your time with your special someone. Or on the flip side, you may find yourself struggling to make adjustments to your normal routine now that you and your partner have one place. In order to find the right balance between spending time together as well as spending time apart, you have to spend some time collaborating with your partner to come up with an action plan.

It may take some getting used to, but both you and your partner should work together to designate time for each other as well as time for the other people and activities in your life. In fact, having some time apart from your soulmate and roommate will actually benefit your relationship in general.

Is there a pick-up basketball game with the guys on Sunday afternoon? Go for it. Want to sign up for a morning spinning class with your all-time favorite instructor? Absolutely. Work out the details with your partner so you can still make time for the people, passions and pastimes that keep you happy and healthy—it’s actually what'll keep your relationship healthy and happy as well. 


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How to Successfully Live with Your Partner
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