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The 2 Things That Make Living With Others Easy?

Alex and I have lived together for nearly 9 years but it is only since implementing these two things that has made living together so much easier. Forget things like a joint bank account (although that can be useful, of course!) – these things may sound a bit dull, but it’s made all this adulting nonsense just a little bit less annoying!

A Joint Email Address

This has honestly been the most useful thing ever! We have a specific email address set up and any things that relate to the house can be sent there. It’s an email address that forwards any emails sent there to both of our personal email addresses, which means that any bill reminders are seen by both of us, any receipts (places like Home Depot can email receipts to you, and once you’ve set it up once, it will remember which email address you use when you pay with the same debit/credit card) and any other things relating to the house are in both of our accounts.

Having a separate email address means we can set up things like Netflix and utility accounts and share the password in 1Password (which leads me on to the next item!) 

We have a personal domain but this would be easy (and free!) to set up with a GMail account, which allows automatic forwarding of any emails received. The benefit of a joint GMail account also means you could have a shared calendar to remind you of due dates of bills, etc.

I also have it set up so I can send emails from that email address (an alias) which makes it easier to send out emails to people like our landlord’s agent and so both of us will get the reply.

Sharing Passwords

Alex has been using 1Password for years and has encouraged me to use it so I don’t end up using the same password for multiple things. Our 1Password setup means that we have our own personal space for passwords, etc, but also a shared space where we can share passwords for things like Netflix. 

1Password also has a feature which allows you to share credit card details which if you have a joint account (separate to your personal account) would allow you to pay for things online using the card number for that account. 

I’m not sure if you have to pay for the sharing feature, but I don’t think it’s ridiculously expensive.

One of the nicest features in iOS 12 that I didn’t notice in the beta is that you can automatically get usernames and passwords from your chosen password manager, which makes things much easier.

These two tips are coming from me as a couple, but this would also make living with flat mates easier as well – no one would have any excuse for not seeing a certain email because you know it’s gone to everyone! 

Pyjama Party

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One of the traditions of Christmas that I’ve kept since I was a kid is getting new pyjamas at Christmas. Since getting older, this has extended to getting a set for Alex, and that we wear them all day on Christmas Day. Hey, we don’t have to go anywhere or see anyone or do anything except eat and watch TV, why bother dressing?

I’ve already bought our PJ’s for this year – last year I saw these full family sets at Target, but couldn’t find our sizes. This year, I was prepared – I waited for each of our sizes to appear, set notifications and finally got the set. Prepare for some super cheesy photos.

When choosing PJ’s, I’m pretty fixed in my ways. I like PJ’s with shirts, not tops you pull over your head, I like pretty patterns but hate slogans, and I just don’t get why you would wear pyjamas like these:

A jumpsuit to sleep in? Are you crazy? Going to the loo when you’re wearing a jumpsuit is difficult enough when you’re fully awake! And that stripy two set…I’d actually wear both of those items separately in the day, they’re just a bit too fancy to wear to bed! 

I thought I’d share some of my favourite sets of pj’s from shops that ship to both the UK and US (except for Target, but realistically, that’s where I’m going to get most of my pj’s…and I already own two sets from the image…) 

Long grey set ~ Satin Stars ~ Long floral ~ Short Red

You can never have too many pyjamas. 

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