Q: My boyfriend and I just got engaged. We are so excited to move in together, but we have very different styles and neither of us will budge. How can we merge our styles without killing each other first?
- Sarah D.
A: Sharing a household is a big step in any long-term relationship. Open communications and learning to compromise will strengthen your love as well as build a mutually respectful foundation for a rewarding relationship.
There will be plenty to discuss besides the decor. Talk about splitting finances, chores, child care, pet responsibilities, and errands. You may want to talk to a lawyer to work out logistics. Throw a little party to celebrate your commitment before you move in, even if you'll have a formal event later.