Cohabiting couples have become the new normal in American society, and for good reason. Practical pairs save thousands by sharing the rent and bills, and those with an interest in finding The One undergo an extremely valuable practice run. Some relationship “experts” suggest waiting years before cohabiting, but relationships rarely run according to schedules. The real key in knowing whether you’re ready lies in asking yourself (and your significant other) the serious questions that indicate your compatibility as a live-in couple.
Before you sign that lease, make sure you’re comfortable with these questions, and their answers.
What does he do in his free time (when you’re not around)?
For better or worse, your man’s free time is about to intertwine with yours … possibly, for good. Be honest with yourself as you analyze whether or not you can live with his everyday lifestyle. Does your boyfriend spend his weeknights curled up with a book, or clubbing with his work pals? Does he like variety in his weekend activities, or does he live his life according to routines?
Compare his average day with yours.
Do you wish you were more social? You probably wouldn’t mind if your boyfriend invited friends over regularly. But if you enjoy a serene, quiet home, a boyfriend who does nothing but watch TV and play video games on his off-days could make you feel oppressed.
Are your friends comfortable with him (and visa versa)?