Yes, Peggy’s mom’s stance on living in sin on Sunday’s Mad Men was super-archaic, but I have to admit that things haven’t worked out so well for more than a few couples I know who have lived together. (When you think about it, it’s damn good they tried it out before things were too late.)
As I’ve mentioned before, although I do sh*t on it sometimes, one of the benefits of being single is getting to observe romantic cohabitation from the outside and learn from it. In New York, long-term-relationships tend to move to this stage much quicker thanks to high rent, and it doesn’t generally make for healthier relationships. So here’s the basic K?�bler-Rossian breakdown of what has happened to friends of mine who jumped the gun on living with a significant other:
__Partner A:__Do you want to move in?
__Partner B:__OMG, yes.
(drunk text)__Partner B:__Wait, is this a bad idea?
__Partner A:__OMG, no.
__Partner A:__Want to watch Game Of Thrones and do it instead of doing work?
Partner B: Yes.
(see stage 3)
Six months later.
__Partner A:__Ugh, why do you keep distracting me from my work?
Partner B: Ugh, why can’t you do your dishes?
Partner A: I did do my dishes.
__Partner B:__You didn’t do them well, and I had to redo them,* as usual.*
__Partner A:__Stop making that face.
__Partner B:__What face?
Partner A: I don’t know how to describe what fa–YOU’RE MAKING IT AGAIN.__
Partner B:__ Let’s order in burritos and not talk to each other.
Partner A: Should we break up?
Partner B: OMG, yes.
Partner B: Wait, is this a bad idea?
Partner A: OMG, no.
__Obviously, there are tons of couples who make it work: This is only about those who rush into it without thinking it through. There are always massive success stories like Melms and her delightful Moving In Together Surprises. __
What do you think? What are your experiences with moving in together?
More cohabitation in relationships:
10 Things That Make Living Together Awesome
6 Ways Living Together Can Kill The Romance (And How You Can Totally Fix It)
Is Living Alone the New Living Together? (If So, My Mom Is Totally a Trendsetter)