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10 Housekeeping Pet Peeves That Will Make Any Type-A Person’s Skin Crawl

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A maid would be awesome, but since I don’t have one and my husband travels a lot for work, I end up doing all the housework myself. I guess it’s a good thing, because when he returns or when family is over, I notice there are certain things that drive me unbelievably batty.

I’ve actually heard that there are people who put their toilet paper on the roll purposely with the paper going down the back of the wall, rather than over the top of the roll. This is the type of thing that gives me a twitch. It turns out there are a lot of things that make me twitch this way. I don’t know if I can blame it on my Greek and Italian genetics (my aunts in Greece iron their underwear and mop their balconies) – or if I’m just really type-A about cleanliness.

1. Washing a cup and placing it upside down in the cupboard to dry.

Hence trapping a mildewy smell underneath the cup. Gross.

2. Doing the dishes and leaving the silverware, or anything, dirty in the sink.

Why would you do this? Why would you ever do this. Almost every time my husband does the dishes, he leaves something unwashed in the sink. What gives? Are there some dishes that just don’t deserve to be washed?

3. Dusting around objects instead of clearing off surfaces before you dust.

Why bother?

4. Letting clean clothes sit in a pile – unfolded – for longer than a couple hours.

Congratulations – now everything needs to be ironed. I pride myself on never using my iron, so folding immediately is the way to go.

5. Opening something – like hotdogs- and not putting the open package in a Ziploc bag before you put it back in the fridge.

When my man does this I question our whole relationship. Hot dog juice dripping on other things in the fridge makes me vomit in my mouth a little.

6. Not moving area rugs to get all the crap trapped underneath when you vacuum.

Again, why bother?

7. Leaving empty toilet paper rolls on the back of the toilet when you change the roll.

Am I the only one who has an empty toilet paper roll collector living under her roof? Okay.

8. Wiping the surface of a foggy mirror after you shower with a bath towel.

GAAAHHHHHHH. Can you see yourself in the filthy mirror now?

9. Put anything that warrants covering in the fridge uncovered.

There’s an incredible invention called Saran Wrap. Not everyone appreciates its glory.

10. Reusing damp paper towels.

I’ll know I’ve turned into my mother when I start reusing paper towels. When she watches the kids there are used paper towels all over my kitchen counter. When I try to throw them away she says – Those are clean!

110 Comments

  1. Katherine Handcock

    June 10, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    My drier has this amazing, wonderful, all-time favourite setting called “wrinkle release”. Ten minutes and the clothes are back to wrinkle-free splendor, even if I forgot them in a heap for days. When this drier dies, “wrinkle release” will be VERY high on my list of expectations of the next one, because I am NOT going back.

    • FormerlyKnownAsWendy

      June 10, 2014 at 10:40 pm

      My closet has a “wrinkle release” option as well. It’s when you hang the wrinkled garment very nicely and flatten it down, and then SHOVE a ton of heavy garments up against it on both sides. In two or three days, in theory, your shit will be straight. (Or straight-ish).

      There’s also some kind of wrinkle-release spray I occasionally will use if the garment is REAL nice. I’m not ironing it, so one of these two better work.

    • Kitsune

      June 11, 2014 at 10:13 am

      I love wrinkle release spray. I have a travel size one in my desk at work for those wearing clothes from the floor pile running out the door days.

    • G.S.

      June 10, 2014 at 11:53 pm

      What is this magical model? I MUST KNOW THIS MAGICAL MODEL!!

    • M.

      June 11, 2014 at 7:28 am

      My “wrinkle release” is throwing something something back in the dryer with a wet washcloth…a couple minutes and it’s wrinkle free!

    • Guest

      June 11, 2014 at 10:38 am

      I literally do this almost every day since we let our crap sit in the laundry basket. Literally takes no time at all. Such a game changer!

