Moving in with your partner is full of new lessons and experiences—and, let’s be honest, annoyances—for the both of you. Sometimes they’re so small that they quickly fade away, and sometimes they are the stories that end up coming out to your grandchildren.
We asked ten readers to tell us stories of things they learned after becoming live-ins.
“He is so freakishly happy in the morning. When his alarm goes off he bounces out of bed and immediately starts talking to me. Sometimes the thing that wakes me up is him asking, ‘are you still tired?’ Because I’m not responding to him. I lay there thinking, ‘I literally just woke up so yes, I’m tired.’” — Alyssa, 24
“He buys groceries and then let’s them go bad and they sit in his fridge for months. I told him every week I’m going to look in there to check expiration dates.” — Rachel, 27
“He didn’t know how to do laundry. The first time I had him do laundry he ruined my favorite shirt by packing the washer and dryer to the absolute brim.” — Katie, 25
“The biggest frustrations was that she would leave a room and not turn the lights off. My parents yelled at us if we ever did that since we were wasting electricity. I felt like I was following her around the house turning lights off behind her.” — Tera, 24
“I always thought that my night routine took a while until I saw how many products he used every night. He does have really nice skin, though, and it gives me time to get comfortable before he gets in bed.” — Lauren, 25
“I had never obviously pooped around him, but there wasn’t any hiding it once we moved in together. The first time I pretended like I was showering and lit a candle so there was no smell.” — Lindsey, 24
“Baths were always my ‘me’ time when I lived everywhere else, but now when I take a bath, he always wants to be in there talking about our days. I appreciate that he wants to know how my day went, but a lady needs some alone time.” — Meaghan, 23
“I don’t know if his family always kept the clothes hamper in the bathroom or if his mom always picked it up but he always leaves his dirty clothes on the bathroom floor. The hamper is like 100 feet away in our bedroom.” — Jenna, 28
“My boyfriend loves to cook so I thought it would be awesome with us living together. Who wouldn’t like meals cooked for them? But he cooks these elaborate meals and leaves the kitchen a disaster for me to clean up.” — Kat, 25
“Instead of keeping his retainer in the bathroom or something, he plops it out right on the nightstand in the morning. Whenever I clean I want to throw it away.” — Maggie, 26
Have any stories from moving in with your partner? Tweet them to us at @feather_mag!