Moved in with Your Mate? Three Tips for Surviving the Morning Rush

by Jenna Rosenstein


CN Digital StudioCN Digital Studio I am now officially normal. A government study has determined that the number of unwed American women living under the same roof with a romantic partner is now close to 50 percent, up from only 34 percent in 1995. And while these statistics may be a shock to the old-fashioned fathers of America, what's truly unsettling to me is trying to get ready for work in the morning at the same time as your new roomie--a.k.a. the boyfriend.

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I recently moved in with my mate of five years, and while it's hard enough to get out the door in the morning on my own, when you mix a man into that situation, suddenly "cohabitation" becomes a new term for "why are you bumping into me?", "that's my toothbrush!" and "no, you may not use my moisturizer for shaving." Here are three tips for surviving the morning rush--together. Get up earlier. If you wake up before your significant other, you'll be surprised at how much primping can be done before his alarm goes off. In five minutes, I can quickly blow-dry my hair, or paint a coat on my nails, or even take a speed shower, all before the competition for the bathroom mirror really heats up.

Close the door. My boyfriend has a habit of leaving the bathroom door open while taking a steamy shower, which turns my painstakingly straightened hair into cotton-candy frizz. Make sure the bathroom door stays closed, and while you're at it, put the toilet seat cover down (so your Clarisonic doesn't fall in--again).

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Plan ahead. I've successfully avoided territorial struggles in the bathroom by washing my hair at night and occasionally using a dry shampoo that cuts my shower time in half. I've also been known to apply my last-minute makeup on the crowded subway. But no nail clipping or flossing on public transportation, please!

Do you have any morning-routine tips for living with your significant other?

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