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For first time live-in couples

sex and relationships Updated: Aug 25, 2010 00:45 IST
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Planning to live-in with your partner? Here are some tips and clarifications to consider before you decide to take the plunge.

Ask Yourself:

Are you sure you want to move in with your partner? Have you talked over any doubts/worries either of you might have? If the answer to any of these is no, take a step back and rethink. Thinking things through rather than jumping straight in can save a lot of heartache.

Share alike:

Each taking a fair share of cooking, cleaning, bill paying, sitting up all night with the sick cat really does help. Just remember to take into consideration work/studying schedules. Nothing sucks more than spending the whole day in the library, getting home at 9 pm and being told it’s your turn to make dinner.

Don’t get stuck in a rut:

Letting the romance fade is the killer of so many cohabiting relationships. Take time to do things for each other, cook favourite meals, buy flowers, write sweet little notes and stick them to the fridge. If you both have busy schedules, try to arrange one night a week where you do something special together.

Space invaders!

Unless moving all your belongings in straight away in completely unavoidable, take it slow. It can be quite intimidating to suddenly having someone else’s stuff all over your space.

Dècor drama:

If you have similar tastes, decorating your shared space shouldn’t be a problem. If not, there’s only one solution: compromise.