If you're reading this, chances are you're completely sprung on your boyfriend. You're tired of schlepping it back and forth to each other's homes, and the two of you are seriously considering shacking up together. It may seem like a good idea, but there are a bunch of reasons why living with your boyfriend is a bad idea. While some people use co-habitation as a test to see if they should take things to the next level, living together before getting married is a surefire way to kill the romance. Oh yeah, and your relationship will likely take a nosedive off a steep cliff, too. I'm definitely no relationship expert, but I did make the wrong choice of moving in with a boyfriend (yeah, you can probably guess how that ended.) So here's my list of 12 reasons why you should keep that bachelorette pad instead of moving in with your guy.
12 Goodbye Mystery
There's a sense of mystery that goes along with a relationship that keeps things, fresh, new, and exciting. But when you move in with your guy, that mystery is tossed right out the window. You'll now know everything you never wanted to know about your guy, like how Caramel Macchiatos from Starbucks give him explosive diarrhea, and how he can't get a good night's sleep without plugging in his Elmo nightlight.
11 You'll Become too Comfortable
When you're just dating, both you and your guy are usually on your best behavior, and you make a strong effort to keep your bodily functions and bathroom habits to yourself. But when you decide to move in together, all sense of decency will be kicked to the curb. Ever wonder what your guy's farts smell like after he inhales two Taco Bell Double Decker tacos and a cheesy bean burrito? Well, you'll soon find out because he'll be dropping bombs like there's no tomorrow. Grab the gas mask, girl.
10 Say Goodbye to Those SATC Marathons
When you're single, you can come home after a long day of work, grab a couple (or a few) scoops of your favorite ice cream, plop down on the couch, and have a Sex and the City marathon until you pass out. But when you live with your boyfriend, he'll either hog the television, or he'll pout like a big baby every time you want to get your Carrie Bradshaw on.
9 Romance Will Disappear
It's been proven time and time again that romance will be flushed down the toilet as soon as you move in with your guy. It's just one of the downsides of co-habitation that really can't be explained. The newness of the relationship begins to wear off, and living together becomes just that...living. Romps in between the sheets will be on the back burner as the two of you stumble through the ups and downs of living together. So if you want to keep the passion burning, hold off on signing that joint lease.
8 Cooking for Two is a Hassle
During your single days, you wouldn't bat an eyelash at preparing a dinner for yourself consisting of a bowl of popcorn and a glass of wine. But once you move in with your guy, he'll probably want a hot meal every now and again. And guess who will be his chef? You will, of course! If you're lucky, the two of you will have the same diets, and the same likes and dislikes when it comes to food. But if you're a vegetarian and he's a meat lover, well, good luck with that.
7 Goodbye Closet Space
You will never understand how precious that square footage of closet space is until you have to share it with someone else. Hopefully you're guy isn't a shopaholic like you are, but if he has more clothes than Neimans, you're in for some trouble. Your favorite shoes will be crammed alongside your most coveted handbags, and you'll probably be forced to donate some items to make room for your beau's things. How tragic, right?
6 Your Girlfriends Will Stop Inviting You Out
You used to be the first one at your designated happy hour spot every Thursday, and Saturday nights at the karaoke spot had your name written all over it. But once you settle down into a life of co-habitation with your guy, your friends may frequently "forget" to invite you out. They'll just assume you'll want to spend every waking moment with your guy.
5 You'll Have to Share a Bathroom
If you absolutely have to move in with your boyfriend, make sure you get an apartment with two bathrooms. Nothing's worse than having to share the restroom with a man. Trust me on this one! Your once clean and pristine bathroom will be replaced by a war zone littered with beard stubble, and backsplash on the toilet. Gross, I know.
4 Forget About That All-Pink Decor
One of the greatest joys of living alone is you get to decorate your home to your liking. Want to go for an all-pink decor with zebra accents? Have at it! But when you move in with your guy, you have to take his taste into consideration. For most guys, they don't care too much about decorations, but one thing's for sure, you can kiss that hot pink floor rug goodbye.
3 Everyone Will Bug You About Getting Married
The choice to live together isn't always based on one's desire to get married. But to the outside world, they'll definitely think you're one step closer to walking down the aisle. In a perfect world, your guy would propose to you six months after moving in to your new love shack, but it doesn't always work out that way. Unfortunately, your family and friends won't be taking "we're still getting to know each other" as an answer. So if you want to pump the brakes on all the marriage talk, keep your own pad until you're ready to take that next step in your relationship.
2 You'll Have to Include Him in Every Decision
When living alone, you're the master of your domain, and you make all the decisions concerning your household. But when you move in with your boyfriend, you'll be making decisions together. Now, this won't be a problem if you and your guy think the same across the board, but what are the chances of that happening? When you move in together, you'll be forced to work together as a team and make compromises on even the smallest issues.
1 Your Future Marriage is Doomed
You've heard the saying "why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free" right? Well, it's true. Some couples who live together eventually make it down the aisle, but they have a 33% higher divorce rate than those who didn't live together before marriage. So if you want your relationship to be doomed, go ahead and move in with your guy. But if you want your love to last, keep your own apartment until marriage is on the table.