04/12/2013 11:50 am ET Updated Jun 12, 2013

25 Ways I Will Be A Better Wife Next Time

"For marriage to be a success, every woman and every man should have her and his own bathroom. The end."
- Catherine Zeta Jones

It's easy to diss your ex. But, acknowledging that really does take two, what were your shortcomings in the relationship? What will you do differently next time?

If I get a do-over and remarry, I hope I will be a different kind of wife. A better wife. This is how I will be in my next marriage:

  1. Be more adoring.
  2. More appreciative.
  3. I won't nag.
  4. Or pick.
  5. We'll have separate bank accounts.
  6. And a prenup.
  7. I won't talk trash about his family. Even when he's going off about his alcoholic, abusive, philandering, compulsive-lying relatives, I will keep my pie hole shut.
  8. Let stuff go.
  9. Let lots and lots and lots of stuff go.
  10. Ensure we have enough real estate so everyone has space that is exclusively their own.
  11. Always earn enough to support myself and my kids by myself.
  12. Believe that my career and income are just as important to his -- even if I earn less.
  13. Laugh about his annoying habits.
  14. Laugh at my habits he finds annoying.
  15. Accept that his shortcomings -- small or large -- do not reflect on me. (Unless those shortcomings are really bad.)
  16. Fight fair and fast.
  17. Let stuff go.
  18. Make sex a priority. No matter what.
  19. No intentionally farting in front of each other.
  20. Or using the bathroom with the door open.
  21. I won't expect him to change.
  22. I'll compromise more.
  23. And listen more.
  24. Let him have his way more.
  25. Put my energy into what is good in the relationship, and not dwell on the other things.