Moving into a new apartment with your significant other can be an exciting experience. The process can be a long one, from trying to learn more about the apartments in your area or getting approved by a landlord, but the end result is worth it.
However, living in an apartment (especially if it’s small) with another person can be a challenge and a little uncomfortable. But thankfully, there are some things you can do to make it a little more manageable, and this article is going to go over them.
Have Some Ground Rules in Place That You Agree on
Perhaps the best way to make the apartment comfortable for both people is to set some ground rules. You both need to be on the same page when it comes to living conditions, how often you clean, the rules for having friends over and things like that.
Also, if this is the first time you will be living together, it is a good idea to go over a few common tips to help the move and your ensuing life go smoothly. This includes talking about pets, creating a budget, dividing up chores, and going through your things and seeing what you can get rid of.
If you don’t have these types of rules being covered, living together can be challenging and you are sure to have disagreements.
Compromise on Decor and Design
When it comes to the design of your home, it is crucial to compromise on home decor. If one side has all the say in how the home looks, the other side is likely going to hold a bit of resentment. Instead, both parties need to come together to make sure they have an input on how the home looks, what colors are used and what type of furniture and decor are there.
A good idea can be to take certain elements from each person’s style preferences and find ways to mend them together. This can help both sides be happy as their preferences are still present in the home. This can take some patience and sacrifice on both sides, but is generally well worth it for an apartment that represents both individuals well.
Give Each Other Space, But Not Too Much
Living together in a space, especially one that is small, is sure to lead to a couple getting on each other’s nerves every now and then. As a result, be sure to give each other some space. Having alone time is important, and even the most clingy individual needs it from time to time. There is no need to spend every waking moment together, and ensure each person has a space where they can go to be left alone and hang out for a while.
However, don’t give too much space. You still need to make time for one another and spend meaningful time hanging out. If you live together, you are around each other more, but you still need to set some time aside for real conversations, dates and spending time together in other ways.
Any and all of these tips should be able to help ensure your apartment is a positive and comfortable place to be for both you and your partner.