Mr. Noph and I had lived together for 3 years before we decided we could share a chest of drawers. We'd moved together twice. Like you, in the early days we were on a fast track. His moving in was less of a step and more of a slow process over a year of all but his largest things ending up in my house (I lived alone, he with room mates.) I'd given him a closet for his stuff in the apartment I had when we started dating
. When we moved the first time, he took a closet which had some lovely built ins. It wasn't until we were in our current house for a year and some home remodeling caused the the need to move his stuff from the tiny closet he had picked out when we had first moved in. His stuff was in various boxes, back packs, milk crates, etc. Only when we were faced with a pile of his clothes on our bed did we feel we were ready to take a big step in our relationship
.....SHARING DRAWERS. Still, he has one drawer, I have the next. We still wont' actually let our clothes be in the same drawer together.
has its very own special time line. If he gave you keys, I think it will be just fine that you ask. Mr. Noph and I are both commitment phobs and are certain the only reason we are still together after four years is that it doesn't feel like we've been together that long. Every day is still new and fun with him, like we just met a few months ago and are still in that maddening think about you all the time and laugh with you all the time phase.
I know part of the reason Mr. Noph was slow to go ahead and just move in already was prior relationships
. A prior girlfriend had been a real pain about returning items to him he valued. For the first little while, make sure whatever you leave there you can live without just in case you decide you do not want to ever return to his place. It would seem weird to me he'd give you keys but a begrudge you a drawer or a milk crate.
I hope you two find as much happiness as I have and always have that "first few months" feeling. =)