Relationship Tips and Advice
Joachim Ladefoged/VII, for The New York Times Christian Andersen in his office at a pharmaceutical company in Copenhagen. TDC, Thorkil Sonne’s former employer, is Specialisterne’s oldest customer.
Heather says: Here’s a weekly chore schedule to help keep a clean house. Home Ec 101 gets a lot of requests for help figuring out how to get and keep a house clean. There’s no big secret here, it’s just a matter of dividing the chores into manageable chunks. Each day has one major chore and a minor chore to keep the routine simple. Once you have the hang of what’s expected click the image for a handy printable pdf for easy reference.
One thing that I feel I did very right earlier in my life was building a strong, communication-based relationship with my wife in the years before our marriage. We talked about everything , building up to a point where no topic was off limits between us and we could expect a truly honest answer from each other, and from that communication came a strong foundation of love and trust. It was perhaps the best thing either one of us have ever done, because it became the foundation of an incredibly strong marriage. One of the most difficult topics to discuss was money issues, largely because of the taboo nature of it. In fact, it took us years to break down that final wall, even though we had found a very strong and deep comfort level when it came to other topics, and we both found that when we finally started communicating about money, it was incredibly valuable.
Not every night will end with the two of you naked, sticky, and sweaty. “When you live apart, you make time for sex—any minute you can get your hands on each other, you do,” says Logan Levkoff, a sexologist and advice columnist. “But when you’re around one another all the time, the frequency of sexual activity may taper off. “The solution,” Levkoff says, “is still making time for intimacy but changing your expectations. Realize that you can be intimate without having intercourse.”