Relationships are a lot like car engines: Complex, a little messy and oh-so-powerful. To keep them running their best, they need a lot of TLC. From filling the tank with quality gas to regular tune-ups, wheel alignments and full-blown under-the-hood checkups, the better you take care of your car -- or in this case, your relationship -- the better condition it will stay in for a longer period of time.
Keep your relationship running its best and avoid the need for major repair by following this maintenance routine:
GAS: Weekly TLC
Go on an actual date.
Have morning before-work sex.
Give/get a foot rub.
Pay a genuine compliment.
Engage in an really passionate lip lock.
Do an extra-courteous gesture, such as de-icing the other's windshield, making a favorite breakfast, etc.
Watch a favorite TV show together.
Play a board game.
Take a 20+ minute walk together.
TUNE-UPS: Monthly TLC
Give each other a "get outta jail free card."
Do the other person's assigned chore (trash duty) or typical errand (dry cleaning pickup).
Prepare an at-home spa night (alternate months), complete with music, candlelight, massage and foot soak.
Have a romantic home-cooked meal.
Give the other a day all to himself, if you have kids.
Go on a double date.
Get waxed/trimmed in all the right places.
Balance your budget (if you cohabitate).
Go on a girls'/guys' only night.
Have a lazy day together.
Immerse yourselves in something cultural, such as the theater, a street fair or a museum.
Do a relationship checkup by simply asking each other how everything is and if anything could be improved upon.
CHECK-UPS: Annual TLC
Go on a spontaneous adventure, if even just for the day.
Set mutual goals.
Learn something new together.
If you have kids, go on a weekend getaway without them.
Give a "for no reason" gift.
Get a makeover (yes, guys too!) to feel renewed and re-attracted to each other.
Take a break from each other (visit friends/family, or take a solo vacation).
Have sex in a new place, try a new position or visit an adult sex shop.
Make a homemade card or write a poem for the other.
Visit a place that is significant to your relationship (where you met, where you first kissed, etc.).
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