    • Jessica Johnson

      June 11, 2014 at 1:36 pm

      Mine has a wrinkle release setting, but I use the wet washcloth method because I forget every freaking time. lmao.

  2. Megan Zander

    June 10, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    PREACH!

  3. Ursi

    June 10, 2014 at 6:09 pm

    I’m guilty of most of these things, I just suck at housework.

    Also, I’ve never noticed what side the toilet paper comes down on, the idea of having preference is just not something that enters my mind. I know some people do but I don’t get it.

    • Maria Guido

      June 10, 2014 at 9:49 pm

      You’re so lucky that you don’t notice that. It’s like nails on a chalkboard for me.

    • FormerlyKnownAsWendy

      June 10, 2014 at 10:37 pm

      I’m just happy that someone ELSE put the goddamned toilet paper roll on the holder. Clearly there’s some kind of special degree required to operate this complicated equipment, and I’m the only one in my house who meets the proper requirements. Or everyone else is a lazy bastard. Whichever.

    • Erin Murphy

      June 11, 2014 at 9:19 am

      There is that….. We used to argue about loading the dishwasher..My husband’s mom was never happy with how chores were done so he just quit doing them. When we got married I just told him “if they’re IN the dishwasher, you’ve done it right.”

    • SunnyD847

      June 11, 2014 at 8:07 pm

      I have conducted several tutorials on how to change the toilet paper roll in my house. They still don’t do it.

    • M.

      June 11, 2014 at 7:26 am

      My husband and I argue over which way the tp should go…I prefer it on the back side so you can tug it to rip it off…if you do that when it’s on the front you unroll the whole damn thing. I’ll put it on facing back and he comes behind me and changes it, then I change it back, and so on. This has been going on for 10 years.

    • Erin Murphy

      June 11, 2014 at 9:16 am

      Me too! We stayed with family on vacation last week and the tp was backwards in one of the bathrooms. It took a lot of restraint not to fix it.

    • Guest

      June 11, 2014 at 10:37 am

      If it is annoying me I fix it. I don’t even care. I’ll fix it in the work bathrooms sometimes.

    • Linzon

      June 11, 2014 at 10:46 am

      I don’t even know why it annoys me but it does. My husband claims he doesn’t care but he always puts it the other way around.

    • BexleyS

      June 11, 2014 at 11:23 am

      Oh God, this has got to be my only thing I’m weird about… The toilet roll has to come down the front, as if being offered to me

  4. Emily Wight

    June 10, 2014 at 6:10 pm

    We would be incompatible roommates. I do all of these things every day.

    • Maria Guido

      June 10, 2014 at 9:47 pm

      Damn you, Emily. You’re still my internet bff.

    • Emily Wight

      June 11, 2014 at 4:21 pm

      One day we’ll be together (in separate living situations with wildly different levels of cleanliness).

  5. Williwaw

    June 10, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    I am guilty of most of these, but I do have a few housekeeping pet peeves of my own (which should really be read by my husband!):

    1. Wiping the floor with a cloth and then returning the cloth to the counter. No. there’s a hierarchy. Once a cloth has been demoted to floor level it cannot move back up to the counter till it’s been through the washing machine.

    2. Not wiping liquids up off the floor immediately. Because I hate wet socks. See #1 after wiping the floor.

    3. Leaving glass containers, pens, keys, wallets, electric screwdriverss, cups of coffee, eyeglasses, Q-tips, gum, laptops, remote controls, cat treats, or anything sticky within a meter of the floor. Because we have a toddler.

  6. Rachel Sea

    June 10, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    You would cringe so hard at Mount Laundrymore, which is a near permanent fixture in my garage – though mostly for t-shirts and socks, and I giveth narily a shit if t-shirts are wrinkled. I clean under the area rugs about once a year, because getting all the furniture off the rug to roll it up and clean underneath is a massive undertaking.

