So now that you’re married you finally get to experience how the other half truly lives. Last night was a pair of black socks and boxers from the jump shot that didn’t quite make it into the basket. This morning open bottles of pome and tubes of lipstick line the sink making it almost impossible to even find the toothbrush you need. It’s happened. You’re married and you now get to share a bathroom. What seemed cute before might now start to raise a few eyebrows in irritation from your newlywed. That means now might be a really good time to think about newlywed tips for sharing the bathroom. Here’s four good tips that will keep your newlywed bliss going a bit longer.
Tip 1. Prepare for the Long Haul. Don’t make the mistake of losing your marbles with your new other half. Both of you have been living just the way you wanted to and now you have to consider the effects of what your sloppy (or ridiculously retentive) side has on your partner. Noone changes overnight. Old habits die hard so make sure you understand that as quick as it might be for you to tell your partner something is bothering you it’s going to be a long haul getting that person to adjust to your requests.
Tip 2. Don’t be a hot water hog. Your first few days together will show you how much time the hot water for the shower or bath will last and how much time it will take to get it back for your wedded bliss. Be water compassionate and shower half the time it takes for the hot water to ebb or plan to take a nice long one 45 minutes before you think your partner plans to.
Tip 3. Stash It. Don’t leave stuff that you use out on the counter. Noone wants to pick up someone else’s mess. It takes just as long to put your stuff away as it did to get it out. When you’re done your toiletries take a second to stash them back.
Tip 4. Chat it Out Later. If you expect to have your partner understand your bathroom etiquette requirements simply by using “common sense”, think again. You’re both different so you have to chat it out. Your newlywed has spent however many years before you engaging in their own common sense bathroom etiquette and it might not be the same as yours. If you’ve just put your hand into a gob of pome left on the sink or had to call for help because there’s no more paper left on the roll it might not be the best time to discuss the situation. Take a good half hour before you decide to chat it out so you can discuss it nicely.
There’s changes you’re going to have to deal with now that you’re loving (and living) together. Putting these newlywed tips for sharing the bathroom into action can make that change a lot easier on both of you.