Valentine’s Day is the time of year when we are most likely to take stock of our romantic relationships and analyze what we are doing right and wrong. This Valentine’s Day, we’re celebrating the little things that you can do throughout the year to not only keep the peace, but build an interdependent relationship where both you and your partner can thrive. Since household chores and maintenance can often be a source of friction between spouses, we have provided our top tips for keeping your sweetheart happy around the house:
- 1. The Communicator:
Communicate with your spouse about what you hope to accomplish around the house, both on a short-term and a long-term basis. You may have certain tasks that need to be completed this year: maybe your home needs a new roof, or your spouse has asked you to paint the bedroom. There may be other jobs that need to be done immediately, such as shoveling the driveway after a heavy snow.
Communicating ensures that you and your spouse are on the same page about what jobs need to be done and when. That way, no one is surprised or inconvenienced when one spouse decides to spend an entire Saturday cleaning out the gutters.
- 2. The Organizer:
Can you really organize your way into someone’s good books? Keeping lists of chores and maintenance tasks can be a great way of keeping track of everything that needs to be done in your household. It can include weekly chores such as vacuuming or seasonal tasks that need to be tackled once a year. Lists can help prevent you from forgetting what needs to be done. Both you and your spouse are sure to appreciate not having to nag each other to complete your assigned chores.
- 3. The Cleaner-Upper:
Take responsibility for your own mess. If you undertake a chore or task around the house, make sure that you clean up after you are done. Don’t leave tools or cleaning products lying around for someone else to put away.
- 4. The Divide and Conquerer:
Divide the chores. You and your spouse are a team, so why should only one of you be responsible for all the chores and household maintenance? You may decide to take turns doing the least desirable chores, or you and your spouse may disagree about which chores are least desirable, enabling each of you to happily accomplish the chores that your spouse hates or finds difficult. However you divide the chores, though, remember to express your appreciation for everything that your spouse does around the house.
- 5. The Special One:
Take the initiative to do something extra, that you haven’t been asked to do. If you really want to make your sweetheart happy, you can take on a chore or task that usually falls under your spouse’s domain.
And, heck, if you can’t do it all yourself, but those nagging little chores are a source of friction and prevents you from focusing on the good stuff in your life, then outsource it and get it done. To Do Done Handyman Service is Ottawa’s premier handyman service, and will show your home the love and attention it deserves, so that you have time to give your sweetheart the love and attention they deserve.
Happy Valentines Day!