75 Things You Learn When You Move in with Your Boyfriend

This July, after seven days of packing, six round trips, four flights of stairs…and a monsoon later, we officially moved into our new apartment — as a couple.

IMG_2310We traded in our cozy nest on the *west siiiiiiide* for the buzzing heart of downtown Phoenix. I can’t believe that it’s already been almost 6 months.

” Making my way downtown, walking fast, faces pass, and I’m homebound ” 

*Doo doo doo doo doo doo doo*

If you’ve made it this far without strangling him, choking him, or clipping off his grapes (if you know what I mean), then congratulations! You two have passed one of many tests as a couple.

For those of you who may not be this far along in the move-in-with-your-bae process, you’re gonna want to jot these down. For those of you who have passed this threshold, sit back and enjoy a few throwbacks.

75 things you learn when you move in with your boyfriend 


Before we dive in, let me tell you somethi–

Yo Taylor, I’m really happy for you, Imma let you finish but Beyonce had one of the best videos of all time! 

…as I was saying before we get to the good stuff, it’s helpful to get a quick idea of my situation before the big move — so you know, that I know, what I’m talking about.


  • I moved to PHX in 2012 for college
  • Trei and I met roughly 6-8 weeks later
  • We started dating in 2015 *queue the heart eye emojis*
  • I had my first place – to myself – in 2016
    • Obviously, he stayed with me quite a bit and we had sleepovers, but nothing too official. Girl, you know what I’m sayin’.

*present day*

Okay. So now you know I’m a legit boyfriend-move-in expert. Here we go.


01. For Christ sake, put the seat down…

02. Beard hair. BEARD. HAIR. EVERYWHERE.

03. Seriously, can you turn it down?

04. If you ask how you look in that dress, you’ll get an honest opinion.

05. You realize that he has some really weird habits.

06. And so do you…

07. You have a memorized response to the “what’s next” interrogation from your family.

08. You have two completely different ideas of what it means to “separate” laundry.

09. He has three stages of dirtiness of this said laundry.

10. When you have a fight, there’s nowhere to go.

11. So naturally, you become a professional door slammer.

12. But you forgive him…eventually.

13. Eventually, you learn to pick your battles.

14. You may unlock the level of comfort where you go you-know-what with the door open.

15. No matter how much time you spend at home with him, you still miss him when he’s gone.

16. He will have no shame telling you which of your chick flicks that he hates.

17. And he’ll never admit when he likes one of them.

18. You look forward to coming home and looking ugly together.

19. You learn to appreciate the little things.

20. You start to sound like the old married couple when you choose sleep over sex.

21. Your clothes are your clothes…and his clothes are yours too.

22. Grocery shopping is either a chore or an adventure — there’s literally no in between.

23. One of you likes to forget to turn the lights off. One of you likes it 65 degrees. It’s called compromise.

24. “Babe, you wore that shirt yesterday…and the day before that.”

25. The “sniff test”.

26. You learn to sleep through the thunder and lightning — I mean, his snoring.

27. Your money is OUR money.

28. Just because you made it with love doesn’t mean that it’ll taste good. It’s the thought that counts.

29. He’ll accept the fact that you claim 90% of the bed.

30. And the blankets.

31. Annnnnd the pillows.

32. Your parents will care that you live together. His won’t.

33. You know EXACTLY where his buttons are. Push them or don’t. You decide. Just know that you’ll be waking up to him in the morning.

