Moving in with your significant other is a big step to take and an even bigger decision to make. There are several things you will learn about your best friend while living with them that you may not even known about them beforehand.
In order for your relationship to stay successful, it is important to always be thinking about them as well as yourself. Here are 10 valuable tips to keeping your relationship healthy and exciting while living with your significant other.
Step One: Compromise is Key
One of the most important things to remember when moving in with your significant other, is that compromise is key. Human beings are creatures of habit. We tend to find a method we prefer and stick to it. Unfortunately, chances are the person you are dating has different ways of doing things.
In order to keep your relationship successful while living together, make sure to work on compromising. Compromises can consist of chores, sleeping habits, even your shower schedule. These actions will show respect within your partnership and will allow for your relationship to truly blossom.
Compromise is key to a successful relationship, don’t ever forget it.
Step Two: Make a Budget
Although it is important to discuss who will pay what percentage of rent, groceries, etc., make sure to create a realistic idea in your mind about what to expect financially when moving in together.
Relationships will always benefit from planning head, especially when it comes to finances. Make sure to discuss who will pay for what and when. Even when life throws you a curve ball, and it will, if you’ve planned ahead, you will be ready!
Step Three: A Little Love Goes A Long Way
Moving can be incredibly stressful, and more specifically can put a lot of stress on your relationship. It is easy to become busy with countless tasks whether it be for moving, family events or even work.
It is important to remember that in these busy times, a little love goes a long way.
What some may fail to recognize, is that it is easy to get caught up in the little things in life, so much that you don’t even realize you’ve allowed yourself to put something important on the back burner.
With this being said, never forget to hug your partner when you see them. Tell them they are important, tell them you love them. It’s the little things in life that count. Leave them a note or send a short text.
These little reminders may seem small and insignificant, however your small act of kindness and love can completely transform your significant others day. After all, we all know how good it feels to be reminded that we are loved.
Step Four: Make Plans with Friends
In a relationship it is important to not only have your own group of friends, but to also share friends with your significant other. Couples will benefit from sharing experiences with the same people. Although it is completely normal, healthy even, to have your own friends, it can be healthier for your relationship to have mutual friends.
Sharing friends allows couples to spend time together, in an unromantic way, and still be able to enjoy their time. Couples are more likely to be happy in their relationships when they can share memories with friends, together.
Step Five: Don’t Forget About Date Night
Through the mess of it all, it can be easy to get wrapped around starting a life together that you actually forget to tend to the romantic side of your relationship. Remember to schedule a date together… an actual date. Sitting on the couch and eating take-out does not count!
When couples do not live together they are constantly planning things to make sure they see one another. Once a couple lives together, they see each other 24/7, which means date night can get forgotten and left behind. Keep the spark in your relationship by getting off the couch and planning a real, romantic date night out with Bae!
Step Six: Take Time To Yourself
Although moving in together and spending all of your time with one another can be very exciting, it is also healthy to allow some time to yourself. We are only human, and spending all of our time with one person can be stressful at times.
Take the evening off and go see a movie by yourself or cuddle up on your couch and watch your favorite tv show that your significant other never wants to watch! These short times apart will make you appreciate the time you do spend together that much more.
Step Seven: Choose Your Battles Wisely
This step falls under the ‘key is compromise’ concept. There are going to be times when you and your significant other are going to disagree. That is normal! Always make sure to choose your battles wisely. You can’t always have your way, hence the compromise.
If you choose your battles wisely, the idea is that when something is truly important to you, your partner will make the same compromises for you that you made for them.
Step Eight: Focus on What Makes You Happy
When you are truly happy with yourself, your relationship will succeed. In order to be the best version of you for someone else, you need to be the best version of you, for well, you. Take the time to figure out what you want in life and set goals.
Once you define this for yourself, the rest will follow. When each person in a partnership allows themselves to do this, the relationship will flourish.
Step Nine: Always Support One Another
Step eight above refers to doing what makes you happy. While this is crucial for success in any relationship, it is also important to make sure you are supporting your significant other’s goals in life as well as your own.
Take the time at home over dinner to talk to each other about these goals, and see how you might be able to help you partner accomplish theirs.
Step Ten: Enjoy Life
Moving can be fun, exciting, scary, stressful and pretty much just about every other emotion. Don’t allow yourself to get caught up in the stress. Life is exactly that… it is meant to be lived.
Explore your new home with your best friend. Make fancy dinners and sit on the porch while the sky turns to beautiful pale pinks and warm yellows during a summer sunset. Go out on the weekend and explore the nightlife.
Do what makes you happy, because after all that is what life is all about. Enjoy your new home with your best friend, and remember these few tips to help get you started. Now, you’re on your way.