How to Make an Apartment Comfortable for Both Partners
If you’re in a relationship and looking to move in together, it’s important to make sure your apartment is comfortable for both of you. But how do you go about doing this? Well, it’s not as hard as you might think! In fact, with the right approach, even couples who don’t have a lot in common will live happily ever-after in their downtown high rise condos for instance. Here are some simple tips on how you can achieve just that.
Acknowledge Each Other’s Need for Space
It’s important to remember that you both have different needs and wants, so it’s good to acknowledge these things to avoid any hurt feelings or misunderstandings later on. For example, if your partner needs more time alone and suggests that you create a private space for such purposes, just understand them and help them achieve more alone time.
Also, plan ahead if one of you works from home. Help your partner achieve their work-from-home goals by providing a quiet, enabling environment for them. If you both work from home, keep things efficient and organized by having separate desks or filing cabinets.
Look At the Common Areas in Fresh Ways
You’re not just going to be living in the same space, you’ll also share it with your partner. This means that you have to think about what each of you wants from this shared space, and how it can help improve your relationship.
If your partner wants an all-white color scheme while you like to have nature in the house, sit down and agree on how to go about it. You may settle on painting the walls with a color both of you like, or you could do the white color and add plants – at least each of you will get something they love. And don’t forget that everything changes over time – maybe when you were younger your apartment had too many sports wallpapers because you didn’t know any better, but now your tastes have changed and you have to adopt something that’s stylish for you and your partner.
Pick a Decorating Style You Both Like
Picking decor styles you both like is a great way to make your living space more comfortable. Don’t be afraid to mix styles, but do so in moderation. You don’t want the space to look cluttered or unbalanced, and it’s important for your partner to feel comfortable with what they are seeing—even if it means changing things up from time to time. If you’re not sure where something should go, make it a habit to take pictures on your phone before buying anything to avoid buying something your partner doesn’t like.
Think About Pets or Kids
Pets and kids are often a big part of any relationship, so it’s important to figure out how you’ll handle them if the two of you decide to start a family. Keep in mind that the comfort of your kids and pets also adds to the comfort of both of you. If you plan on having kids in the future, it’s also important to consider what kind of space will be best for them. Do you want one room that serves as both a bedroom and a nursery? Or would having separate bedrooms with shared bathrooms be better?
Talk Openly About Your Favorite Things
As with any other relationship, being able to talk openly and honestly with your partner is important. It’s also a great way to make the apartment you share more comfortable for both of you. Talk about what you like to do; what kind of music do you like? What books are most interesting for when hanging out together at home or on vacation? Also include in these conversations anything that might make each other uncomfortable—if it’s something that might cause conflict (like politics), be up front about it so there aren’t any surprises down the road.
Share Household Tasks Fairly
Divide chores equally and make sure you don’t do too much at once. If one of you doesn’t feel like doing a particular task, that should be okay—but it’s important that the two of you work together on other tasks and share them fairly. Consider what kind of housework appeals to each of you; there may be something you enjoy doing more than your partner and can easily help accomplish it anytime. Finally, ensure the tasks you’re allocated get done to avoid overworking your partner.
It’s important to remember that these tips can apply to any relationship, whether it’s with a romantic partner or a family member. You might think that your apartment is small and cozy enough already, but by incorporating your partner’s interests into the space and talking openly about them, you’ll both be able to feel more comfortable in your shared living space. We hope this article has inspired you to make some changes in your own space so that everything feels just right.