So, I’m about to take the great leap and move in with my girlfriend (it’s called the great leap right?). No more leaving month old sheets on the bed, or eating sandwiches over the sink. Darn.
Honestly, each of us having our own place was more of a hassle than useful. Claire and I have seen each other every day for almost a year straight, and have essentially been living together since August. Living together makes sense, and this way we don’t have to maintain (clean, buy groceries, pay rent for) two apartments.
Her apartment is the bigger (and nicer) one so I am moving in there. It’s going to be a pain moving the furniture I just moved here, to her place, but it’s worth it. I think she’d prefer that I got rid of all of my stuff, and just used hers. I’ve been prepping her for my arrival by slowly moving my things to her place. First it was my clothes, then my kitchen supplies, but now that I have just over a week to move out, the real test begins. It’s time to move the weight bench, and mountain chair.
You have to remember, when you’re moving in together, you aren’t just merging two lives, schedules, and adjusting to the other’s sleeping habits, you’re also merging all of your stuff. If you’ve graduated college, had an apartment before, and have done the “real adult” thing for a while, it’s likely you both will have a whole lot of stuff to merge. After spending two months preparing for your move-out and that whole deal, you now get to figure out who’s dishes you’re going to keep in the kitchen, and where you will store your bike.
Answer: The bike has to be kept outside, but we are using my dishes.
It helps to not have a lot of stuff, and of course, if your partner has great taste everything is slightly easier. Luckily for me, she does. While I am still mostly the one fitting my stuff in-between hers where there is room, at least her stuff is beautiful. You usually have to pay to live in a house as curated as this.
Best advice I’ve received about moving in with someone is learn to compromise, but don’t let her get rid of your mountain chair. Everything else will take care of itself.