Now, he and I are kaput. My flatscreen TV is still sitting pretty, but it is a daily reminder of our relationship and my current single status. Who is going to help me dismount my television when I move in two weeks? Will I have to suck it up and put in on my head, hoping that my I-am-woman-hear-me-roar-act doesn't land me in the ER?
My TV dilemma has got me thinking about other things I wish he'd done before breaking up. It's not just about my move -- I really wish I would have put my ex to work! He was supposed to teach me how to do a cartwheel on the beach. Yes, he helped me move in to my apartment and carried most of the boxes, but that wasn't enough!
OK, maybe it was.
If you're currently in a relationship that you are thinking of ending, don't make the same mistake I did. Put your now-boyfriend to work before he becomes your then-boyfriend. Here are seven things to have your boyfriend do before you break up.
1. Exterminate the Bugs
Just last week I ran into my bathroom like someone had been chasing me for block. What had me in such a frantic hurry? I saw a silverfish crawling up my bedroom wall. The only thing I could think of is to run, grab the RAID, and pray that the dead silverfish didn't fall on my hair (or that I didn't die of toxic fumes.) So, before you dump your man, make sure he exterminates, especially before ant season.
2. Rearrange Your Furniture
Whether you buy a new armoire or really want to move your coffee table without scratching your hardwood floors, your soon-to-be-ex is the perfect man for the job. Let him bring over some of his friends to help with the manual labor. You can sit back, point at where it all needs to go, and plot your break up while they sweat it out.
3. Flip Your Mattress
They say you're supposed to flip and rotate your mattress every three months. But, have you ever tried flipping a mattress on your own? You can't! At least I can't. That's when your man comes in. Make sure he flips it and rotates it before he is out the door.
4. Take You to Home Depot
I rarely go to Home Depot alone. If I do, I feel out of place. I don't know what half the tools are called or what they do. Just a few days ago, I went to Home Depot with a friend to find moving boxes, and even that was a process. What is the best size? What are the dimensions? I'm not a mathematician! That's why I suggest you get everything you need from Home Depot while your man is still in the picture.
5. Paint Your Home
If you're anything like one of my cousins, you like to redecorate often, which includes painting your home. I've painted my apartment on my own in the past, but it's a lot of work. Unless you want to hire someone or bribe friends to come over for a "painting party," have your man put on some overalls, and pick up a roller brush.
6. Unclog Your Drain
I have really long hair. And really long hair, even when healthy, sheds. So, my shower drain always gets clogged! I hate having to stick my fingers in there. Sometimes it's so bad, I have to wait for the handyman to unclog the drain before I can shower. If my ex was still around, this would be his parting gift.
7. One Last Cuddle
Sleeping with a man is not just about having a warm body beside you...it's also about intimacy. I love to cuddle. It makes me feel loved and protected. So before you wish him goodnight, let him hold you one last time.
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