34. He’s going to use your body wash so make sure that it smells delicious.

35. His razor works waaaaay better than yours.

36. You don’t feel pressure to shave all the time.

37. Farting becomes hilarious, for both of you.

38. But you have a can of air freshener handy when he takes things a little too far.

39. He no longer bugs you about how long you take to get ready because he’s already figured out how to pass the time.

40. Falling asleep together on the couch counts as date night.

41. You know exactly which snacks to stash so he doesn’t take the last one.

42. But if you’ve got a keeper, he’ll give you the last bite.

43. You will eat protein with literally every meal. I repeat. Every. Single. One.

44. Boys stink. Feet, hair, behind the ears — they just do.

45. You do stuff that you have no idea that’s annoying.

46. Netflix and chill literally means Netflix and chill.

47. You pop each other’s pimples.

48. You accidentally use his toothbrush.

49. His deodorant smells better than yours.

50. You have no shame leaving your not-so-sexy-but-totally-necessary things in plain sight.

51. You accummulate a TON of unneccessary shit.

52. You see what he’s really made of.

53. If you need something, you have to ask him 2-3 times.

54. Wet towels on the floor (like, why?).

55. Splitting the cost of things is ahhhhhmazing.

56. But buying for two kinda sucks.

57. You learn to participate in his weird interests.

58. And you pick up on each other’s slang.

59. You have at least one junk drawer.

60. No matter how clean he thinks the toilet is, it will never be as clean as if you’d done it yourself.

61. You realize that you’re a team. Which means sometimes you have to give more than just 50%.

62. “Babe have you seen my ______?!”.

63. Talking about money starts to feel a little less awkward.

64. Watching an episode without him is the equivalent of cheating on him.

65. You’re a package deal.

66. Sitting in silence is actually pretty nice.

67. Running errands together is actually really f*cking fun.

68. He’s like a built-in furnace.

69. He doesn’t really give a crap about the expensive vase on the coffee table.

70. He acts like it’s the end of the world when he’s sick.

71. And he suddenly feels like he went to med school when you’re sick.

72. He will never understand why you have so much shit on the bathroom sink.

73. He’ll ask you about your day but he’ll only listen for the first 2 minutes.

74. His friends become your friends.

75. Staying at home becomes almost as fun as going out.

But most importantly: You’ll realize that you have a built-in best friend to do life with.

What are some things that you learned when you moved in with bae? Drop them in the comments!

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20 Comments Add yours

  1. Sarah Doudna says:

    Yep, I remember some of this stuff. Very funny! And true. I was the sock finder. “Babe, where are my…?” They were under the bed. Always.

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    1. Exactly! We all understand the pain. Cohabitation is quite the adventure wouldn’t you say?

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  2. Kazz818 says:

    This was so good to read! Funny, relatable and for the most part my relationship to a T haha!
    Being his alarm clock is another point haha

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    1. Thank you! I’m so glad that you enjoyed it. Ah, that is a good one. Ironically though, Trei, my boyfriend is MY alarm clock. Without him, I could sleep through an earthquake! Thank goodness for BFs.

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      1. Kazz818 says:

        Ah yes! Works both ways 😂 I look forward to your next post Paige, I’m loving it! 🙂

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      2. You’re too kind! I’m drafting a post this evening so keep your eyes peeled 🙂

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  3. Claire says:

    Fantastic list! All of them are dead on – except it being fun running errands together – not so with my husband. Thanks for a great read!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you so much for reading! We’re going to have to get your husband on board. Errands can be so fun (if you allow them)!


  4. toinspireus says:

    Sounds quite familiar! The list could possibly be longer when you are 45 & your boyfriend is 26…lol! We do have a lot of fun

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Oh I’m sure that you have a handful of things that you can add to this list!

      Liked by 1 person

      1. toinspireus says:

        Yes! I really will be looking forward to reading your post.

        Liked by 1 person

      2. Yay! There’s plenty more coming your way.

        Liked by 1 person

      3. toinspireus says:

        Merry Christmas Love!

        Liked by 1 person

      4. Merry Christmas my dear friend and a Happy New Year ❤ sending my love and well wishes to you!

        Liked by 1 person

  5. JT Twissel says:

    Hi Paige – nice to meet you! Good luck with the transition.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Nice to meet you too! Thank you for the warm wishes (:


  6. Reminissy says:

    This is hilarious and absolutely so true!

    Liked by 1 person

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