So You're Going In Together: 3 Things to Do

Something interesting happens every time a few transitions out of having individual dwelling spaces into sharing one: Previously undiscovered insanity can rear its ugly head.

You could spend every minute together with your partner and still not understand he or she has been coordinating the cans in the cabinet by color every time you leave the room. What you will find about each other will test your relationship to the center (yes, she did consume your last piece of cake), and there are items that will allow it to be worth every moment. Moving in together is a significant step, but it doesn’t need to be a devastating one.

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Amid the excitement of getting to wake up to the person I loved, when I moved in with my boyfriend I completely overlooked the fact that I didn’t have any clue what type of design style he had. I mean I understood he had style, and that’s one reason I loved him but he was sharing a house with three other guys, and his chamber had consisted of a bed, books, a giant computer along with far a lot of sneakers.

Moving in together was a natural choice for us. Since we adored each other, I suppose I thought things like wall color, couch dimensions and power bills would sort themselves out magically. However, that turned out to not be authentic. Had we sat down and chose ahead, I am pretty certain the fight about the all-black living room could have never occurred.

That will help you avoid things like that, here are a few tried and true strategies for new-couple cohabitation.


1. Determine your budget. Knowing just how much you can afford for rent (or a house purchase) should come prior to deciding where you want to call home. Having a realistic view of what you each can add to the monthly expenses (rent, utilities, and food) will allow you to look for spaces you can pay for.

Talking about finances is seldom simple. There’s no rule that you must hand over your own credit report — but you might want to disclose if yours is bad or good — but you will have to discuss what percentage of your income you’ll be able to dedicate to a roof over your heads.

There is often a disparity in income, and there’ll absolutely be disparities in who absorbs more food, power, toilet paper etc.. You can create greater balance by making a list of those estimated monthly expenses and deciding what you will divide down the middle (by way of instance, rent) and what you will trade off on (perhaps one of you can purchase groceries while the other pays for gasoline).

Mapping out a plan that feels fair to both of you can save many hours of frustration.

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2. Locate a location you’re willing to pay for. You might yearn for a glass box in the skies, while your spouse envisions a cozy brick studio. Sometimes the budget is the fantastic equalizer, because what is doable can bring you down to ground.

Considering that your shared area will be one you will come home to, it’s important to discuss must-haves and nice-to-haves and to understand the difference. Look for places that rank according to which you really need.

A few I know shares a studio apartment in a good San Francisco location with their three dogs and a turtle. It is a small space (350 square feet), however they are happy and flourishing. Location, mild and cost were their sole must-haves. Since they understood up front exactly what they were willing to compromise they snagged an affordable apartment in a locality they adored and made it function.

It is hard to budge on things you love, but compromise is key once you’re setting up home with a different human being. Be flexible.

3. Determine your design style. Design gaps rank among the top challenges in creating a happy home. Finding out exactly what works for both of you can be an illuminating experience. Whether you’re new nesters making do with hand-me-downs or a lucky couple able to shop from scratch, a trip to a furniture shop will allow you to highlight any fashion differences and allow you to try out alternatives you both can live with.

Should you lean toward intimate as well as your spouse loves clean and crisp, you might find a happy medium in a modern low-backed couch in woven sheet, or a glass side table with a gold metallic base.

I often ask my clients what they do not love to rule out unnecessary things. For example, understanding that you hate rococo or that you shiver in the sight of pleather is a good place to get started. Representing both people in the area might appear impossible, but it’s completely true that the solution is in the mix.

Start a ideabook that integrates things you’re both attracted to and then examine it together to find the common ground. You might even purchase a couple of design magazines and dog-ear the photographs you both love. Creating a visual list of your common enjoys can go a long way toward creating a really collaborative area you will both be happy to move into.

Component 2: Figuring out what stays and what goes on once you have made the transfer

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