Ready to tackle your spring projects? How about Spring Cleaning your relationship? Just like with your home projects, Spring is a great time to throw open the windows, let in some fresh air and renew the important relationships in your life. There are a lot of fun things you can do and you'll be glad you took the time to do them! Here are five tips to get you started.
1. Positive Thinking
Consider the important relationships in your life and make a list on a napkin or your laptop of who they are and why the matter. Take a moment today to remember something positive about each one of these people. If you are clearing out the cobwebs in your marriage or relationship, tell the person how much they mean to you.
It's often said that communication is the key to a good relationship. But, when one person doesn’t feel heard by the other it can be nearly impossible to communicate. Simply knowing your partner cares enough to listen can be helpful, even when you disagree.
3. Get to Know Each Other... Again
Whether you've been together for 3 years or 30 years, it's easy to assume we know our partner's every wants, needs, and irritations. But, it's impossible to know everything about your partner especially when life is in a constant state of change. Sit down and ask each other questions. If you're at a loss about what to ask, try one of these: What would you consider your ideal job? What's your favorite novel? What are your three greatest achievements so far?
4. Create Rituals
Whether it's a weekly date, reading a book together, or Sunday brunch, take time to renew and build on your shared interests. If you are already committed to one or two activities, why not take this Spring to initiate a new one?
5. Toss out the garbage
Just like old clothes can clutter up your closet and prevent you from seeing your favorite shirt, hanging on to old arguments and past hurts can eat away at the foundation of your relationship. Make peace with old wounds and try to see it from your partners perspective. This way you can move on to what is blooming this Spring.
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