    • Maria Guido

      June 10, 2014 at 9:47 pm

      Mt. Laundrymore! hahaha

    • Raquel

      June 10, 2014 at 10:25 pm

      in the dorms I lived in, a friend of mind had a roommate that had a massive pile of dirty clothes in her closet that my friend called Mount Washington

    • FormerlyKnownAsWendy

      June 10, 2014 at 10:33 pm

      Dear God, one of the boys across the hall had a pile like that that smelled so bad. One time when he left, his roommate and a bunch of us all brought in Lysol and Febreeze and hosed it down. It barely helped.

    • biggerthanthesound

      June 11, 2014 at 9:43 am

      haha…i call mine Laundry Mountain, too. Although, it is clothes stacked flat out of the dryer waiting for me to fold eventually…. usually while drinking some form of alcohol and watching t.v. after the kids are in bed.

  7. Obladi Oblada

    June 10, 2014 at 7:41 pm

    Allllll this (and more) makes me crazy. I’m generally hit or miss with your articles but I’m with you 100% on this one. Call me an anal retentive OCD neat freak if you want. I’ve been called worse. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  9. AlexMMR

    June 10, 2014 at 8:02 pm

    Not wiping down the table after 2 toddlers eat their oatmeal. WTF my darling husband??? Wipe it when it’s still wet, it’s one quick swipe! If you don’t, at lunchtime I’m desperately trying to sandblast oatmeal concrete from their eating surface while they are screaming at me to get to the table to eat because they see their food is ready and don’t understand what the 20 minute hold up is!

  10. Kay_Sue

    June 10, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    Damn, this list is timely, as I put off cleaning until this evening and just finished. #ItsSpotless #ThrowingTheKidsInBed

    1. We can’t do this, because our landlord would kill us. Yes, would literally murder us, in the front yard, and then place our heads upon stakes so that future tenants will take heed.

    2. I am so ridiculously obsessive about this that, while we have a dishwasher, I will handwash leftovers that don’t fit. This doesn’t happen often, but when it does to my husband, he’s okay with letting them sit until the next load. NOT I DAMMIT!

    3. I do this in between major dustings. I dust everything about once a week, because I have some kind of allergy that dust fuckin’ sets off like nobody’s business. When I do that dusting, I take everything off and put it back on. In between though, I just hit visible dust when it catches my eye.

    4. I am terrible about this one. I hate folding clothes. I’m also bad about wasting the electricity it takes to just run the dryer again if I don’t feel like folding them. I’m also terrible about letting my family run around in wrinkled clothes because fuck ironing.

    5. People…do this? What? No….That’s disgusting.

    6. I actually don’t vacuum underneath every time. I vacuum my living room a couple of times a week because kids plus my shedding dog means it’s disgusting approximately two minutes after I finish vacuuming. I do this about every other week to once a month. #SorryNotSorry

    7. I’m the only one that ever changes it, so no problem there.

    8. I…no. Who does this? Can we all just agree that this sucks because it doesn’t even work anyway???

    9. No. If you mess up the fridge, you clean the fridge. Period.

    10. We are paperless, so…no paper towels. Everything’s rags, sponges, and cloth napkins.

    In our house, I would add, who the fuck throws clothes on the floor MERE INCHES FROM THE HAMPER?!!!! Makes my head explode.

    • JenH1986

      June 10, 2014 at 8:30 pm

      Seriously with the hamper shit. Its literally inches away.

    • Kay_Sue

      June 10, 2014 at 8:41 pm

      My seven year old is the worst about this. He and I are stuck in a battle for the fate of the world, or at least the laundry.

      I will not, I repeat, I WILL NOT, leave my future son/daughter-in-law to deal with this habit. I will break it now that they may reap the benefits later.

    • JenH1986

      June 10, 2014 at 10:17 pm

      As the wife of a perpetual toilet roll paper non replacer and a hamper misser they will thank you

    • JD

      June 10, 2014 at 10:18 pm

      My husband puts his dirty clothes ON THE HAMPER LID! My eye is twitching just thinking about it!!!

