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5 Cs to keep in mind before you move in with your partner: The essential checklist

Published on Jun 18, 2024 02:18 PM IST

You are ready to take the next big step in your relationship, move in together. Here are 5 'Cs' you should keep in mind for a smooth cohabitation transition.

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Moving in with your girlfriend on boyfriend could seem like a breeze as an idea but it is good to be well prepared. Here's how you can make sure you are ready for the live-in life. expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Jun 18, 2024 02:18 PM IST

Moving in with your girlfriend on boyfriend could seem like a breeze as an idea but it is good to be well prepared. Here's how you can make sure you are ready for the live-in life.

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Conscious: Make sure it is well thought through and not solely because of convenience. It should be a conscious and rational decision. Your partner is not a replacement for the roommate who left for their hometown. Rent-split or commuting ease may seem attractive enough to live with your partner. A truthful conversation on the ‘why’ of the cohabitation might prevent relationship hiccups in the future.(Unsplash) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Jun 18, 2024 02:18 PM IST

Conscious: Make sure it is well thought through and not solely because of convenience. It should be a conscious and rational decision. Your partner is not a replacement for the roommate who left for their hometown. Rent-split or commuting ease may seem attractive enough to live with your partner. A truthful conversation on the ‘why’ of the cohabitation might prevent relationship hiccups in the future.(Unsplash)

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Collaboration: Cohabitation also brings up responsibilities. Allocating duties will prevent any possible miscommunication. Planning the division of daily chores and expenses is a must. Chores and finance can be a major source of conflict in relationships, especially when living together. Simple questions need to be asked, such as who will cook or do the laundry, how the rent will be split, and whether to put money into a joint account for household expenses or keep separate accounts.  (Unsplash) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Jun 18, 2024 02:18 PM IST

Collaboration: Cohabitation also brings up responsibilities. Allocating duties will prevent any possible miscommunication. Planning the division of daily chores and expenses is a must. Chores and finance can be a major source of conflict in relationships, especially when living together. Simple questions need to be asked, such as who will cook or do the laundry, how the rent will be split, and whether to put money into a joint account for household expenses or keep separate accounts.  (Unsplash)

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Coordination: It's obvious but discussing routine and lifestyle helps in better coordination in day-to-day activities. Questions about work schedules, shifts, eating habits, workout routines, and sleep patterns can help understand each other better. Even hobbies, pastimes, expected visitors, social life, and privacy should be discussed, so no one is left surprised (or shocked). Clear communication will lead to better coordination, foster teamwork, and develop a strong bond. (Unsplash) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Jun 18, 2024 02:18 PM IST

Coordination: It's obvious but discussing routine and lifestyle helps in better coordination in day-to-day activities. Questions about work schedules, shifts, eating habits, workout routines, and sleep patterns can help understand each other better. Even hobbies, pastimes, expected visitors, social life, and privacy should be discussed, so no one is left surprised (or shocked). Clear communication will lead to better coordination, foster teamwork, and develop a strong bond. (Unsplash)

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Compromise: Moving in means becoming a part of someone's life, not just their living space. You are bound to change your habits in some way or the other. See if you are giving up anything to align with each other’s lifestyle, and if you are okay with that kind of compromise. Analyse how much flexibility is allowed in this cohabitation, be it in terms of changes made to interior decor or making big decisions. Understanding these compromises builds mutual respect and strengthens the foundation of your shared life together. (Unsplash) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Jun 18, 2024 02:18 PM IST

Compromise: Moving in means becoming a part of someone's life, not just their living space. You are bound to change your habits in some way or the other. See if you are giving up anything to align with each other’s lifestyle, and if you are okay with that kind of compromise. Analyse how much flexibility is allowed in this cohabitation, be it in terms of changes made to interior decor or making big decisions. Understanding these compromises builds mutual respect and strengthens the foundation of your shared life together. (Unsplash)

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Commitment: Test your commitment to each other. It’s imperative to be honest about the expectations from this relationship, like whether it is intended for the long term or the short term. Understand each other’s long-term goals, career ambitions, and family planning. Envision how you see your life together in the upcoming years.  (Unsplash) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Jun 18, 2024 02:18 PM IST

Commitment: Test your commitment to each other. It’s imperative to be honest about the expectations from this relationship, like whether it is intended for the long term or the short term. Understand each other’s long-term goals, career ambitions, and family planning. Envision how you see your life together in the upcoming years.  (Unsplash)

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