Making the decision to move in together is a big one. It's a huge step in any relationship and it comes with a lot of changes, both good and bad.
The key to making sure the transition is as smooth as possible is communication and planning.
Here are 10 tips to help make sure your move-in goes off without a hitch.
1)) Talk About Your Expectations Ahead Of Time
Discuss things like how you'll split bills, what kind of furniture you'll need, who will do what chores, and anything else that might come up.
Having these conversations before you move will save a lot of headaches down the road.
2)) Set Some Ground Rules
If you have pets, agree on things like where they're allowed to go, whether or not they're allowed on the furniture, etc.
It's also important to agree on things like guests (how often can people stay over? for how long?), noise levels, and common courtesy rules.
3)) Make A Budget And Stick To It
One of the biggest sources of stress in any relationship is money, so it's important to be on the same page about your finances before you move in together.
Make a budget that includes all of your necessary expenses and try to stick to it as closely as possible.
4)) Give Each Other Space
Just because you're living together doesn't mean you have to be joined at the hip 24/7.
It's important to respect each other's personal space and alone time, especially if you're used to living alone.
This is probably the most important tip on this list. Whenever there's a problem, big or small, talk about it with your partner right away.
The sooner you deal with an issue, the less chance there is of it turning into a bigger problem down the road.
6)) Don't Forget About Date Night
Just because you live together doesn't mean your relationship has to suffer—if anything, it should get stronger.
Schedule regular date nights (at least once a week) where you can focus on quality time together without distractions like work or housework getting in the way.
7)) Have Fun
Moving in with your partner should be an exciting time full of new experiences.
Enjoy exploring your new place together and creating a home that reflects both of your personalities equally.
8)) Be Patient With Each Other—And Yourself
Rome wasn't built in a day, and neither is a perfect relationship (or perfect living situation).
It takes time for both people to get used to living together, so cut each other some slack during the adjustment period and things will eventually fall into place.
9)) Keep Things Clean—But Don't Sweat The Small Stuff
Try to keep common areas tidy and do your best to pitch in with chores equally, but don't freak out if everything isn't perfect all the time.
A little bit of clutter here and there is perfectly normal (and expected!).
10)) Appreciate Each Other—And Your New Life Together
At the end of the day, remember why you decided to move in together in the first place: because you love each other and want to build a life together.
Cherish this time and enjoy every moment, good and bad, because it truly is an amazing experience.
Making the decision to move in with your partner is a big step in any relationship—one that comes with its fair share of challenges (and rewards!).
By following these 10 tips, you can help ensure that your transition into cohabitation goes as smoothly as possible.