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Living With Surprises: Women Reveal the 21 Most Bewildering Things They Didn’t Know When Moving In With Boyfriend

Newfound quirks and habits show up when you’re sharing a new living space. Along with the unexpected difficulties of moving all your stuff in together and establishing boundaries can cause confusion and frustration.

Whether navigating differing cleaning habits, adjusting to each other’s routines, or discovering newfound pet peeves, it’s never easy to move in with another person and live in complete harmony!

Sensual Advances

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A Redditor shared, “As the boyfriend in question, I can confidently state that my girlfriend was wholly unprepared for the relentless, daily se****l advances.”


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A user said, “That they aren’t actually that clean. They just clean up before you come over.”

No In-Between

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This Redditor said, “They will either be in and out of the bathroom in 45 seconds or 15 minutes. No in-betweens.”

Food Consumption

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A user added, “They eat a lot. All those dinner dates you went on? Yeah, they probably ate a small meal to tide them over on the 10-minute drive to pick you up.”

Never Enough

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This Redditor stated, “I absolutely cannot believe how much men eat. For everything that I eat, he eats at least 3 times the amount. It’s been 5 years of living together, and when I try to make enough to have leftovers for lunch the next day, I fail.”


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This user said, “I grew up with 2 brothers, and we all played sports / lived with teammates our entire lives. My g/f is blown away about how absolutely disgusting I am to live with. I don’t think she was prepared for the daily sounds, smells, mannerisms, and food consumption that accompany living with a guy, let alone a big, dumb jock.”

Interior Design

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A top-liked comment said, “Moving in together means adopting and compromising on all his goofy doodads and pieces of furniture. If you’re a diehard interior design fan, be prepared to let up on the overall aesthetic of your personal space if his aesthetic differs greatly from yours.”

Make Space

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A user said, “If you give them their own space, your life will be so much easier. It doesn’t have to be a full man cave but a spot for them.”

Be Helpful

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One Redditor commented, “If he’s lived with his mother his entire life, and his mother is the type to keep a spotless house all on her own, you might need to explain that homes actually don’t clean themselves, and he’s going to need to do more to help out than take the trash out once every three weeks.

Cleaning Up

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A user hilariously shared, “There are always post-shower body/pube hairs lining the shower tub. Dishes/utensils are never in the correct places in the kitchen. Video games entail a lot of screaming at the tv. And my leftovers go “mysteriously” missing often.”

Monetary Commitment

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A Redditor added, “Your food bill will increase, and if your boyfriend is particularly active, that increase could be exponential. $30/week to $120-150/week in my case at the beginning. With the amount of dairy that man consumes, I may be looking into buying a cow.”

Being Handy


A commenter said, “I never really knew how much of a handyman my boyfriend is. He took care of everything in the home, from setting up the gaming area to installing all the appliances in the kitchen. He also set up all the IKEA furniture. He even built a chair out of wood to use whenever we use the BBQ grill on the patio. I love him so much.”

Clean The Sink

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A highly-liked comment said, “Whenever they shave, they just leave the hair all over the sink.”

Hide & Seek

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A Redditor said, “My boyfriend likes to hide things. Once, I found the stamps in the pantry and the envelopes in a closet after he cleaned up.”

Neat Freak

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One user shared, “This is kind of odd to write because my boyfriend [21] is a neat freak jock. I’m [20] actually the messy, dorky-decorating one. After we graduated, we lived about a year together and stayed together on breaks from school.”

Football Sunday

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A user mentioned, “⁠Every Sunday was planned around a football game, and he would be in a bad mood till Wednesday if his favorite team lost.”

A Protector

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One user added, “⁠He’s like a guard dog that’s ready to pounce at any intruder, so he investigated all suspicious noises.”


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This Redditor said, “Get ready for ⁠lots of cookouts because, THE BOYS, beer, and meat.”

Relief Wherever

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A Redditor said, “He will pee in the shower, and he will pee in the toilet while you shower.”

Video Games

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A user commented, “A lot of time is spent on video games. Do dishes need to be cleaned? In the middle of a quest, maybe later. Was the dog sprayed by a skunk? Oh, I just started a match. It never fails that something happens right as a game gets started.”


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Finally, a Redditor said, “The sheer amount of laundry. He has fewer clothes than me, so while I can go two weeks without doing laundry and be fine, he cannot. This usually leads to him having to borrow a pair of shorts as all his clothes are dirty and strewn about the floor, and I never know how badly he needs clothes laundered until the day before we have to go somewhere important.”

Source: Reddit

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