Cohabitation is on the rise in the U.S., with nearly half of women in so-called “first unions” moving in with their partners before marriage, according to a recent government study. But to shack up or not to shack up remains a tough question for couples. Sometimes moving in together is motivated more by steep rent prices than by love; in other cases, it seems a wise move until one person realizes she can’t stand living with a massive videogame collection or the significant other’s distaste for doing dishes.
To help simplify the decision-making process, Isla Bell Murray and Wendy Steiner have put together a handy flowchart over at the Bold Italic. The bottom line: If this is about your current living situation sucking, or you can’t stand your significant other’s stuff, wait it out a few more months.