    • allisonjayne

      June 11, 2014 at 9:11 am

      My wife just started keeping a pile of clothes that are worn but not dirty on top of the hamper. Last week, I, thinking that the pile of clothes sitting on top of the hamper was dirty laundry, silly me, put all of it in the hamper.

      She also has two OTHER piles of worn but not dirty clothes in our bedroom that she could have used rather than put them on top of the hamper.

    • guest

      June 11, 2014 at 10:44 am

      Get that girl some hooks! I do that with some of my clothes as well. We put up a thing of hooks in our bathroom & closet and use them for towels and my hanging up random-to-be-worn-again stuff. Keeps it off the counters, floor, hamper, etc. Also, when you hang it it doesn’t get all wrinkled.

    • Kay_Sue

      June 11, 2014 at 11:24 am

      I just replied to JD to say my husband does the same thing. That’s just ridiculous. I don’t know about you, but I”m not a mind reader and clothes in/near/on top of hampers signal DIRTY at the top of their lungs…

    • Kay_Sue

      June 11, 2014 at 11:23 am

      My husband does this with clean clothes. Like things he’s only worn once or twice–a hoody or a pair of shorts he would wear out for his last cigarette when he was a smoker–but would still wear again.

      Then he would get pissy when he wanted to wear it again and it was in the wash…what exactly he expected to happen when he put it there, I have no idea.

    • FormerlyKnownAsWendy

      June 10, 2014 at 10:46 pm

      When my kid pissed me off about her chores I very famously quit doing mine. She had to stand on the stool to do laundry, but by God she doesn’t piss me off anymore….. Edited to add….she was about 7. Enjoy!

    • Kay_Sue

      June 11, 2014 at 11:25 am

      We’ve started with loading the dishwasher recently because he’s getting bad about the “I’m boreds”. Fuck that noise, man. If you are bored, you can do stuff around the house because I swear to god, I’d love the chance to sit on my butt with a DS and say I am bored over and over…

    • allisonjayne

      June 11, 2014 at 9:14 am

      I refuse to iron (except for crafting purposes). My kid saw an iron in our apartment for the first time when she was like 2 years old, I had left it out as I had been stenciling some fabric the night before. She was all, “What is that? Does it make noise? Is it loud?”.

      If I need clothes to look nice (for like, a job interview or something), I hang them in the bathroom while I take a hot shower.

    • Kay_Sue

      June 11, 2014 at 11:26 am

      I am seconding your last sentence so hard. I used to do this with my work clothes daily, actually. I had to shower anyway….

      We did have a similar moment when my in laws stayed with us in February. My MIL was ironing a shirt for FIL, and my three year old was fascinated. He loved the noise it made when she hit the steam button…I was worried we would have an incident because I wasn’t sure he could keep his hands off of it.

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  12. JenH1986

    June 10, 2014 at 8:27 pm

    The damn toilet paper roll never makes it off in my house. I am the only one who replaces it! Arghhhhhhh.

  13. Alex Lee

    June 10, 2014 at 8:46 pm

    1. I can understand inverting the cups WHEN THEY ARE DRY – this prevents stuff from landing inside the cup – keeping the inside clean.

    2. Wife is guilty of this one. To her, “doing the dishes” means filling the dishwasher once – so she will load it up with the largest pots and pans, leaving the rest of the little items (my god, the tupperware lids) in the sink.

    I used to do #5 but I have changed my ways. Hot dog water is contained. Same for defrosting meats in the fridge – put it on a plate to catch drips.

    8. I wipe steam away with a clean towel – no streaking in my house unless it’s me.

    9. Son does this. He also leaves silverware in food, in fridge, uncovered. You two should meet.

    Ironing underwear? After burrito night? No iron deserves that.

