It’s February once again and being married for seven years this month becomes a “Couple Challenge Month” for me. Why? Because as we, me and my husband, count years together we’ve gone through different places for dates and vacation and we’ve given each other all sorts of presents as we celebrate birthdays, Christmas, new year, Thanksgiving and anniversaries together. So I am often caught off guard when being asked “what will you do for Valentine’s?”, because I always challenge myself to think for a better idea or for something new that will excite my husband. And to be honest it is not an easy task to come up with something new, practical and yet heartwarming.
Thankfully I stumbled upon a good book by Gary Chapman titled “The 5 Love Languages” and in that book, I learned people speak different love languages. It can be words of affirmation, quality time, receiving gifts, acts of service or physical touch. We communicate and define love on our own love language, however, the secret of a happy and lasting relationship is knowing the love language of your partner and be willing to “speak” with it clearly.
Looking back on our seven years of marriage I try to assess myself, what makes me really happy, and I realized that I am always on my best mood whenever me and my husband spend some quality time together. It doesn’t really matter where we are, I am totally fine even if we’re just at home as long I don’t need to worry about cleaning up the clutter around the house.
My husband’s love language, on the other hand, is an act of service. He always wears a big smile whenever I cook for him and when I prepare everything he needs before leaving to work. So it turns out that we are still compatible because our love languages both need time and that sincerity to spend it with each other undisturbed by our other responsibilities.
Let me just share with you a trick that I learned over the years, a trick that can buy you more time to spend with your partner and do things that will make you both happy and your relationship stronger. Hire a house cleaner. Based on studies an average household spends at least 20 hours a week, 80 hours a month or 960 hours a year for basic household cleaning so imagine that 40 days in a year that can be spent for a memorable vacation with your hubby.
But of course, others might argue valid concerns like safety and cost. That is why it is important to hire a dependable home cleaning partner like Perfect Clean. They have established their reputation in the industry so they can guarantee you quality service and safety. And for the cost, let me just ask you, if you will to choose a gift for your partner between an expensive item that he can use or a gift that will give you time to create priceless memories together?
The choice is still yours but as for me, I’m over and done with something new, practical and yet heartwarming because I realized that what will make me and my husband really happy is that precious time we can spend taking care of each other in the comfort of our perfectly clean home.