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How To Keep Your Relationship Together, While Your House is Torn Apart

It’s no secret that any kind of stress can potentially put a strain on a relationship. The secret with renovation stress, like any other, is to get ahead of it by maintaining a positive attitude, and knowing when to take a break. For a more in depth look at how to prevent stress between you and your partner during a renovation, check out our video (and transcript) below:

 

Couples love doing renovations together, but they can sometimes be stressful–and sometimes that stress can turn into a lover’s quarrel. But don’t worry! We’ve been through it all, and we have some advice!

1. Laughter is the Best Medicine

couple laughing and painting

First remember that your stress is probably caused by the renovation itself, not by your partner. Sure, they may have measured the door frame in inches and written it down in centimeters…but it was an honest mistake! Okay, maybe they spilled paint all over the new hardwood floor. But it’s no big deal! Mistakes happen and it’s important to be able to laugh at them.

2. Take Quality Time (Out)

couple at romantic dinner

It might be the case that your partner is more stressed out than you are, so keep in mind that they may need a little support. Renovations can be all consuming, so try getting out of the house for a while. Go for a romantic dinner for two! (And try to forget that your house is a disaster zone.)

couple talking

If all else fails, talk it out with your partner. You’ll probably find that all you need is some quality time together…that doesn’t involve mixing plaster solution.

woman holding chocolate

Chocolates work too!

 

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Jill Canty

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