How Do You Make A Partner Feel At Home In Your Home

Good morning everyone, today’s post is a lifestyle one, how do you make a partner feel at home in your home. Here is something to think about for all of you who are at this stage of your relationship. So things have gotten serious in your relationship and you want to take the next step and move in together. One of you already owns/rents a place and the other person is moving in with you, it can be a difficult transitioning period for you both.

Not to worry as I have some tips for you to consider to make things go smoothly as possible and also make the person feel at ease and feel like it’s their home too. However, a lot of people can feel like they’re imposing on your space, even if you’ve given them no reason to. How do you make sure that they know you’re committed to living with them or at least having them around?

 

 

Talk about where the relationship is:

This is, by far, the scariest part of the relationship that is in a transitionary phase. However, it’s better to rip off that band-aid as quickly as possible. If they’re spending a lot more time at your place, then talk about whether or not they might want to live with you at some point, with no pressure attached to the question. Whether it comes to moving in, proposing, or something else, these transitionary periods in a relationship should have at least some communication before them. At least then, both of you know that the relationship is going in the right direction and, even if you don’t, you give yourself time to figure it out.

Give them some storage place:

What better way to make someone feel like a space is “ours” rather than “yours” than to donate some much-needed storage space? Once they know that they can start keeping stuff at your place, or a shared place, then it becomes clear that you’re fine with letting them stick around. It helps make the place not only welcoming to them but practical, as well. This might mean donating a drawer or two or setting aside some closet space just for them. It’s a gesture that’s small but signifies the next step in the relationship very well. You’re not just hanging out with each other, now, you’re living around or with each other.

Make the bathroom theirs:

It’s weird, but the bathroom tends to be one of the most “awkward” rooms for people to use as guests. Its use is incredibly intimate, and the owner tends to have a bunch of products in there that claim it as “theirs.” As such, one way to really make a partner feel at home and welcome in your home is to have something that sets out a little part of the bathroom as “theirs.” Having a toothbrush just for them is a cute and minor gesture, but if you have already talked about them moving in or spending more time at yours, you can get them something like personalised bathrobes to really mark the occasion. It can be a present that’s a little silly but rather heartwarming at the same time.

Be ready to compromise:

It’s surprising how many couples get caught off guard by the fact that living together isn’t always a wholly positive experience. Your daily routines, your different levels of cleanliness, and tolerance for clutter can be some contentious issues. Beyond that, deciding on decor can become a series of complex negotiations not unlike debates in the UN. However, it’s important that you learn to compromise with your partner and come to consider their needs. Of course, this only works if they are also willing to compromise. If they’re moving into a place that was previously yours, however, then it’s essential that you make the first compromise, as they might still be figuring out what their boundaries are and might feel a little awkward about trying to challenge the way you live in your own place.

Host together:

At this stage, it’s likely that your partner has met the family and friends you keep in your life. However, hosting them is different from simple meeting them as a couple. You are welcoming them into a space that is shared by both of you and presenting it together. As such, consider hosting a party or dinner party and ensure that both of you take part in the preparations, from cleaning to cooking to making sure you have entertainment. Having your partner play the role of welcoming others to the home makes them see it from the other side of the equation. It’s also a good way to show off some great teamwork.

Communication is, of course, the most important of the above tips. But make sure you speak through your actions and make them feel welcome in the little non-verbal ways that matter a lot. Even if you’re an honest speaker, the impact of a little welcoming gesture can be very deeply felt by your partner.

 

I would love to hear your thoughts on this so please do leave a comment below.

Take care and stay safe everyone!

