How you can make a smooth transition to moving in and living with your man.
The idea of wrapping your dishes in newspaper and watching your living room drown in a sea of bubble wrap has never been more exciting. You and your man finally took the plunge, signed on the dotted line, and picked up two sets of keys. After ages of trying to squeeze your entire wardrobe into one tiny drawer at his pad, the time has come to merge your most prized possessions into a new place. While it's doubtful your grandmother's china will coordinate with his college beer mug collection, here are five tips to get through the adjustment period and make it "home sweet home". Shape: Top 5 Food Fights Between Couples
1) Moving in with Your Boyfriend? Start from Scratch
To maintain a healthy relationship and avoid a turf war, move into a place that's new to both of you. This way you can start fresh as happy homemakers, instead of forcing him to throw out his old CD collection to make room for your shoes. Obviously Manolos trump Metallica, but he will beg to differ.
2) Talk About Your Finances and Make a Plan
While you're confident he won't take your money and run like someone more fit for an episode of Jerry Springer, if you're not married, it's smart to keep your finances separate. Determine how you will be paying for rent, groceries, gas and cable early on. If you both make similar salaries, you could split bills 50/50. But if one of you makes significantly more, you may want to adjust your bill payments accordingly. Shape: 8 Common Communication Problems In Relationships
3) Know His Bad Habits (and Still Decide to Share a Bathroom)
While he may cook you delicious pancakes on Sunday mornings and find vacuuming oddly therapeutic, even Mr. Perfect has secret bad behaviors you'll be front and center for in your new digs. You never know what to expect when moving in with your boyfriend until you witness the good, the bad and the ugly firsthand. He thinks piling mountains of clothes on a chair is more effective than using a closet, gets toothpaste all over the entire counter with every brushing, leaves tiny hair trimmings on the sink when he shaves, and allows leftovers to rot in the fridge until they grow legs and walk themselves out. No matter what he does that irks you; help him work on fixing those habits you could surely live without. Yelling at him will only remind him why he's glad he doesn't live with his parents anymore. Shape: 25 Super Foods For Better Sex
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