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The Retirement Boom by Catherine Allen

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CHAPTER 7Renegotiating Life at Home

I married you for life, not lunch, but I do love you.

—Anonymous

If you have a spouse or partner or significant other with whom you live, this is for you. That person is a crucial part of the new life you are planning. Simply put, you will be sharing it. And you already know how important it is for things to go right at home, especially in times of change. You both need to be happy, but what happens when you are competing for the same space or gritting your teeth over a habit that is magnified by being together 24/7? This chapter is designed to flag some of the issues that can arise when one, or both, parties “retire,” including the situation when one person is already retired or has been home full-time. Expectations ...

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