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Consumerists and minimalists can date, fall in love, and have happy relationships together…until they move in together. Even then, they can enjoy a successful relationship, but each person will have to make some changes. And if I can be totally honest, most of those changes have to be on the part of the consumerist. The minimalist will not meet you halfway. He won’t even meet you 15 percent of the way. Look, I think we all know, deep-down, that minimalism is a good way to go. You kind of recognize that your minimalist partner has a point, but hey—you like your stuff! And that’s okay. But when the question comes up, “Who will bend over backward for whom?” you know, in your heart, that you should move more towards minimalism, rather than having your partner move back towards consumerism. Here is what to know before living with a minimalist.

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He has one item of clothing for each purpose

It’s going to be hard to accept or understand at first, but your partner will have just one item of clothing for each purpose. In other words, he’ll have one pair of jeans. Yes, just one. He won’t have one tapered pair, one relaxed pair, one dark pair, one faded pair, one bootleg and one with tears on it. Just one. And he’ll wear it to death before replacing it. I’d spare him of the fact that you have 12 pairs of jeans. He’ll never understand.

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