1. You don’t have to factor him into your apartment search. Believe me, it’s twice as hard finding a place when you’ve got to accommodate another person’s requirements for a home. (For instance: Maybe you don’t give a crap about a doorman building, but he does.)
2. You get the bed all to yourself at least a few times a week. And uninterrupted hogging of the bed all night will make you wake up as a better girlfriend.
3. The sense of mystery can endure at least a tiny bit more. Or, in plain English, you can wake up and take a big fancy dump without him pretending not to hear it in the nearby bedroom. Wait what? I mean girls don’t poop girls don’t poop girls don’t poop girls don’t—
4. You always really want to see each other when you hang out. As opposed to coming home from work, saying hi to him and being whatever about it, and then hanging out in different rooms for a while.
5. When you have a fight, you can cool down in your respective places. Because once you live together, the post-argument options are (1) one of you being exiled to a friend’s house or a bar and (2) silently watching The Daily Show in bed together, still fuming. Fun times, right?
6. You can have your friends over without dealing with him being home during girls’ night. I have been one of seven girls crammed into one bedroom watching The Bachelorette while the hostess’s boyfriend floats like an annoyed ghost past the doorway occasionally.
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7. You don’t have to put up with his friends hanging out too long/eating things/breaking things. Basically, your apartment is a carefully curated and delicate Pinterest board until they fart all over it and your boyfriend might not clean up sufficiently and then you’ll get mad.
8. You get that one free, peaceful, productive weekend day to yourself. To run errands, do some work, window-shop — whatever it is you do when you’re not spending the morning sleeping in with him. Alone time means you’ll appreciate him more.
9. His crap is not lying all over your place, annoying you. It’s hard enough to keep your home clean without a live-in boyfriend.
10. You don’t have one of those pre-baby joint-custody pets that inevitably makes breakups harder. I mean, maybe one of you has a pet, and the other one loves it, but it’s not like your shared pet.
11. You’ll have fewer, if any, fights about money. Because you won’t find yourself in conversations like, “I bought the can opener we needed last week so you need to pay a little bit more of the electric bill.” (Doesn’t that turn you on, though?!)
12. Or fights about the temperature of the bedroom. The national anthem of live-in couples is a little ditty called, “Baby, I’m Freezing, Can I Turn the AC Down?”
13. You can actually surprise him with sexy underwear at the end of the night (because he didn’t see you get dressed earlier). And ditto with date-night outfits.
14. The thrill of a late-night booty call is still present. Because easy access is admittedly great, but there’s something about that adrenaline rush when he answers your “are you doing anything right now?” text at 1:30 a.m.