Sharing a living space with your partner can take your relationship in an exciting new direction. Once you've completed all the stressful to-do items like securing a place and moving your stuff, making your new apartment feel like home is the next step. But before you start decorating, take a moment to acknowledge the significance of this next chapter. "[By moving in together], you are signaling to your partner that you love and care for them and that you think you have a future together," licensed clinical psychotherapist Dr. LeslieBeth Wish previously told Elite Daily. "In a best-case scenario, you're getting closer as a couple, and realizing this is the best choice of mate for your future."
Once you've taken a moment to bask in the bliss of all of the wonderful things moving in with a partner signifies, it's time to pop the champagne and start brainstorming ways to turn your partner's embarrassing baby photos into some epic wall art. Since you and your SO will be spending a significant amount of time in this new space, it should be welcoming, comfortable, and reflect both of your personalities. Fortunately, transforming your apartment into the perfect refuge can be a satisfying process, and the pay-off of coming home to a cozy sanctuary is so worth it.
1. Decorate Together
Decorating together is a great way to practice compromising on things you don't agree on. And if you're on a tight budget, don't feel like you have to buy everything brand new. Bookshelves, desks, dressers, and bed frames can all be bought second-hand.
2. Hang Photos Of Family And Friends
Once you've decided on how to decorate the space, adding a personal touch is key. Hanging photos of family and friends can instantly make an apartment feel homier.
3. Display Mementos From Your Childhood
Some people associate feelings of comfort and safety with objects from their childhood. This doesn't mean you need an entire display case devoted to your Beanie Babies collection, but a framed sports jersey or a few of your favorite stuffed animals can add a nostalgic flair to your living space.
4. Find Your Favorite Scents
Don't underestimate the role scents can play in giving your new home character. Incense, scented candles, and fragrance diffusers are all great ways to experiment with different fragrances. If you have multiple rooms, it can also be fun to play with having different scents in each one. Spicy and invigorating scents are perfect for an at-home office, while something more mellow and relaxing is ideal for a living space or bedroom.
5. Buy Some Plants
Incorporating a few houseplants into your feng shui is always a good idea. Even if you don't have a green thumb, there are plenty of low-maintenance plants that can breathe life into a dreary kitchen, or spruce up an empty corner of the hallway.
6. Have A Housewarming Party
After you and your partner have settled in, hosting a housewarming party is next on the agenda. Beyond filling your space with practical things, making memories in a new living space is the perfect way to amp up the good vibes.
7. Make Your First Date-Night At Home Feel Extra Special
Since moving in together is such a big milestone, it's important to set aside some quality time as a couple to enjoy it. Turning your first date-night at home into a mini-celebration is such a sweet way to spend an evening. Cook something special in your new kitchen, listen to your favorite playlists, slow dance, take a bath together, surprise your partner with flowers, or anything else to get the romantic energy flowing.
Remember, getting settled after a move doesn't happen overnight, so don't stress if it takes a while to feel fully at home. Designing, furnishing, and personalizing an apartment is a process, but it doesn't have to be stressful. Sharing the responsibilities can turn creating a homey environment into fun project that can bring you closer together as a couple.