UNDER THE SAME ROOF?
I made a trip to London last week during fallas holiday and it was a great experience!
Our hotel was near Russell Square, at the entrance to the tube there was man handing out free papers for the people (The London paper).
I have found an enjoyable article to discuss about. It goes as follows:
Article from: www.thelondonpaper.com/love
Under the same roof
Tuesday March 17, 2009
By Jessica Fellow
Couples can move in together to save money—but at a cost says Jessica Fellowes
First it gets your cash, then it starts taking your living space. If the credit crunch means you are starting to see a lot more of your girlfriend or boyfriend, and not in a good way, then you are not the only one.
In a recession, even love has to downsize. Whether you have lost your job or are in fear of a `restructure´, it can be tempting to ask your other half if you should halve your rents by living together – or, if you´ve already taken the plunge, moving to a smaller place.
But can this really be a solution? Halved bills may mean double your cash, but that´s no good if you have no room in which to enjoy it.
One in five couples feel “ finantially shackled together”, according to a survey by building society Skipton.
Writer Georgina Mellville, 33, and her partner, events organiser Will Bean, 29, gave up their house in Essex at the end of last year. Now they live in a tiny one-bedroom flat nearer work in west London. “If we felt cramped in our house we could always retreat to different rooms to have a bit of space”, says Georgina. “But now there is no privacy unless one of us goes out”.
“Every time I open a cupboard something falls out, which makes me want to scream. There is no room to hide and being so boxed in is eating away at any romance.”
Meanwhile, when space is at a premium, you need to organise your own zones too.
Interior designer Mhairi Coyle recommends couples create ”his” and “hers” areas. “You must each have well-organised, sepatare storage. Chuck out as much as you can. Mirrors that face windows can add light to a room, as can pale colours.
“ Have different settings for lighting: bright lights for food preparation and low-lights for entertaining. Prioritise the bedroom, too. Make it clutter-free”.
Five ways to make it work
- Remember to talk: Don´t forget to have proper chats together regularly.
- Create your own mystery: Shut the bathroom door to ‘transform’ for your evening date.
- Go out separately: It mantains the sense you have your own life.
- Turn the telly off: A TV in a small place can take over- switch it off.
- Dejunk your home: Store or chuck anything not in regular use.
What would you do if your couple asked you to live together in order to save money?
What would you do to preserve your intimity?
Would you prefer to live with friends and mantain your own space or live with your partner?
Do you think these circumstances only happen in huge cities like London?
Have you ever lived a situation like this?