8 Power Couple Life Hacks to Keep Your Relationship Running Smoothly
Especially on the busy days
When life gets crazy, you and your S.O. have to get creative. If you don’t, how the heck are you going to juggle friends, kids, work, sleep, a garage that needs to be repainted and a difficult mother-in-law who needs to be handled? These eight hacks are game changers for the days when you need a little extra help keeping love (and life) on track.
SET UP A SHARED GOOGLE CALENDAR
You both have all-over-the-place schedules. You also both have Gmail accounts. Merge the two by setting up a “couple” calendar to keep track of busy weeks and weeknights when your free time (aka potential date nights) actually aligns. Simply log into your Gmail and open up the calendar tab. There, on the left-hand side, you’ll see a drop-down menu next to “My Calendars” with the option Create a New Calendar. Once you’ve got it set up, share it with your dude and voilà--your joint social life is organized, all in one place.
AND A SHARED AMAZON PRIME ACCOUNT
If you’re in the habit of stocking up on toilet paper (and other household items), you and your partner can avoid duplicate purchases by linking your Amazon Prime accounts and logging in to check recent orders before you buy. The best part? The service--called Amazon Household--gives you the option to add another person at no additional cost.
INVEST IN TWO SEPARATE DUVETS
The fight over cover stealing is real. Solve the problem by replacing your single duvet with two smaller ones ( “his” and “hers,” if you will). Apparently, Swiss couples swear by this bedtime practice--and so can you.
AND SET A SNOOZE LIMIT ON YOUR ALARM CLOCKS
Add this to your a.m. rule book: You guys are only allowed to hit snooze twice. After that, it’s up and at 'em--or the sleeping partner without the earlier wake-up call has permission to kick you out of bed.
ORGANIZE 10-MINUTE “TOGETHER” CLEANUPS
Before bed, set a timer for ten total minutes and team up to tackle the kids’ playroom, the dishes or any lingering clutter that’s driving one (or both) of you batty. When the timer goes off, you’re done, but you’d be amazed at how much you can accomplish together.
TAG-TEAM NAMES YOU CAN’T REMEMBER AT PARTIES
You walk into a party. You see someone you know but whose name you can’t remember. Before you approach, cue your man to introduce himself first (and vice versa with folks he can’t quite recall). This way you avoid seven panic-filled seconds of playing name that face.
SET UP SEPARATE LAUNDRY HAMPERS
Just because you merged your household doesn’t mean you need to merge your laundry. Sure, you might offer to toss in a couple of his whites if you’re doing a lighter load, but sorting socks is a major time-suck. Don’t double the workload by mixing his and hers.
AND MAKE TIME FOR DAILY CATCH-UPS
OK, so you can’t meet up for dinner every night. Find creative ways (like walking the dog or G Chatting at lunch) to connect and debrief on your day. The bottom line: Checking in is important. (We’re pretty sure even George and Amal schedule nightly Skype sessions.)