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Every marriage is bound to encounter a few bumps along the road, especially when you're first starting out. We're here to help you out with solutions to couples issues and common newlywed arguments. First, find out about the tried-and-true stuff your parents probably wish they'd known. We've sorted out the newlywed "rules" you can ignore from the relationship mistakes you need to avoid. Learn the right way to handle a fight and the solutions to the most common newlywed arguments. We've also got help for couples issues that are specific to the modern marriage. For example, the four rules of Facebook for couples, how to deal when you're married to a metrosexual, and handling coworker crushes. You can also read our expert Q&A for dealing with all kinds of couples issues. Find tips on making friends as a couple, managing work stress as a pair, and avoiding common newlywed arguments about stuff like cleaning and entertaining. We'll help you solve issues with everyone -- your honey, your couple friends, your in-laws -- and find solutions that work in every part of your life, from the bedroom to the office. From whether it's okay to tell friends about your issues to breaking out of a sex rut, we've got you covered. And don't forget your fellow Nesties! We've pulled together lists of real couple gripes and likes, Nesties' marriage secrets, and their most ridiculous fights -- you're sure to relate to something! Or find even more sympathetic ears with our relationships message board.

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18 Biggest Things Married Couples Complain About

Real couples reveal the quirky things that bug them about their spouse.

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Face it: No matter how much you and your partner love each other, you also get on each other’s nerves from time to time. We polled couples on what irritates them most about their significant other. Check out what they had to say -- we’re betting you can relate to at least one of these!

The Wives:

“He still leaves the toilet seat up, and it burns me up every time I go into the bathroom.” -- virgo&sag

“He constantly complains about where I keep things but refuses to put them somewhere else.” -- Kimbus22

“He leaves mail all over the counter, instead of putting it in the mail sorter three feet away.”
-- Mama2TwoBoys

“He still puts dirty utensils and dishes in the sink instead of in the empty or dirty dishwasher.” -- srgw

“He leaves soaking-wet towels on the floor, the bed and the couch. Meaning there’s a cold, wet spot there for hours afterward. UGH!” -- littlemisswitness

“He will not look behind anything in the fridge. He just claims whatever item he wants isn't there.”
-- Kimbus22

“Bless his heart -- he thinks I’m the ‘Keeper of All Things.’ ‘Have you seen my (fill in the blank)?’ ‘Do you know what I did with (fill in the blank)?’ ‘Where do we keep the (fill in the blank)?’ All the time.” -- lest12

“He throws clothes next to the laundry hamper but not in it! Why?” -- Gina P.

“He puts the garbage on the kitchen counter right next to the dang garbage can.” -- Kimbus22

The Husbands:

“She kicks me out of the bed when I snore!” -- Chris S.

“She leaves every door and/or drawer she touches either open or ajar. I am constantly banging into them. It's insane!” -- Nic L.

“It takes her a few weeks to unpack from a business trip.” -- David L.

“She paces behind me while I’m working.” -- Joe K.

“She gets too easily discouraged.” -- Christopher O.

“Her lack of communication skills.” -- Stephen TM.

“She doesn't hang the towel back up where it belongs after she showers.” -- Ethan G.

“She worries too much.” -- Brent D.

“She takes too long in the shower.” -- Widny P.

-- Rachel Sylvester

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