Spring cleaning is a big topic right now! A few weekends ago, we cleaned our house from top to bottom and when we went outside for a few minutes, we ran into one of our neighbors that was doing the exact same thing. There is something about Spring that is just refreshing. Maybe its the rain? Or the flowers blooming? I’m not entirely sure, but its renewing and a common practice for everyone to clean out and reset. This got me thinking, we “spring clean” our stuff, but not really our relationships. We could probably all use a little fun refresh with our spouse, so here are 4 Ways to Spring Clean Your Marriage:
Ditch the Old
One of the first things I think of in spring cleaning is throwing out old stuff I don’t need anymore, so let’s start there. Clean up any old or current issues in your marriage that might be bugging you. The only way to really do this is honest communication. Set aside some alone time to talk to each other about anything that might be bothering you. Has something been bothering you about your spouse? Is there an unresolved issue you haven’t had time to discuss? Get it all out on the table respectfully in a safe environment. Remember this involves listening to each other and understanding. This not a time to “attack” one another, but a time to share and resolve.
Yep, thats right, simplify. Are there things in your life that are getting in the way of your marriage? Do you not have time for date nights anymore because of busy schedules? Do you not really talk at night due to television shows or cell phones? Really evaluate if you need to put technology down a little more for your relationship, or make time for date nights.
When you are in cleaning mode and getting rid of old things, you are bound to come across old memories. Embrace this in spring cleaning your marriage as well. Take time to reflect on old memories and laugh about good times. I love when my husband and I get caught up talking about old memories together. It takes me back to all the butterfly in my stomach moments and sweet times of love between us. This really stars up affections for each other and brings up fond memories.
Clean, Clean, Clean
When you are “spring cleaning” you tend to actually clean. Well, clean your marriage as well. Take time to put effort into your marriage. Is there an area you two can improve on? Do you need to get on the same page with your finances? Or do you need to improve your communication? Take this time to invest in your marriage. Maybe you even need to go away for a relaxing weekend with just the two of you.
I hope this really helps you on the road to spring clean your marriage. Taking the time and effort to invest in your marriage is HUGE! Spring is the perfect time to reset and reconnect with your spouse! Take advantage of it!