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Avoid the Ugly Fight
Your partner adores this particular thing, and more importantly, will never throw it out. You, however, believe with conviction that it does not work and never will. (So many of us have been in this exact position.) This is not a recliner I'm talking about. This is something like a collection of sports memorabilia or decorative birds. Whatever it is, if the person you love cares deeply about it, there's a way to make it work. In fact, someone out there—just like you—has probably already solved the problem. Just start looking. For example, I'm a big Googler—you'd be amazed to see what people have come up with. So, before you say no, before you pick the fight, do your homework.