Think you’re ready to shack up with your other half? Think they’re ready to take the big step too?
Whether you’ve been together 5 months or 5 years, moving in together is kind of a big deal. Asking your partner if they’d like to move in can be almost as nerve-wracking as asking them to marry you – or for the last slice of pizza.
Follow these tips to ask your partner to move in with you without chasing them the other way.
Be Sure You’re Ready
Before you suss out whether your partner is keen to share an address, make sure you’re ready to take the step yourself. Whether you live with your parents, by yourself, or with friends, moving in with your partner is going to take a bit of adjusting.
You won’t be able to simply close your bedroom door to hide those clothes on the floor. Your favourite cereal won’t be strictly yours only. Your partner will often be within earshot of any… unsavoury bodily noises.
Living under one roof will mean compromising on those little luxuries you could enjoy on your own. Are you ready to share Netflix privileges?
Do It for the Right Reasons
Moving in with your boyfriend or girlfriend takes a lot of commitment, and it shouldn’t be taken lightly. Consider why you want to live together. Is it to save on rent and bills? Is it to save your relationship? Or maybe it’s because you spend most nights at each other’s place anyway?
If you answered yes to any of the above, you might want to reconsider your reasons.
Saving on rent might be a bonus of living together, but it shouldn’t be the sole reason to make the big move.
Ease Them Into It
Try taking some baby steps before jumping right in and asking. Start by having more frequent sleepovers, taking turns cooking for each other, and clearing a drawer or two for some of their stuff.
After a few weeks of this, your partner will (hopefully) be convinced that living together could be a great idea. They might even beat you to popping the question!
Invite your partner to sleep over more often to ease them into the idea of living together.
Make It Special
You’ll want to make your moving-in proposal a little more special than when you ask what they feel like from Uber Eats.
If your partner is into romance, make it memorable by asking over a candlelit dinner or picnic. You could even place your spare key in a box instead of a ring. If your partner isn’t into mushy stuff, you could always just write it on a cake in icing. Everybody loves cake.
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