Storage expert and self proclaimed relationship guru weighs in on drawer storage tips and when to make the first steps towards a joint checking account.
Spend a day behind the counter at a self storage facility and you will find people like to ‘air out their dirty laundry’ so to speak. We fill the void between the water cooler and bartender in our customers lives. I’ll often ask my customers when they rent a truck, “so what are you moving today?” It’s a form of market research, but I often regret it. My favorite customer response is “Well, that’s a long story. . . and here it is. . . ” So, between eviction, separation, and ‘change in careers’, I hear a lot and I dish out a lot of good advice. A lot of what I have to say is drawer storage tips.
After hearing years of this, one take away I have is that before you have a joint checking account, try having a joint sock drawer. There are fewer consequences to having a joint sock drawer. It’s easier to take the news that your favorite left Darn Tough sock has come up missing, than finding out that checking account has gone missing (note, as I write this my socks do not match). You’ll also learn a lot about your mate based on how they treat the organization of the sock drawer. Type A and Type B personalities emerge quickly. In a kind of weird Steve Jobs-esque move, my wife taught me to just grab any two socks. It’s part of her quirkiness, and not calculated, like a Steve Jobs idea that would free up time in your day for more important events.
So, considering making to the move to a joint checking account? Probably a mature thing to do, especially if you marry a storage expert. But just like people told you about kids, try getting a kitten first. Heed my drawer storage tips, and make sure you and your mate are a match.