So you've taken that step – asked your significant other to move in with you. It may sound exciting but don’t be naive – things are about to change. No matter how well you think you known your partner, you are about to find out a lot more. Toilet seats will stay up and that bathroom drawer that sat empty for so long will soon be crowded with an unimaginable amount of hair products, razors, straighteners and tampons. Below is a list of some lessons you're about to learn from sharing your space with the love of your life.
Don't fight it. Your bachelor pad is about to turn into a beautiful, scented Pinterest board. You both likely won't have the same style and one decorator will emerge the winner.
Chances are you will both have different tastes on what you want to watch. You can either compromise or give each other their own time to watch reality television and wrestling matches.
When you were dating you probably saw each other at their best. But now you will see each other in their sweats with bed hair and bad breath. You will have to share a washroom and won't be able to hide when you have to go do Number 2. This is when it will get real and you will likely realize just how much you love each other.
You will likely find that one likes to hog the blankets and one complains of being two hot. This is nothing a little snuggling and spooning can't cure.
Finances have long been considered the topic of most arguments. And when you move in with someone the bills become both of your responsibility. You may have been used to spending your own money without any explanation but now you have to be upfront and honest. Sharing this responsibility shows you are both in a relationship for the long run and - surprise, surprise – you are adults now!
When you are living with someone the first thing you may notice – obviously – is that they are ALWAYS around. Taking time for yourself is important so make sure you talk with your significant other about some alone time or time hanging out with your friends.
Eating on your own is completely different than eating with a partner. You may have been happy eating cheese strings or popcorn for dinner before the move but now that you are sharing the cooking your meal plan will likely change. You can both experiment with cooking and making meals that are delicious and healthy for both.
If you're living with someone you don't really have that alone time to be depressed by yourself. If you've had a fight with your mother or a bad day at work you can't hide your stress or frustration. Maybe you used to come home, get out the ice cream and cry your sorrows away. But now you have someone who can clearly see you're upset. But this isn't a bad thing. It will help the two of you communicate and learn how to handle each other at their best and worst.
This is important especially if you and your partner have different work schedules. Maybe you work the night shift and have to sleep all day. Or maybe you're just a morning person and she's a night hawk. Either way, you will likely notice your sleep schedules don't match. But you can work through it. If you like to get up early you can always let your partner sleep in and make him or her breakfast in bed.
Chances are you will soon learn that your partner has some VERY annoying habits that drive you crazy. Leaving dirty laundry on the floor. Leaving the peanut butter jar open on the counter. Leaving empty coffee cups on the counter. Cracking knuckles. Chewing food too loudly. Be prepared, the list goes on and on…….