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Ugly crying over moving out? Been there! Here are my 5 steps to happiness

I feel embarrassed to confess this, so please bear with me (I feel so silly). But… I am moving out of my first very own apartment, and I cried more about this than I like to admit. This place became my hoodie, my comfort zone. For the first time in 15 years I didn't dread coming home. I am losing my first and only home I ever truly had and loved. How do I cope with this, you ask? Good question. There are five strategies I came up with that have been helping me with my struggle to say bye to my bachelorette pad…

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3 ways to keep the peace when you move in with your partner "too soon"

Shortly after Christmas, I moved in with my boyfriend. But it wasn't necessarily happening because we wanted it to. To make a long story short, the living situation I had planned fell apart on me pretty suddenly, and he offered to take me in. My only other option was uprooting everything I'd built for myself, and moving back in with my mother — over 100 miles away. There were a few things I knew would have to happen right off the bat in order to keep the peace between us. And as a result of the following tactics, we haven't had a single problem with this living situation.

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Single-living vs. couple-living: one woman's pros and cons

I'm quite satisfied with the single life. Though I've really loved loving and living with my manfolk too. They are very, very different lifestyles. I've been having a funny feeling that I'm going to meet someone soon, and it's leading me to wonder if I even really want to. I've been contemplating single versus couple life a lot lately…

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Make compromises within a relationship that don't mean sacrificing your values

I had a lot of time to fantasize about my future and prospective living situations, and the idea of a vegan, eco-friendly, ethical household was appealing to me. So when I met my now-fiancée and the topic of moving in together came up, it was apparent that some compromises were going to have to be made on someone's end. The compromises didn't come without some heated discussions. While having these conversations with my fiancée, it occurred to me that a lot of my choices that tried to incorporate ethical consumerism were a lot about boycotting. I decided that from now on, instead of focusing exclusively on cutting things out of my shopping list, I'll do things that support causes I believe in instead.

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What to buy before you move (and what to avoid buying until afterward)

My fiancee and I would like to move in together, but the actual date of the move in has been pushed back. Both of us currently live with our 'rents and have never lived outside the 'rents home before, so we don't have any apartment stuff. I was thinking of purchasing some things for the apartment and keeping them stored in my current abode. My mother's advice was this: don't buy too much stuff, because it might not fit in to your apartment – aesthetic wise or space wise. So my question to Homies is this: what do you wish you had as soon as you moved in, and what could you have done without or what would you liked to have purchased AFTER you moved?