    • FormerlyKnownAsWendy

      June 10, 2014 at 10:44 pm

      Yeah, stuff landing in the cup…..My parents always left the cups right-side up in the cabinet. That’s how, as a teen, I walked by and swiped my mom’s drink she had just poured (just to be a smartass teen) and brought it to my lips, only to feel SPIDERY LEGS on my lips. I spit that drink all over. A brown recluse had fallen in the cup and apparently, when she filled it with tea, it floated and she didn’t see it.

      Yeah, all the cups in our house are upside down. For eternity.

    • Maria Guido

      June 10, 2014 at 11:39 pm

      NOOOOOOOO. Why would you do this to me?

    • FormerlyKnownAsWendy

      June 10, 2014 at 11:46 pm

      I wish I could tell you I was making it up….

    • jo

      June 10, 2014 at 11:47 pm

      Except in Florida it would probably be a cockroach!

    • keetakat

      June 11, 2014 at 9:48 am

      …and the ones in Florida fly…fly fly fly into your face. >ยบoยบ<

    • meteor_echo

      June 11, 2014 at 4:39 am

      Oh my god, fuck me running. I’d have a heart attack if I nearly drank recluse tea.

    • FormerlyKnownAsWendy

      June 11, 2014 at 10:33 am

      LOL. Fuck me running and recluse tea. Best comment ever.

    • K2

      June 11, 2014 at 5:27 am

      I’d have to rinse my mouth over and over again, whilst shaking uncontrollably.. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • FormerlyKnownAsWendy

      June 11, 2014 at 10:31 am

      That is pretty close to what happened. I believe I soaped my mouth.

    • Lilly

      June 11, 2014 at 8:52 am

      take a hairdryer to the mirror — 30 seconds of hot air will cause all the steam/fog to dissipate/evaporate and leave it streak free.

    • Lilly

      June 11, 2014 at 8:52 am

      shit, that was supposed to reply to Alex

    • allisonjayne

      June 11, 2014 at 9:04 am

      WHAT! NO!

    • Guest

      June 11, 2014 at 10:40 am

      How I learned to not keep open containers (for me it was mostly pop cans) as a teen…went to finally pick a couple up to throw away and a spider crawled out of one. Gag me. I also now use clear glass cups and I check everything before I touch it for a multitude of reasons including my husband putting stuff away without first making sure the dishwasher didn’t just harden nasty food to it.

    • PAJane

      June 11, 2014 at 4:03 pm

      I had a teacher who took a canned soda to the beach. A bee crawled into it, unnoticed. Stung him in the back of the throat. Bad news bears.

    • Guest

      June 11, 2014 at 5:32 pm

      I’ve actually heard of this happening quite a bit. EEeeeeek

    • G.E. Phillips

      June 11, 2014 at 10:46 am

      Literally my worst nightmare. Fuck all the spiders.

    • ted3553

      June 11, 2014 at 2:24 pm

      Argh! my husband does your #2 and it drives me crazy.

  14. igottagetoutmore

    June 10, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    Can we start a poll? Who washes their kitchen towels with their whites/underwear?

    I don’t. I have about 20 so I make a load of just those…I worked with a girl who to save money and use laundromat threw it all together…sorry to me it seems like you should just wipe your balls on my plates…

    • Kay_Sue

      June 10, 2014 at 9:21 pm

      I separate them too. Since we are paperless, I also keep separate cleaning cloths for the bathroom and those are also laundered separately from the kitchen towels. Kitchen towels and napkins are heavily segregated around here.

      Coincidentally, I actually got this philosophy from a sex toys party. The person hosting the party said, “Never store your vibrators in your sock drawer, because you don’t always get all the bacteria out of your socks.” It stuck with me and now guides how I do laundry. I’m weird like that, I guess.

    • LadyClodia

      June 10, 2014 at 9:38 pm

      I wash kitchen towels with bathroom towels.

