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My S.O. and I Never Had to Compromise Until We Downsized—Here's What I Learned

Three years ago, when my boyfriend and I decided to pick up our lives in Denver and head east to Brooklyn, we knew we would have to majorly downsize. We had been living in a spacious townhouse with two bedrooms and two and a half baths, which in Denver (or most places outside of New York City) seemed pretty standard. We had visions of our new life in Brooklyn as a fresh start, and we knew we’d have to purge a lot of our stuff before we left Colorado. However, no matter how much we prepared before packing up, moving into our much smaller Williamsburg apartment still wasn’t the easiest of transitions for either of us. We’ve managed to make it work, but not without a little decorating creativity, a lot of learning, and plenty of compromise.