1. It's cheaper.
When you have a roommate, you can't split a one-bedroom or a studio. Well, you technically can, but do you really want to smell the sleep farts of someone you're not boning on the regular? I don't think so. When you combine your earning powers, you might be able to afford a room that's bigger than an actual shoebox. The rent being too damn high is reason enough to hop on that relationship bandwagon.
2. Merged movie and tv show collection.
You get to introduce him to the post-apocalyptic hellscape of Divergent and he can open your eyes to the glory that is all three seasons of Veronica Mars. Plus, there's something strangely satisfying in realizing you have three copies of Mean Girls between the two of you. Why three?? Because it's that good.
3. You can still walk around naked and you might even get sex out of it.
No longer are you a total weirdo for dancing around your apartment in flagrante delicto to Robyn. Why? Because now you have an audience and you're a sexy total weirdo. Isn't it awesome how that works? Plus, nakedness often leads to sex, so it's kinda the most awesome? Stark-naked dance workout followed by steamy sex with your awesome partner = LIVING THE DREAM.
4. So many new kitchen utensils and towels.
Why, yes, I will take two stand mixers so I can make brownies and cupcakes AT THE SAME TIME. Plus, cooking with a partner just makes it easier and more fun, and don't me started on the glory that is having someone do all the dishes after you cook a five-course feast. This is the reason love was invented.
5. Christening every room in the house with sexy sex.
You haven't lived until you've done it on every chair around your dining room table. (Oh, did I mention you have a dining room table? That's because your man had one when he moved in and guess what? That belongs to you now too!) So why are you reading this? Why aren't you already doing it on the Lazy Susan?
6. You no longer have to go out on dates.
Date night means movie or show marathon and Thai food, and that's often more romantic than any three-star Michelin restaurant. Who needs a man named Jacques serving you dead snails when you could be binge-eating pad Thai while you binge-watch Orange Is the New Black? (Although, you really outta leave the house some time, right? At least that's what they tell me; I've never had occasion to test this theory.)
7. You'll know for sure whether or not you're compatible.
Let's be honest, living together is often a test run for marriage. If you can spend months upon months living with someone else's quirks, you might be able to make it to the alter.
8. You always have someone to harass.
If you need to procrastinate (and who doesn't need to procrastinate?), you can always spend two-to-three hours reading erotic fanfic aloud to your man. Oh, crap, it's too late to work on that project now? Oh well, guess you'll just do it tomorrow!
9. You feel safer.
No longer are you convinced a ghost has come to take you for his bride every time wind blows through the curtain, and you're fairly certain that your man's Krav Maga skills will come in handy if anyone tries to break into the house. Whether or not any of that's true, it's just comforting knowing you've got backup when the portal to hell opens up in your toilet. (Oh, that's just my fear? OK.)
10. You can adopt a dog or a cat or a lizard or a rat!
PETS. All the pets can be yours!
11. More sex!
As the famous poem goes: Roses are red, violets are blue, when you live together you have sex all the time and that's just a fact. On the flip side, you don't have to have sex every night if you don't want, because your significant other will be in your bed tomorrow and the day after tomorrow and the day after that. Cool.
12. You're taking your commitment to the next level.
You know what they say, first comes love, then comes buying a new couch together. You already knew you had his heart, and now you're making laba his brief. That's just natural progression. It's nice to know your relationship is moving forward and that your future together is out of that weird "is this for real or ??" phase. It's for real.
13. It's fun to see what your joint style is.
Sure, you might want to burn his massive Avengers toy collection and he would rather die than spend 10 more minutes living with your kitten pillowcases but it's cool to see your tastes come together into one eclectic mishmash.
14. You get to share responsibilities.
Doing the dishes makes me gag (All that old food! Ugh!) and it's a total zen thing for my fiancé. On the other hand, scrubbing the tub grosses him out, whereas I find it oddly satisfying. Knowing that I never have to touch another repulsive dirty plate is reason enough for me to never leave my man. It's the little things.
15. You grow together.
You challenge each other. He'll literally push you out of bed so you walk-jog your lazy butt into a couch-to-5K, and you'll lovingly guilt him into finishing all his work for the day. We all need coaches and motivators, and when that person lives with you, it's almost impossible not to achieve any goal.
16. You really get to know other person.
If you didn't know that your girlfriend sings the entire score of Rent at the top of her lungs literally every single morning, you know now. And she knows that you like to workout by kickboxing in the dark to TLC. No shame. Or maybe some shame, but not enough to stop. You're getting to know each other in a deeper way than anyone else ever has (and if this is for keeps, ever will) and that's pretty much the most wonderful.
17. You learn to speak another language.
Living together means establishing relationship shorthand that would confuse the F out of other people. Your man knows just what snacks to get when your favorite show goes to commercial and you know exactly where to scratch his back to alleviate all crankiness. You're a team, enhanced by the fact that sometimes you use the same toothbrush. (JK, never do that. That's nasty.)
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.