Moving in with a man is a rite of passage for a gal. Shacking up means the relationship is serious; it may even lead to marriage. That’s why it’s such a big decision and one that I do not take lightly.
A lot changes when living with the opposite sex. Your space is no longer just yours. Your bills are now split (a relief if you live in New York City). Money management and cleanliness, or lack there of, must be discussed. You may even have to share the remote control.
That last sacrifice may hurt my heart the most.
This got me to thinking about the things I won’t be able to do when playing house. I rather not live with regrets, so I will share them with you. Here are 6 things to do before you move in with your boyfriend.
1. Binge-watch reality TV
Whether you love The Real Housewives or you can’t get enough of those two-hour long Bachelor episodes, you should marathon-watch your favorite reality television show. Why? ’Cause you won’t be watching them live, if at all, when he moves in. Unless you have a TV in the living room and another in the bedroom (not recommended for intimacy), your solo-TV-watch-all-the-crap-you-want days are over. Get it in before he moves in!
2. Take a trip with the girls
Living with a man means that your relationship time trumps your girl time. And that’s OK. It just means you’re in a stable and loving partnership. So, why not live it up with one last hoorah with your chicas? Take a trip to Atlantic City for the weekend or head to Aruba for a week like I did with my friend before she got married. It may be the last time you spend a lot of time with them.
3. Have a Sex and the City-inspired night in
Or whatever show or characters you and your friends have obsessed over. Regardless, gather your friends and sip on drinks while dishing on life. Once he is your bedroom buddy, their visits will decrease, and so will your female-only fiestas.
4. Hang up all your underwear
I grew up very old school Dominican. That means that Mami taught me to wash my underwear by hand and hang it up to dry. When you live with a man, you can’t hang your panties over the shower rod or atop the heater in your bedroom. How uncouth! And not very sexy. Drape your undies like curtains now, ladies!
5. Decorate your place as you like
Do you love those fluffy pillows? Add extras to your love seat. Addicted to those baby portraits? Hang up another on the mantel. Make the place you have now truly yours. When you live with a man, you’ll have to compromise on decor. That means one less chubby baby on the wall.
6. Listen to your music loud and proud
He may not be into your karaoke version of “I Will Survive,” so sing it loud and proud when living on your own. That goes for any man-hating songs. Scream “I’m a bitch, I’m a lover!” at the top of your lungs before he comes knocking on your door, bags all packed.
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