How to Live Together as a Couple

You love your significant other, and you know they love you, but that doesn’t mean that little things about living with them don’t get under your skin from time to time.  Maybe the way they hang their bathroom towel irritates you, maybe you wish you could have a little privacy from time to time, or maybe the issue is that you wish you had more time to spend a romantic evening with them.  Sorting out these issues can require some effort, so here are a few tips on how to live more harmoniously with your significant other…

  • Don’t compromise on your house. When house hunting, choose a home that gives you what you want, has all the functionalities that you need, and fits within your monthly budget. Sometimes couples compromise too much when they look at houses and end up buying something that’s cheaper, but not what they really wanted. Ultimately, they end up being unhappy with their own house and have arguments about it in the future.  Determine what you want and need in a house and keep looking until you find it.
  • Respect each other’s privacy. Yes, married couples should want to spend time together, but that doesn’t mean they have to share everything and sacrifice their individual “alone time”.  Having some privacy and separateness will give each person room to enjoy personal hobbies like reading, writing stories, photography, exercise, video games, etc.
  • Make your bedroom romantic. Married couples sometimes need to proactively increase the romance in their lives in order to rekindle their love. The bedroom is a great place to start, so choosing a comfortable bed, designing a lovely interior, and creating a calming ambiance will help set the tone.
  • Make space for two in the bathroom. Women have their own special regimen that includes putting on makeup, exfoliating and caring for their skin, and taking care of their hair. But, men have their own needs as well.   For that reason, it is important to have his & her sinks and mirrors, if possible, so that each person can take care of his or her needs without feeling rushed or cramped.
  • Create a room for two. The bedroom should not be the only place married couples enjoy together. There should also be places within the home where two people can spend time together during the day to enjoy hobbies, engage in activities, and simply just talk and hang out.  Create a leisure room or arrange furniture on your patio or porch to create a special area for just the two of you.
  • Help each other.  When couples help each other, they create shared experiences that help strengthen their relationship even further.

Heather & Alan Davis
Oklahoma City Realtors


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