While the thought of sharing your bed with someone EVERY. SINGLE. NIGHT. might fill you with enough fear to run for the hills and not look back, if you're relating to these signs, you and your significant other could actually be ready to move in with each other.
1. Half your clothes are at their house
We all know us girls have a commitment to our wardrobes stronger than most marriages (just kidding), which is why trusting someone else with over 35% of it really is saying something. Stashing more than just a pair of pants at your S.O's house? Soon, it might not just be the laundry detergent you're saving on.
2. You don't feel pressured to rush things
Although it might initially feel like the opposite, a lack of pressure to rush things might actually be a sign that you're ready to take the next step. If you're so comfortable in your relationship that you know everything will take it's natural course, now might be the right time.
3. You're comfortable in your own social life
There's nothing worse than losing a friend when they get a boyfriend because they're too busy to see you (bet you're all thinking of someone rn, amirite?), which is why it's important you're secure enough in your own social life to lose out. Moving in with your S.O. shouldn't have to mean losing your friendship group.
4. But you get on with their friends, too
Real talk: you don't want to live with your S.O. if you don't particularly like any of their friends or want to spend any time with them—because the chances are they will be spending time together and you will have to have them at your house.
5. You're not doing it to save your relationship
Although you might think taking a step forward might mend any cracks that are forming in your relationship, it's likely to actually do the opposite—because soon you'll be spending all your free time, down time, and me time, er, in their company, too. If you're both happy, move in together, yooo.
6. You know how to resolve arguments
A healthy relationship—whether with your mum/BFF/boyfriend/girlfriend—involves disagreements and arguments. It's the solving of these issues that reflects how strong you are together, which is why you should absolutely know how to resolve negative situations before making the move in together.
7. You spend a large proportion of time together already
From a practical perspective, moving in together would probably save you bucket loads of time and money if you already spend a small fortune travelling to and from each other's places anyway. Saving cash and spending less time on public transport/stuck in traffic? Win/win.
8. It's not just about saving money
Yes, yes, halving what you spend on rent would be the dream, but this isn't a reason to rush moving in together. You should want to do it regardless of the money and because you actually want to live together—not just because it's easier.
9. You've already discussed your future
Before you make the step to live together, you want to make sure you've properly discussed your future, any deal-breakers you have, and what you want to get out of the relationship. The worst would be to make all the effort and get through the complicated moving part, only to find out you want different things.
10. You properly know each other
You're passed the honeymoon stage, you've brushed your teeth while they're doing a piss, and you know each other down to the little toe nail. If you're going to be sharing your space with someone 24/7, it helps to know they're not about to spring a 3 a.m. recorder-playing habit on you.
11. You can be 100 per cent yourselves all the time
Look, we all try to put on the best version of ourselves on certain occasions, but when you're living/sleeping/breathing in the same space as someone else literally ALL THE TIME, you want to make sure you can just show how you're really feeling. Plus, periods happen.
12. Oh, it also helps if you really, really like each other too
Y'know, that little, small factor in a relationship.
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.co.uk. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.