Moving in with a significant other is always eye-opening. New routines, new pet peeves, new EVERYTHING.

In this AskReddit thread, people share what surprised them most about living with their partner.

Share your thoughts in the comments below!

1. Storage issues

“Methods of storage

Me – however method to madness Her – organised

Several conversations have gone like this:

Me – “where is my blue notebook it was on this shelf under my components box”

Her – “I cleaned up and organised everything”

Me – “Ok where is it?”

Her – “I don’t know why don’t you keep track of your stuff”.”

2. Ouch

“Apparently the cat I raised since she was a kitten and loved more than life itself is more than willing to abandon me and love someone else much more in a blink of an eye.”

3. Just checking in

“If you and your partner are in different rooms one of them will randomly decide to just “check in” by opening the door, smile and then going back to their separate room.”

4. EMPTY

“After living with him for 4 years, I opened a drawer of “his” dresser… And it was empty. All of it. Apparently he thought it was my extra dresser.

He doesn’t use a dresser. Clothes get washed and put into a “clean clothes” hamper. He puts socks and underwear in his bedside table.

Now I’m wondering what other furniture in our house is empty??”

5. Oh, there’s a wrong way

“Learning that there’s a wrong way to fold towels apparently.”

6. Yuck

“He peed in the sink. That’s all.”

7. Not the same

“How different our versions of ‘clean’ are.”

8. Where are the keys?

“How often I’d be helping her find her car keys.

Eventually, I put up a hook that I was able to get her in the habit of using.

Made me tear up a little at the time, but a couple weeks after we split I remember getting a text from her that said “I miss being able to find my keys.” “

9. Your hair is everywhere

“The hair, man. It gets everywhere.”

10. Don’t listen to them!

“I was told that we would start arguing and being miserable. It ended up feeling like a super awesome constant sleep over. Don’t let people scare you into not moving in with a significant other if that is what you both want.”

11. Organization

“She’s good at playing tetris and very organized.

I was living with my parents since I traveled for work and only made it home one or two weekends a month. she moved in with me at my parent’s house, we had one room to store stuff; my bedroom. we bought things we’d need when we moved out when we saw a deal too good to pass up and she stored them

I realized she was good when we had to make 4 trips to get all our stuff out. 4 trips. this girl had boxes inside boxes inside boxes. she utilized every inch available in our room to stack items.

we just bought a house and still have some boxes left to unpack. I will call her at work and say something like “hey, do you remember that blue paper clip I like to use? I can’t find it.” she will tell me which room, which box, what container, and what is beside it, just in case I still can’t find it.”

12. Talking to myself

“How much I actually talk to myself.

I never had any roommates, aside from one for like the first two weeks in college before I got moved to a single room, so I was used to just talking to myself out loud like nothing. After we moved in together and she kept asking “Who are you talking to?” and “Did you say something?” I realized that I actually talk to myself quite a bit.”

13. THOUSANDS OF THEM 

“I have never observed my wife put a bobby pin in her hair.

I have found thousands of bobby pins in our house.”

14. TP problems

“I always knew women went through TP faster than men, but I never knew how much faster they did. It got to the point, I’d just grab a pack of TP whenever I went to the store for any reason. We may not be out at home, but we will be soon I reckoned, and I was never wrong about that.”

15. Enough with the pillows

“Everything has a decorative pillow on it. They are too small to be used for anything, and I’m not allowed to throw them on the floor or pile them all on one chair. The bed has a bunch, and a long tube thing. I’m not allowed to wack her with the tube thing.

Where did these come from? Why do we need them? If they’re just in the way, can we put them in storage? No? Ok, babe – whatever you want.”