Having recently moved in with my significant other, I realized that there are a few things that no one tells you that every girl should know outside of the obvious trust, honesty, living habits, etc. While I’m happy to say that it was the best decision I have made, I know every relationship is different and this may be different from couple to couple. But throw the pro’s and cons and checklists away, and listen to your heart a little!
Are you both morning people, night people, or opposite? Even if you’re one and he’s the other, it can work to your advantage. Take time to get work done and boring chores while he’s asleep, take some “you” time, or even cook for you guys. Just make sure that you can sleep when you need to, it can be tempting to sync up your sleeping habits and stay up late when you can’t, but be realistic to what your body needs. Eventually you will both fall into a groove!
Do you have conflicting food likes and dislikes or diet habits? While this is often something couples find out early in a relationship, it really takes precedent when you live together, cook together, grocery shop together, and eat meals regularly together. Together being the key word here. If he eats meat and you’re a vegetarian, make sure that you still get what you need when it comes to buying food, and the same goes for him. Trying to conform to his diet, or vice versa, is a recipe for grumpiness. While it can be tempting to try to only make dishes that you both eat because it’s easier, be true to what you want and treat him to his favorites too!
Can you divide and conquer? Finding a way to divide and conquer house or apartment duties is the key to avoiding little squabbles. Establish early who takes the trash out, who washes the dishes, who sets up various utilities, who vacuums, etc. Make it clear so that one person doesn’t end up feeling like they’re doing everything. Make trade offs: you’ll take care of the bedroom if he tends to the living room, for example. Dividing and conquering by chore or by room is a great way to divide the responsibility while bringing you both closer together.
What do you think?
What do you think of these tips? If you live with your significant other or are planning on it, what would you want to know or add to this list? Share with us in the comments section below.