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Are you so in love that you can’t imagine another day apart from your guy? Is your drawer at his house turning into a dresser full of clothes and vice versa? Then it might be time to consider living together. If you’re not old-fashioned and believe that living together before marriage is OK—it’s really OK, Madame—then you may want to read the following before you make any moves.

Get your head out of the love clouds and come back to earth where shared expenses, shared groceries and just shared space in general can sometimes be more than you bargained for.

Some couples are so in sync that when they move in together everything flows perfectly. For the other 96.3 percent of us, there’s a time of adjustment and getting accustomed to leaving the single life behind. Remember how you liked to sing Sade at the top of your lungs while you put on your nightly mud face mask? Someone is going to be hearing you now, and he may ask you to shut it up! What about that Tuesday night ritual you have of ordering Thai and eating it out of the box while you watch “The Real Housewives”? He might want to share, and *gasp*, eat it off real plates while sitting at the dining room table.

Even before that, you have to make sure that this is someone who you want to see all the time, everyday. Yes, there are perks from quality time to intimacy time to shared expenses. Before you have a shack attack and buy those matching his-and-hers towels, consider a few things you must do if you are going to live with your partner.

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