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Before Marriage

The idea of moving in together before marriage is certainly one of the most controversial topics triggering debates. Some people consider it the most solid way to know their partner better before tying the knot finally. However, there are plenty of social, religious and custom based reasons against living together before marriage.

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Moving In With Kids

When blending families, one of the most difficult situations is moving in together with kids. The families who are moving in together with kids will need to have very honest conversations with each other.

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Moving In With Kids

For a Brighter Future

If you have been with your girlfriend or boyfriend for a long time and are looking to take the next step in your relationship, you might be considering what some call “cohabitation.”

This involves moving in together with your girlfriend or boyfriend and living together for a short or long period of time to see what it is like living with each other. This blog will educate you of the ways this arrangement can go wrong, as well as some pros and cons about cohabitation. I will also give you some tips on how you can improve the living situation between you and your girlfriend or boyfriend.

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The Good, the Bad, and The Ugly

Here are the pros and cons of moving in together with your girlfriend or boyfriend:

From the perspective of a man – This is where it gets tricky. Guys are sometimes self-centered and often do not want to give their lives to a girl that they just met, so this is why they agree to do something like this in the first place. Of course, the guy may be thinking, “What’s in it for me?” when he is moving in together with her. Will he get all the sex he wants? Will he be able to kick his feet up and have friends over all the time just like the good old days? If the girlfriend is picky about these kind of things, he could find himself very upset that he agreed to live with his girlfriend. Either way, this tests the character of the boyfriend, and the girl will learn loyalty from her boyfriend if he has any at all to share with her.

From the perspective of a girl – All of this can be so exciting for her as she’s taking the next step towards finally marrying the man of her dreams, or so she thinks. If she has any idea how annoying it could be if he leaves the toilet seat up every day, she might think twice before signing a lease for an apartment with this guy. It is a lot of dedication to make a relationship work when you are living together and not married, as schedules can conflict and the girl can get stressed out because it is her time of the month.

Of course for her, the advantages could play to her side if it all works out. Then she will get a good idea of how loyal he is and will marry him and hopefully live happily ever after. The cons of the situation are simple – he could take another girl home and cheat on her in her own home, and she finds out while walking through the door.  This is only one possibility though – it doesn’t mean this is likely to happen.

The Good, the Bad, and The Ugly

Some Challenges

Needless to say, it can be very challenging to consider moving in together with your girlfriend or boyfriend, and it will be even harder when finances come into the picture. Does your boyfriend have a steady job, or does your girlfriend do something that you think is very crude for a job, and you want to try and get her a new job? There are so many complications in living with your significant other, but if you can brave storms and figure out a way to live without arguing and fighting all the time, you might possibly be ready for the next step in a relationship.

Here are some tips for how a couple can get along better with moving in together:

It helps if a couple can have counseling every week so they can talk to someone about their situation moving in together and how they are getting along with it. It is important that the couple has an external source of advice and guidance through this time in which they are now discovering each other on a more mature level. You can find many solutions for someone who can respect your privacy as a couple and give you great advice for how to cohabit peacefully as a couple.

Go out on dates as a couple. It is important that when you are living together not to just get complacent with coming home every day and not going out doing things as a couple like you used to. Just because you have a busy work schedule does not mean that you should forget how important it is to spend time together at the park, or just go out and watch a nice movie.

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