Should You Move In with Your Best Friend? - Mini U Storage Blog

December 27, 2022

Should You Move In with Your Best Friend?

Your best friend is the person you hang out with all the time, so it only makes sense to live with them. But is it actually a good idea? Listening to others’ experiences might make you hesitate to pull the trigger, but not all living arrangements end in total disaster. There are many factors that go into deciding if it makes sense to move in with your BFF, and they’re not all as simple as saying “yes” or “no.” Here’s how to figure out if moving in together would be worth it for you.

The Grass Isn’t Always Greener

When you are moving in with a friend, there’s a high likelihood that this person will be someone you’ve known for years and consider very close. However, there is also the possibility that you’ll find out that they aren’t exactly who you thought they were or what they would be like to live with. For example:

  • You may discover that your friend doesn’t share all of your interests. They may be into things that don’t interest everyone else in their social circle (e.g., sports teams), or they may have very specific hobbies, such as cooking or wine appreciation classes.
  • They might not clean up after themselves as often as you do.
  • Conflicting schedules can come with a whole host of problems, such as one person’s free time interrupting another person’s sleep.

  • Consider the Cost

    To figure out if living together is right for you, consider the cost. You’ll have to pay rent and utilities, but it may save you money in some areas. For example, when you split the cost of groceries or house cleaning with your roommate, it can help offset the high rent you split in the middle. Utilities will increase in price, but now you’re sharing this burden.

    Additionally, think about whether rent will go up at any point during your time together—if so, can one person afford to pay it?

    But Don’t Sacrifice Your Lifestyle

    If you’re going to live together, make sure you are on the same page about what you want from the relationship. Living with another person means a lot of compromises, but there are certain boundaries you should be firm on:

  • Don’t give up your independence.
  • Don’t give up your privacy.
  • Don’t give up your space, or feel like you have to hold off on decorating or redecorating certain areas because of your roommate’s taste (or lack thereof).
  • Don’t give up hobbies that make you happy or give you a sense of purpose.

  • Take time to consider if your friend is really the best person to live with.

    It’s important to think about your friend’s personality, as well. For example, if you’re an introvert, living with an extrovert might not be the easiest thing for you. If your friend is messy and disorganized all the time, that may not work for you or vice versa—if you’re always on top of things and have an impeccable home decorating style, having a messy roommate may drive you crazy.

    In addition to considering these factors in terms of who they are as people, it’s also important to consider what they do outside of their home life and how it relates back to yours. Do they play loud music late at night? Are they constantly inviting people over without warning? How often do they come home drunk after going out with friends? Are these things that would bother or disrupt the peace at your place?

    Moving in with your best friend is a huge decision and should be approached with caution. While there are many benefits to sharing your home with your friends, it’s important not to rush into things or sacrifice too much of yourself along the way.

    Are cramped living quarters keeping you down? Moving in with another person might mean downsizing, but you don’t have to give your things away. Your friends here at Mini U Storage have a wide selection of storage units in lots of different types and sizes. Our rental process can be done over the phone, for a true self-storage experience. Just pick out the rental or rentals you need, sign your lease, pay your bill, and move in immediately. You have enough decisions to make, so contact us today and let us help you.