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Everything Means Something Else
This Houzz survey revealing that 12 percent of couples consider divorce during renovations seems like a joke all the way up until you are embroiled in your own remodeling. Then. Then you understand. Everything suddenly becomes symbolic. "What do you mean, let's expand the kitchen—so I can spend more time cooking for you?" a frazzled and totally-not-me wife might say. And a stressed and completely fictional husband might respond, "You realize that expanding your bedroom closet shrinks mine, right? Do I not get to wear clothes anymore?" Just remember to try to see things from his proverbial side of the closet. After all, this is not just your home or his home, it's your collective home, where you chose to live together.
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