Maybe you thought the only time you'd have to share a small space with someone was college, and yet here you are. Whether you're moving
in with friends or a significant other, sharing a space with someone can be tough and you'll most likely need all the help and advice you can get.
Keep in mind that this guide isn't going to put a stop to the conflicts all together. However, it will help relieve some potential conflicts that may arise from sharing a space together.
You are going to be seeing a lot more of the people you are about to live with; some things will definitely be shocking and disgust you to your very core. Whether you're living with a significant other or moving in with friends, it's important to establish ground rules early on to avoid conflict.
doing chores. Make sure this is split up evenly, so one of you is not stuck cleaning everything. Clean up after yourself, do your own laundry, and take turns cleaning the bathroom. You both live there, so one person shouldn't be taking on the responsibility as maid. You're sharing the space, so share some of the responsibility.
This can get really sticky, really fast, so make sure you discuss this topic before you move in together as well as throughout the move. Again, whether it is a significant other or a friend, sharing a space is a big deal... especially financially! Will there be a joint account that you use solely for the house or apartment? Will you split utilities? Financial situations frequently change, whether you're making more money, less money, or lose your job completely (let's hope this isn't the case). Make sure you're on the same page, financially, after you unpack as well as periodically.
This goes hand-in-hand with the next category, but it is so important that you maintain your privacy, especially for a new couple. Sure, you wanna spend every waking moment together, but bathroom activities should be done separately.
Spend time apart:
Again, whether you are a new couple or friends, alone time is key. You are literally having a sleepover every night with this person. You are sharing a kitchen, bathroom, and living area. Please, spend some time apart and focus on other relationships in your lives. Your support system will be stronger, and the relationship you have with your newfound roommate with thank you.
Show your love:
This topic is more or less for you and your significant other, but it doesn't have to be! Really just make each other feel special; just because you live together doesn't mean the excitement has to end! It's the little gestures that go a long way!