 

 

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28 Comments

  1. April 7, 2020 / 5:34 pm

    Such good tips- especially as some are sheltering-in-place together during this very strange + scary time. Great post, babe!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

    • Lovely
      Author
      April 8, 2020 / 8:28 am

      Thanks Ashley.

      xoxo
      Lovely

    • Lovely
      Author
      April 8, 2020 / 8:28 am

      Glad you think so Selina.

      xoxo
      Lovely

  2. Geniussr
    April 8, 2020 / 12:38 am

    Thats a wonderful post and ideas… I can’t agree you more on a separate space in bathroom that can make anyone feel at home…thanks Lovely… ❤️

    http://www.geniusenough.com

    • Lovely
      Author
      April 8, 2020 / 8:28 am

      Your welcome Geniussr.

      xoxo
      Lovely

    • Lovely
      Author
      April 8, 2020 / 8:29 am

      Totally agree hun and thank you.

      xoxo
      Lovely

    • Lovely
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      April 9, 2020 / 6:26 am

      Thanks Antonella.

      xoxo
      Lovely

  3. April 8, 2020 / 1:34 pm

    Amazing tips here !
    It’s not easy when you first moved out with your partner.
    And compromising is definitely something you need to have in mind when you first moved out with someone else.
    I think it’s nice to have a little space for everybody in the house even if it’s just a computer setting or something so sometimes it helps for everybody to feel at home or just a bathroom setting like you said.
    xx
    Margot
    https://troughthepasturesofthesky.com

    • Lovely
      Author
      April 9, 2020 / 6:27 am

      Totally agree Margot.

      xoxo
      Lovely

  4. April 8, 2020 / 3:12 pm

    These are great tips. I have a friend who just moved his girlfriend in with him. I know she came with loads of her own things so maybe I need to pass this post on to him. Obviously I have no idea how he’s handling things because I haven’t even been able to go over to meet her (she’s been a long-distance romance for him and he’s always gone to see her).

    Ruth
    https://voguefauxreal.com/2020/03/23

    • Lovely
      Author
      April 9, 2020 / 6:28 am

      Thanks Ruth, hope you friend is settling in with his girlfriend!

      xoxo
      Lovely

  5. April 8, 2020 / 5:11 pm

    Nice tips and pretty photos❤

    • Lovely
      Author
      April 9, 2020 / 6:29 am

      Thank you Kinga.

      xoxo
      Lovely

  6. April 8, 2020 / 9:45 pm

    So funny I have been watching a lot of SITC thanks to stress induced insomnia (with a glass of wine of course) and I just watched the episode where Carrie is leaving things in Big’s bathroom to feel more at home there. This is so true! And love your look here.

    Allie of
    http://www.allienyc.com

    • Lovely
      Author
      April 9, 2020 / 6:29 am

      Thanks Allie, I remember that episode so well!

      xoxo
      Lovely

  7. April 10, 2020 / 3:58 pm

    These are wonderful tips for making partner feel more at home. I agree with what you said- freeing up storage space and providing them with places that will be ‘theirs’ (especially in the bathroom) are the ways you go. It is also good to speak with them about their preferences in terms of colour and decor. Many people are neutral about decor, but if there is something that any of the partners really hate or feel uncomfortable with (for example a particular colour or style), then it makes sense to get rid of it.

    • Lovely
      Author
      April 13, 2020 / 8:02 am

      Thank you so much Ivana.

      xoxo
      Lovely

  8. April 10, 2020 / 7:18 pm

    These are all really helpful tips! Being ready to compromise is very important. And I really like your white top!

    x Kara | http://karascloset.net

    • Lovely
      Author
      April 13, 2020 / 8:03 am

      Thank you Kara.

      xoxo
      Lovely

  9. April 11, 2020 / 1:04 am

    These strange times are throwing up all sorts of pressures that we might not otherwise encounter, and this is definitely one of them. We’re not at that stage in our relationship but these would be great tips if you are. Hope you’re well and having a lovely Easter!

    • Lovely
      Author
      April 13, 2020 / 8:06 am

      Thanks Katerina, hope you are having a wonderful Easter!

      xoxo
      Lovely

    • Lovely
      Author
      April 13, 2020 / 8:09 am

      Thanks Julia.

      xoxo
      Lovely

    • Lovely
      Author
      April 23, 2020 / 7:55 am

      Thanks Nahid.

      xoxo
      Lovely

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