5 Doubts You Might Have After Moving In Together — And How to Deal With Them
You and your significant other have decided to move in together. You’re picking out a new sofa, planning the perfect housewarming party, and dreaming of how amazing it will be to cook breakfast together every Saturday morning. In the weeks after the move-in, it’s likely to feel pretty idyllic. You’re awash in the honeymoon period, so thrilled to be sharing a home that nothing can shake you. But then things get a little dicey.
A few weeks or months after you’ve moved in together, you may start to question things. And that’s perfectly normal. You’ve just taken a major step in your relationship, and growing pains are totally real, so don’t let your doubts derail your future plans with your S.O. Experts say these five doubts are especially common. Here’s how to deal.
1. Is our relationship progressing at the “right” pace? “After moving in together, many couples notice they have doubts about the progression of their relationship,” licensed psychotherapist Christine Scott-Hudson says. “Each partner may experience uncertainty about their own or their partner’s timing and may suffer if they relate their partner’s faster pace to being pushed or their partner’s slower pace to feeling unappreciated or undervalued.” Once you’re sharing a space with your S.O. 24/7, you may be more sensitive than ever to the fact that you’re not on the same page about things like engagement, in-laws, children, and more. If you’re experiencing doubt about how — and how quickly — your relationship is moving forward, start talking about it with bae ASAP. See if you can recalibrate your expectations and open up communication.
2. How should we be handling finances? There are plenty of romantic elements about moving in with a partner, but money is also at play… and that’s not so romantic. If you and your significant other didn’t have an extensive conversation about finances before the move-in actually happened, you may be finding that your new roomie has financial habits that make you feel uncomfortable now that you’re sharing bills. Certified mental health professional and relationship expert from Maple Holistics Adina Mahalli suggests seeking outside help when possible for this kind of issue. Sign up for a financial management class together to help put those doubts at ease. If that’s not doable for you, try setting up a very clear budget so you can get back on the same page.
3. Can I handle these quirks full-time? In the glow of a new relationship, your sweetie’s idiosyncrasies may seem more cute than annoying. But when you’re dealing with them front and center, day in and day out? Maybe not so much. “Once you move in together, your rose-colored glasses start to wear off and seemingly endearing traits become more irritating and harder to overlook,” DatingScout dating expert Celia Schweyer notes. “Living together means you have to experience real life with your partner.” Navigating those real-life annoyances while keeping your relationship strong requires communication and compromise, Schweyer says. Speak up (respectfully) about the habits that bother you, and come to the table with suggestions that will allow you and your partner to live in harmony without changing who you are. It’s better than bottling up your frustration and becoming resentful.
4. What if we start to feel like roommates? If, after living together for a while, you and your S.O. start to feel less like romantic partners and more like, well, roomies, don’t panic. It happens. But it may create some doubt. Matchmaker, relationship expert, and Platinum Poire founder Rori Sassoon tells us that roommate syndrome can be solved by putting in some serious mutual work. Both of you will need to step up your game, communicate, and figure out how to get the dynamic back on track.
5. What if my partner starts to hate my quirks? Just as you might suddenly doubt your relationship because your significant other’s quirks are on display full-time, you may start to get insecure about how they perceive your quirks. “You will become more relaxed in your own home and less willing or able to keep up a show,” marriage coach and relationship expert Lesli Doares says. “This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it can come as a surprise.” Be open-minded about hearing your partner’s feedback and don’t shy away from trying to improve on some of the habits that cause issues.
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