- Don’t own a drill.
Men love power tools don’t we? They make you feel manly, some of them look like guns and sometimes we can use them to punch through walls and show those bricks who the boss is. They’re not for me though. Oh no. I take a very firm stance on owning any kind of tool. I have a hammer and some screwdrivers. You may well ask why that is and I may well tell you. In fact, I’m about to. As soon as you own any kind of tool, your partner will find a use for it. Now some of us are pretty useful when it comes to DIY. I’ve managed to hang some pictures and re-decorate the house. But I draw the line at drilling into walls. It’s not that it’s really too hard, I’m just very lazy and will often only manage a half assed job at best. And as a lazy man, I don’t want my sleep interrupted by a wall full of shelves collapsing at 3 am.
- Choose your chores wisely
Some chores can actually be awesome. They can provide a fortress of solitude, giving you some precious moments of isolation, or at least an excuse to be standing still admiring the view. A few examples include cutting the grass, doing the washing up and my personal favorite doing the vacuuming. I understand some people own a new fangled device called a dishwasher. Not in my house. Washing up means you get some time just to think about stuff. Any stuff you like. It’s your time, do what you want with it. The same goes with cutting the grass, but with the added bonus of fresh air and sunshine. As for vacuuming, I just really enjoy it for some reason.
- Decide what’s worth fighting for.
Arguments are unavoidable. Every couple has them and like a forest fire, they can be healthy. Some are extremely stupid and petty. In fact the majority of them are really, really dumb and completely pointless. Now I’m not saying you should just give in to anything, if you do that then your partner will lose any respect for you. What I am saying is that you should be prepared to jump on a grenade and let it eviscerate you occasionally. This leads to two things. Firstly you get to carry on watching television and secondly you get to the make up sex a lot quicker. Not too quick though. That just leads to more arguing *wink, wink*
- Sometimes, sleeping on the couch isn’t all that bad.
Who doesn’t like camping out sometimes? You get the big TV, the fridge and various other home entertainment gadgets. It can get cold on the couch though, so if you’ve stormed out of the bedroom without turning back, make sure you grab a coat or a blanket on your stomp down the stairs. A pillow can sometimes be useful too. However if you take this route then I suggest you be prepared for some major making up the next day. The sleeping on the couch option should only be taken when you’re sure of victory.