So you’re used to living on your own, but that time has come to an end - you're moving in with your girlfriend. If she is moving in to your place you might fear that your bachelor pad will end up looking like the set of The Bad Girls Club. It is important that you make your new roommate feel at home, yet you don't want to lose what your humble abode.
Here are some tips to make sure that you are both happy:
Similar Interests. First of all, if you are with this girl in the first place chances are you have a few things in common. Do you enjoy the same TV shows, movies or music? Consider including some art on the walls that incorporates your combined pop culture interests.
Designated Area. Which items does she want gone? To keep the peace, find a place for these. If you are lucky enough to have a spare room, why not make this your personal happy place? Store the items in the room and visit when you miss your old bachelor pad. Any items that she can live with can be kept in the common areas.
Make Compromises. Relationships are all about trade-offs. If she is upset that she doesn’t feel ‘at home’, be prepared to settle on ways to change the look of the apartment. If she wants purple paint on the walls and you want brown, maroon is a good medium. After all, “a happy wife is a happy life”.
Start Slow. If possible, move new things in incrementally. Agree on what items she should move in and what you don’t need. If you have a 46” HDTV and hers is a heavy ass 32” CRT, maybe the latter can go on Craigslist (or the curb). Who knows, maybe your sugar mama actually has a bachelor pad worthy 105” 3D TV. In that case, maybe your should be moving into her place.
Keep in mind that you are moving on in life. You’ve enjoyed the bachelor life and your bachelor pad, and now it’s time for something different. With that said if you can’t part with your stuff, storage containers can be a good option- just make sure you pay your tab or you'll see your items being sold on TV.