7 Things You Learn Your First Year Living with a Significant Other

If things are going well with your significant other, you may consider moving in together. It can be an adjustment while you’re learning how to live with your boyfriend or girlfriend. If you know how to adjust to living with your significant other, the transition will be much easier. We’re adding to our collection of resources to include the following tips for couples moving in together. Read on to learn how to survive the move with ease.

1 – You Might Not See Each Other as Much as You Think

You’ll definitely find it easier to sneak some quality time in during a busy week, but you probably don’t have to worry about getting too sick of each other. Unless you work together, or you both work from home, you’ll still have plenty of time to miss each other during the day. Now it will just be easier than ever to reconnect at the end of a busy day. You may be surprised by how quickly the evenings go by as you eat dinner together, watch a few episodes of your favorite show, then get ready for bed. That said, it’s still nice to make separate plans occasionally…

2 – It Takes Effort to Stay Connected to Your Friends

It’s easy and wonderful to fall into a great routine with your significant other, but this can take a toll on your social life. There are a lot of different ways to deal with this. Depending on the size of your apartment, you can use the separate rooms to do your own thing. You can also pick certain weeknights where you go out independently to do things with your friends. If you don’t have time during the week, it’s easy to set aside part of the weekend for personal time. Communication is key here because you don’t want to resent each other due to a deteriorating social life.

3 – You Both Have Bad Habits

Both of you will do things that rub the other person the wrong way. It might have to do with how you organize (or don’t organize) the apartment. It could have to do with your kitchen or bathroom habits. Either way, it’s important to talk openly about it and be willing to compromise. It can be hard work as you learn how to live with your significant other, but the reward is often worth it.

4 – Discuss Personal Space

If you have similar schedules, you may quickly realize how much you miss being home alone. This problem gets easier or harder to fix depending on the size of your apartment. If it’s becoming a problem for you, you can discuss some sort of schedule where one of you gets the apartment to yourself for a few hours at a time. You may also find that you can set up a portion of a room that’s all yours. This can be as simple as choosing your own designated chair.

5 – It’s Still Fun to Go on Dates

You’ll be able to spend more time together now that you live together, but it’s still important to plan special date nights. Going out together will break up the monotony of your new schedule and keep things fresh. If you’re on a budget, you can still plan dates where you invite another couple over for a game night or a movie and dinner. That said, it’s important to make sure you’re not ordering delivery or take out too much, which leads to the next point.

6 – At Least One of You Will Have to Cook

Eating out can be expensive, and those costs really add up over time. If neither of you knows how to cook, one or both of you should figure it out. Cooking together can be a fun bonding experience, and you’ll find that there are a ton of easy dishes that are cheap and delicious. You can even start packing lunches for work to save up for your next big date night or vacation.

7 – You’ll Have to Cooperate to Get the Chores Done

Depending on your communication and compatibility, this can become a point of contention or one of the best things about living together. If one of you does all the chores, it’s going to strain your relationship over time. You can also work this to your advantage by cooperating. If you communicate well, you may find a good balance where each of you does the chores you enjoy most (or at least don’t hate)!

Best Apartments for Living with a Significant Other

One of the first things you learn during your first year living with a significant other is that space matters a lot. Luckily, Heers Management has a wide assortment of terrific apartments in West Phoenix to accommodate you and your boyfriend or girlfriend. Our dedicated staff takes the time to understand your living situation and offer the best available options. Contact us today to set up a tour of our properties!

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