Are you thinking of moving in together with your partner? Congratulations for making it this far! Moving in together with your partner can be thrills and bliss in almost equal measures.
According to statistics in the US, Cohabiting among adults between the ages of 21 and 45 is about 65%, which has recently become rampant and fast on the rise. Cohabiting presents its array of challenges, from sharing spaces to house chores, personal hygiene, and finances. So, how do you know it is the best time to move in with your partner? Well, here are a few signs to know it’s the right time to move in together.
When you are comfortable doing embarrassing things around them
When the relationship is as fresh as mint, we tend to hide flaws from our partners. Moving deeper into the relationship, little by little, we become less conscious of these flaws and, over time, become indifferent or overly comfortable doing these things, for example, passing gas in the presence of your partner, snoring, eating in a rush, or chewing loudly. These things are unarguably deal breakers for most people, hence the need for people to hide these flaws. If your partner is comfortable with you doing these things, per intimacy level, then it’s a sign that you are ready to move in together.
When you have the same standard of hygiene
Hygiene is pivotal in the cohabiting journey. You have to be vigilant and notice their attitude toward cleanliness. Do they clean themselves up, or they leave the whole place messy? If they portray good personal hygiene, then moving in together is a great idea.
You are Best Friends with Your Partner
It is not unusual to be best friends with your partner. However, having your partner as your best friend in a not clingy way is a good indication that it is time to move in together. ‘Non-Clingy” in this context means your partner also has other friends they hang out with, and they necessarily do not have to be around you all the time.
When Your Relationship Status is Clear Without Questions
While some don’t see this as a barrier, it is essential to define what you have before processing the thought of moving in together. Clearing the air, describing what you have, and knowing that you are on the same page is an excellent base to move in together in order not to find yourself in an “entanglement or situations.”
When You Have Had The “Finance” Conversation
This is vital prior to move in together. Discussing how bills are going to be catered for and being on the same page is pivotal to successful cohabiting, as in most cases, relationships fall out solely for this reason. Love and affection are usually not enough; neither does it pay the bills. If you have reached an agreement on who pays for certain things and how bills will be split, then it is a good sign you are ready to move in together.
You Have Set Boundaries About Social Media
Setting boundaries about social media has become a meaningful conversation to have in relationships. If you’re the type that spends a lot of time on social media, your partner might be offended by this, as they might be the type that burns for attention. However, if you have had this conversation and successfully set boundaries, and you both respect these boundaries, then it is an indication that you are ready to move in together.
When You Have Understood How to Settle Differences
Fight and quarrel are almost unavoidable in relationships but understanding how to overcome them is critical. However, if you have had few fights and successfully survived them, it means you have devised ways to settle differences; moving in together can then be considered because it is an indicator that you can always overcome these challenges when cohabiting.
Cohabiting shouldn’t feel like a big deal or take an act of congress. If you have been faithful for a long time and spend much time together, then cohabiting comes easy. The things mentioned above are, however, indications and things to do before moving in together.