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How do long-term couples make it work? Sure, there are the big picture things like communication, honesty, and making the relationship a priority. But what about the day to day, minute, boring but important details? If you’re going to live together, have most meals together, conjoin your social lives, conjoin your friends, and become part of one another’s families, there are just going to be some practical hurdles to overcome. Couples who have been together for a really long time (at least half a decade) have a few tricks up their sleeves to make the whole thing go a bit smoother. They’ve hit the bumps in the road on things like keeping the spark alive and having a domestic partnership while still having fun. From scheduling sex to budgeting, here are pro tips from long-term couples.

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Scheduling sex

Seriously, if you don’t schedule sex, you will find that you don’t have sex for months on end. Something always fills up those little extra gaps of time. There is never nothing to do. And you need to schedule time to reconnect and relax before sex, too. You can’t just dive into the physical stuff or else it isn’t very good.

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