The 7 Stages You Go Through When Moving in With a Partner
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The 7 Stages You Go Through When Moving in With a Partner

You’ve found your perfect match and you’re in love. Now, you can’t stop fantasizing about what it would be like to live together. In your daydreams, you channel Beyoncé with high heels and an impeccably decorated kitchen, or entire Sundays spent YouTube stalking and snuggling. Still, when it comes to cohabitation, it’s not all cupcakes and kisses. The reality of shacking up with your boo is actually kind of stressful.

In fact, these seven stages of move-in grief might start to look VERY familiar!

1. Disbelief

Combining your shared stuff leads to some pretty frightful realizations. How many Bob Marley posters does a person NEED?

2. Denial

You’re moving from a multi-bedroom to a studio. No big deal, you can fit all your cool furniture here for sure. You’ll just have to get a little creative. There’s totally room for all your combined books… it’s not a big deal that we have to crawl over the foosball table to get them. It’ll be fun! Right? RIGHT?

3. Bargaining

Your boo can keep the extensive Star Wars action figure collection if you can keep your above-bed Zefron poster. Nobody puts Zefron in the corner. NO ONE!

4. Guilt

You haven’t been to your friend’s last three birthday parties and have faked “work things” every time she’s invited you to see her improv troop, but she DOES have a van. Why can’t birds move your stuff for you like in all the Disney movies? Buy your pal pizza and beer and vow to definitely hang with her another time.

5. Anger

OMG WHY DID YOU DO THIS??? WHY DIDN’T YOU JUST STAY LIVING WITH YOUR ROOMMATES? MAYBE THEY’D TAKE YOU BACK AND YOU COULD WATCH MOVIES AND IT’D BE JUST LIKE OLD TIMES. OR JUST SAY SCREW IT AND MOVE BACK IN WITH YOUR MOM. SHE DOESN’T CHARGE RENT AND BUYS THE EXPENSIVE YOGURT. WHYYYYYYYYYYYYY??????

6. Depression

You have wayy too much stuff. It’ll never fit in that tiny apartment. Maybe if you slither to the ground in a fetal position and close your eyes you’ll wake up from this stress dream and be moved in already. MORE WINE PLZ!!!

7. Hope + Acceptance

Hey look at that! All your stuff is out of your old house. It’s in boxes on the floor at your new place and your honey is more than down to help unpack. Sure, you had to toss some stuff along the way, but now you guys have a place that looks like it belongs to both of you. What do you say we blow some of this security deposit skrilla on some pizza and get straight to the snuggling?

What tips do you have for living with your SO? Share with us in the comments below.