If you’ve heard a story of a couple who moved in together only to find out they didn’t exactly like the way their partner does things — whether that’s a penchant for letting dishes pile up in the sink or a habit of leaving the TV on when they fall asleep — you might be reluctant to take the next step yourself and see the “real” guy or gal you’re dating. But the truth is, there are many reasons to love cohabiting with one another — it’s not all nightmare stories. And to prove it, we’ve got seven couples here to dish what they lost most about their cohabiting living arrangements.
“We can do our own thing while still enjoying each other’s presence. We used to live an hour away from one another and we’d see each other roughly three days a week because of work and other commitments. There was so much time lost in traveling on my part that I didn’t feel like I had time to do my own thing. I even hated it when dinner with the girls clashed with one of our days. Now, my partner can be in his studio producing music, while I’m blogging away in the living room and I don’t feel like I’m wasting ‘us’ time.” —Alex
“We're able to support each other on a deeper level in regards to our day-to-day chores or errands. If I come home late and he's home early, he'll make dinner. If I'm running late to work, he'll make my coffee. If laundry isn't done, whoever is free first will handle it.” —Jenny
“I work hard, I play hard, and when I get sick, everything goes to hell. I am so grateful my significant other is here when I need him the most. Outside of the flu, a sinus infection, or the common cold, he has taken good care of me when I suffered from chronic pain and discomfort. He is my partner in every way, and when he is ill, I cater to his needs in the same way.” —Shanon
“Living with my boyfriend gives us more chances to surprise each other with random acts of kindness. When I travel, I’ll leave little Post-It notes with cute messages around the apartment for him to discover while I’m away, and sometimes he’ll pick up my favorite beer or order from a favorite restaurant when he knows I’ve had a rough work day. It may not sound like much, but coming home to a good snuggle sesh and delicious beer and food goes a long way.” —Abby
“We are twice as productive. Starting our own business, raising a puppy, and trying to cook all our own meals can be exhausting. But with two of us, we are able to get things done twice as fast. One of us makes dinner while the other takes out the puppy. Someone can get work done while the other makes the much needed coffee.” —Brandon
“I love that no matter what we do, like if we have separate plans for the night, we'll wake up in the same bed together in the morning. And I love that when everyone leaves to go home at the end of a Friday night, I'm still hanging out with my best friend. I know that we'll still have a great rest of the night together.” —Jessica
“We are learning to do life together — the good and the bad stuff. I obviously don't love the bad stuff, like arguments, but by living together, we are almost forced to deal with it all. We can't retreat to our own place — we have to communicate and move past the little bumps in the road, because they are inevitable. Living together forces us to address the situation — even something as small as cleaning up the dishes — and then moving on.” —Jayme