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Moving in Together and Making Decisions

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Moving in with your significant other can be strange at first -- there is an adjustment period where both of you are trying to adapt and get used to it, which is normal.

But, moving in together also brings on an entirely new set of challenges aside from the normal adjustments that need to be made. For instance, have you two discussed finances? What about home decor? Or even less controversial -- how about getting a pet?

Making decisions can be difficult for a couple in any situation, but adding the stress of recently moving can make it even more challenging. Here are some tips to help you make decisions as a team after you decide to move in together. 

Make big decisions together 

You've already decided to take the plunge into co-habitation, but now comes more decisions--such as where to live, what type of housing to look for, and who will pay for what each month. The big decisions might be daunting, and that's understandable, but once you've tackled them--like whether to rent or buy your new home--the smaller decisions will be easier. 


Even if it's not your first time moving on your own, you might have certain expectations for what you want your new home to look like or where you want things to be. When it doesn't work out that way, you might feel disappointed. The same is true when you're moving in with your significant other. They want things to be a certain way, too, and have certain expectations. 

When it comes to deciding on what paint to use or what brand of soap to buy--compromise with one another. Not everything is going to be as you expect and in a relationship you need to be understanding and willing to meet in the middle on certain topics. So while you might need to concede on your favourite soap brand, your partner may compromise on what colour looks best in the living room. 

Choose a good time to talk about it 

It's hard to focus on coming to a consensus when someone is hungry, tired or stressed. When you're trying to make a decision together, make sure you're both being smart about when to discuss it.

As your girlfriend walks in the door after work, don't run up to her and immediately ask which sofa she prefers. Instead, set aside time to talk about decisions that need to be made together. Whether they're financial decisions, home decor decisions or lifestyle decisions, you'll both be able to talk about them calmly when you're well-rested and fed. 

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on February 23, 2016 - Moving Expert
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