Moving in with your girlfriend is a huge deal. In life-change terms, it’s a bigger transition than getting married. Though you don’t get the recognition from your family and friends that comes with tying the knot, you’re going through a huge day-to-day shift when you move in with a woman.
We’re all for cohabitation before marriage, and there are plenty of reasons why shacking up with your girlfriend is a great idea. You create a home together. You develop an ad hoc cuisine that is native to only the two of you. (You’ll know something special has happened when you walk into the kitchen and she’s making that cottage-cheese-and-pickles mix you’ve been dipping Triscuits into since you were seven — and she’s making it for herself.) Read more…
What the rest of us call “cohabitation,” or in some circles “living in sin,” the Palin family calls a “trial marriage.”
That’s exactly what abstinence-promoter Bristol Palin and her boyfriend, 21-year-old Gino Paoletti, are doing in a home she purchased in Wasilla. “Bristol and Gino are crazy about each other,” a source told The National Enquirer. “They’ve talked about getting married, but they think it’s a good idea to get a feel for living together before making it official.” They’ll be sleeping in separate bedrooms, I trust? Keep reading »
Of all the aspects that were difficult about my recent breakup from my boyfriend of two years, the hardest was moving out of the apartment that we shared together. You can verbally say all kinds of things: we’re broken up, we’re on a break, we’re seeing other people, whatever. Those words might change from day to day. But pulling your sundresses off the closet hangers feels final. Same goes for taking your face wash out of the shower. I built a life, a relationship, with someone and then all of a sudden, it was just my things in an apartment that was now his. Keep reading »
So, that’s it. You’ve decided to move in together. You’re excited, in love, and ready to go for it. People are warning you that it’s a big deal, but you are different and so is your relationship. Is it such a big deal, though? Yes. After all, it’s like marriage without the standup mixer and the tax break. Keep reading »
While our government tries to figure out how to get us out of the recession, the Onion News Network “reports” on an option that could solve our sticky economic sitch: Why don’t couples who live in separate apartments move in together? As one girlfriend supporting this course of action says, “In a recession, it just doesn’t make any sense for two people who say they love each other to pay separate rents.” Meanwhile, the boyfriends fear they’ll lose any last semblance of independence. Keep reading »
On last night’s episode of Men In Trees (Don’t laugh. I had nothing else to do.) the characters Marin (the city girl who moved to Alaska) and Jack (the hot Alaskan outdoors-man) decide to move in together. But it’s not easy, especially when you have two houses to choose from! (I’m not bitter. I love my one-room apartment and just can’t imagine having two houses to choose from. And they’re keeping both of them! Talk about excess. I thought people in Alaska were supposed to be into saving the environment.) They pick hers, mostly because he used to live with someone else in his house. Then, they have to merge their belongings. He doesn’t like her curtains, and the other Alaskan guys are like, “Girls love scented candles and those things will asphyxiate you.” Meanwhile, Marin doesn’t want him to keep his toolbox inside the house. Eventually, they come up with a scheme in which one of them is the “captain” of every room. Marin picks the bedroom, Jack gets the living room, and then Marin gets the rest of the house.
Would this whole “captain” business work outside a TV show? Personally, I think it makes the place look a little disjointed. Instead, shouldn’t two people work together to create a new, hybrid style that is even better than they’re individual styles? Like, if he has a really great flat-screen TV and a genius coffee table, and I have this amazing rolling bar cart (I do), couldn’t all three look good in the living room? Keep reading »