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4 tips to live together in harmony if your partner is a ‘neat freak’

We have to be honest: someone who is very like, often has it easier. For example, they always know where everything is. (Keys? On that locker in the hallway, gsm? In the pocket of your coat.) If you’re in a hurry, this character trait can be a true godsend. But there is always a downside to the medal if you are not a neat freak at all and your partner is, that can cause frustration. So, you deal with the cleanliness of your love.

Do a task every day
It can seem like a daunting task to clean and clean up many things every day, and that is why you also divide your attention better. Hang your coat effectively instead of throwing it on a chair when you get home, putting things in the dishwasher; they are small things that your partner will really appreciate. They will see that you are struggling and perhaps even more important: that you listen effectively when they ask you something.

Stop sarcasm
It is sometimes difficult not to laugh when you see your partner brushing the bathroom with a toothbrush or if he or she is wiping the dust for the umpteenth time this week. More think for a moment. Your partner does this because she likes to live in a clean and tidy house, and you will probably also roll up your sleeves for you too. So instead of making a comment, a thank you may be wondering.

Listen
Yes, you always leave all the cupboard doors in the kitchen open when you unpack something. The chances are really great that your sweetheart is right (even if you do not want to admit it). But ask yourself the question: ‘Is this a habit that I can change?’ Just think about the benefits, your partner will be happy, you have fewer discussions and the kitchen looks better. Win-win-win!

Create ‘dump zones’
And then we are not talking about a strategic place to make a difference. No, a place where the whole family can leave their belongings without worrying about order and cleanliness. Think: a large basket or chest in the bathroom, a basket in the hallway where keys and wallets can be placed, a slide in the kitchen where anything and everything ends up.

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