How Living With My Boyfriend Changed Me, But Not In The Way I Expected

By Ileana Paules-Bronet

It seems counterintuitive that living with my boyfriend would make me a more independent person, but that’s exactly what it has done.

Last year, when I was considering what it would be like to live together, I assumed that cohabitation would make my boyfriend and I codependent.

And honestly, I’m so thankful that it hasn’t.

I moved in with my boyfriend immediately after I graduated from Skidmore College.

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We had three weeks to turn his parents’ basement apartment in Brooklyn into our new home before I left to spend six weeks studying publishing at Columbia University.

We packed all my belongings into an excessively large U-Haul and trekked the four hours to NYC. Our first stop? IKEA.

During those first three weeks of living together, we painted, grouted, tiled, built furniture, installed appliances, and drained our bank accounts. It was stressful.

There were boxes everywhere, our new mattress was propped against the wall, and we spent every night on an air mattress in our cramped living room.

My boyfriend was basically the only person I had seen in almost a month, and I was going a little stir crazy.

But I had just moved to a new city, and outside of my boyfriend and his family, I didn’t really have anyone else I knew well enough to hang out with.

“You should spend some time with friends,” my boyfriend suggested after I spent the third consecutive day sitting on the couch being grumpy and refusing to help with the apartment (he lovingly put up with my bad attitude).

https://www.yourtango.com/2022347830/how-living-my-boyfriend-changed-me-not-way-i-expected

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