Living the single life is all well and good until the time comes for the lady in your life to move in with you. Will she really want to make a home for herself in amongst all your gadgets and tech devices? We didn’t think so.
However, this doesn’t mean that a family home has to be full of frills and ruffles and expensive LSA vases on every available surface, either.
Instead, the perfect couple’s home is all about compromise. When you first move in with someone new, you will need to accommodate each other; finding room for each other’s furniture, belongings, and personal effects. No two people are exactly the same, so the chances are that you will both have different hobbies and interests, requiring different equipment and supplies. This needn’t be a problem, as long as you respect each other and ensure that you are sharing the available space equally.
If you are buying or renting a new home together, this process is easier as you will both be packing up and starting afresh. However, if one partner is moving into the other’s home, this is where the potential for inequality arises.
Make sure that you are doing things fairly by ensuring there is enough room for your partner’s belongings – especially if you have a particularly small home. If you are struggling for space, an excellent way to save room is by getting rid of any duplicate items the two of you now have. You have two coffee tables? Sell one. Found yourselves with a spare microwave? Give one to a friend. It’s a quick and easy solution that will leave you with more space for the things that really matter.
For the tech whizz, parting with gadgets and gizmos to save space can understandably prove too hard to bear. Luckily, there are some easy solutions to ensure that you get the best of both worlds when your partner moves in.
When you live alone, you won’t think anything of keeping all your gadgets and gaming equipment wherever you want – after all, it’s your house! However, your new housemate might not take too kindly to you chatting away to your friends online as you play your favourite multiplayer while she’s trying to binge-watch her latest Netflix obsession.
Working on Compromise
In this situation, a sensible compromise is in order. If your house has a spare bedroom, it might be worth transforming this space into your very own games room. Move your computer desk, PC and all your gaming equipment in and keep the living room clear of geeky gadgets.
Then, the living room can be used as space where you can both relax; the central hub of your home together. Make sure to incorporate plenty of personal effects, both yours and hers, as reminders and mementoes of your lives together. That beautiful bouquet of flowers you bought her? She can display them in one of her favourite LSA vases in pride of place on the mantelpiece, right next to your prized collection of action figures.
However, this compromise shouldn’t just extend to the familiar environment of the living room. Stock your LSA glassware securely in the kitchen cupboards, ready to spring into action when you host that long-awaited housewarming party!