First and foremost, Id like to wish you a prosperous and
productive Black History Month. I know that had to be weird to read. But
really, we can wish each other a Happy Holiday, so an entire month should
A month in which we have an extra day to celebrate thanks to
the Leap Year; Happy Birthday to all the Leap Year babies out there. And a
month in which Black History is being made right before our very eyes; Barack Obama
for President (Yes, we can).
Over the past few weeks, Ive been contacted in every way
possible about The Socialite. Some people raved, while others expressed their boldface
objections to my theories. Whether good or bad, Ive welcomed them all.
While reading through close to 200 comments, I came across a
question that a quite a few people wanted answered:
Now that I moved my boyfriend/girlfriend into my home, how the hell do
I get them out?
So youre looking to take evasive action? First you must
admit that youve made one of the biggest mistakes of your life before I move
Ok, now that we have your admittance on record, we can talk.
A mans home is his castle and a womans home is her
lifestyle center. Your Number One objective should be maintaining the rules and
regulations for your personal domain. You must exhibit a wealth of discipline
at all times.
You must also be stern enough to stand your ground; express
your concerns, be upfront and outright, and most importantly have strength
enough to say, No. The first time that you flinch in the execution of
enforcing your rules, you are opening the door to a landslide of concerns.
Most people make the mistake of allowing their significant
other to, lay roots, by either leaving personal items behind, sleeping over
one too many nights in a row, or falling for the convenience trap.
Lets dive into this turn of events.
Personal items are never left behind due to a loss in
memory. At the very least, its a subconscious act. Women leave items like
underwear, make-up and the silent assassin, strands of hair. Men leave items
like watches, shades, and possibly paraphernalia, ya dig?
I suggest a quick sweep of your home before your guest
exits. Theres nothing wrong with asking if they have everything. Also, dont
be afraid to bag up what you do find to either bring to them or what Ive
actually done in the past, mail to them.
Its human nature to become comfortable in your surrounds,
even if those surroundings arent yours. A weekend together could easily turn
into five days if youre not careful. Any more than a two day stay will allow
for your guest to acquire personal space, by either shifting your closet around
or emptying a drawer to place their items away.
Once again, theres nothing wrong with asking if they have
everything when exiting. You may receive an answer along the lines of, Well I
thought Id just leave something here for when I come back. At this moment,
you can step up and let them know that youre not comfortable with their items
being left behind. If not, it will only be a matter of time before your guest
has their own closet or drawer space in your home.
I suggest the One-Day Bag Stay (ODBS). Think of it this way,
if you go out on a date [see The Socialite: You Free Tonight?] Friday night, the odds are that youll get back home
fairly late. A one-day bag is self-explanatory; your guest has one outfit for
Saturday and on Sunday, they can either put on what they wore on Friday, or go
home. Either way, theyre going home.
And finally, the convenience trap. After successfully making
the first two mistakes, the convenience trap seals the deal. Since youre
practically living together, small talk takes a turn towards the possibility of
making your living arrangements official. You begin to think about how much
money you could save if you had someone taking on half the bills, and viola,
youre a live-in couple.
The lease is under your name and states that the apartment
should only house one adult, so by moving your significant other in with you,
the lease is in jeopardy of being broken; but who cares about that formality?
Ok, so the first month has gone by, you go over the numbers
and find that you both pocketed $500. Were going to Disney World! Well not so
fast. Instead of investing your savings, you decide to buy the new iPhone, accruing
another bill for services. You receive a phone call from your roomy that
theyve just been in a car accident. Your roomy is fine, but their car is
totaled; not to mention that their trunk is full of items from a shopping spree
which tanked their $500 to $24.
Without transportation, it only took your roomy two weeks to
lose their job, leaving you as the sole provider until they get work. Not to
mention that your roomy has maxed out credit cards and no money saved in the
For the first month, your roomy is in your home watching
court shows, ESPN and/or soap operas all day; eating the food that youve
bought and taking three showers a day. Youre utility bill, once $55 a month is
now $120 a month, because they must have the heat up to 85 degrees. Two weeks
of food once cost you $150 every two weeks; now it costs $270. You didnt
factor in that they dont eat the same foods you do.
One month out of work turns into three months, and now
youre losing financially, emotionally and possibly losing your mind. Guess
what? This is when your roomy reminds you that youre still in a relationship
with them by complaining that youre not taking them out as much anymore or
buying them gifts. How grateful is that?
So how do you get them out of your home? You have to
construct a backbone. You have to finally open up your mouth and stop the
bleeding. Yes, it will be hard to wean your guest off their dependence in you.
You will feel sorry for them. If youd like, you can give them a certain amount
of time before they must be out of your home.
The choice is yours. My choice is prevention. The Legend of
Brown (rest his soul) sang it
best, You dont start none, there wont