    • chill

      June 10, 2014 at 10:07 pm

      I can’t either. If I’m desperate, I’ll do it with my underwear (because I keep ’em mostly clean, if you know what I mean), but nevereverneverever with dh’s underwear. My mom ruined me when she told me that she used to separate my dad’s underwear from ours in the laundry, and I can’t look at dh’s undies the same. Sorrynotsorry. And even though the kids are just as gross, my demented reasoning is that they are young which means they are unsullied (neither are teenagers yet), so their underwear hasn’t reached full-grossness-maturity yet.

    • allisonjayne

      June 11, 2014 at 8:53 am

      Ha. I don’t do that but I never actually thought about the grossness of dirty underwear on my kitchen towels – I don’t do it because my kitchen towels STINK and don’t want them contaminating my gitchies.

    • Guest

      June 11, 2014 at 10:47 am

      Yes! I would be concerned about my nasty kitchen towels messing up my nice clothes before I’d be concerned about underwear touching a towel that touches the counter.

    • Guest

      June 11, 2014 at 10:47 am

      Yes! I would be concerned about my nasty kitchen towels messing up my nice clothes before I’d be concerned about underwear touching a towel that touches the counter.

    • Kendra

      June 11, 2014 at 9:29 am

      Alright. I will buck up to the challenge. Yes, I was all the things with all the other things. I’m alllll about the minimal laundry loads. #noshame

    • G.E. Phillips

      June 11, 2014 at 10:50 am

      Dishtowels can get washed with sheets and/or regualar towels, and underwear can get washed (in a pinch) with sheets and/or regular towels–all of this in HOT water–but dishtowels may not be washed with underwear. Amen.

    • SA

      June 11, 2014 at 1:05 pm

      I don’t separate anything for the wash. It all goes in together (colors, whites, towels, underwears). If I can trust the washing machine to clean my underwear for reuse and to get salmonella off my dishtowels, I can trust it to make sure both come out clean if thrown together.

    • PAJane

      June 11, 2014 at 4:02 pm

      I only sepatate based on color, so it just depends which towel it is. Blue and purple Halloween dish towel with ghosties = jeans load. Red and orange pumpkins towel = red/pink load.

  15. Kelly

    June 10, 2014 at 9:25 pm

    Judge away. I don’t want you in my house anyways.

  16. SunnyD847

    June 10, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    My husband is an amazing “fancy” cook, meaning I do the regular cooking during the week and he makes one or two Cook’s Illustrated meals on the weekend. These meals always involve using every pot, pan, bowl, measuring utensil, and cooking gadget we own (which is a lot because he has a serious Sur La Table habit.) I am in charge of clean up. I don’t mind because I love the food, but I HATE that he stacks all the dirty dishes in the sinks so I have to clean it all out before I can start actually doing the dishes. I tell him this repeatedly, but he still does it every time. Sigh.

    • emily_bemily

      June 11, 2014 at 6:33 am

      MY HUSBAND DOES THIS TOO WHAT THE HELL. I told him it makes it harder to do the dishes or even get a glass of water. I even bought a dish pan to put next to the sink to stack dirty dishes. Still no.

    • PAJane

      June 11, 2014 at 4:00 pm

      YASSS. You can put the lunch dishes right in the sink because it’s 2 plates and 2 glasses. You absolutely cannot do this with all of the dinner dishes!

  17. chill

    June 10, 2014 at 10:11 pm

    Love this! However, since my mom had a stroke last fall and I’m really sentimental about her these days, I’m actually pretty happy that I sometimes re-use paper towels. I only reuse them for floor spills, but I think of my mom’s Depression-era upbringing as I do, and am grateful for her (and her parents’) sacrifices. <3

  18. LadyClodia

    June 10, 2014 at 10:17 pm

    1. Ugh, no. I don’t even like dry cups upside down in the cupboard.
    2. I do this.
    3. Guilty.
    4. Yes.
    5. NONONONO. I got into a fight with my FIL about opened, bloody, raw meat in the fridge, which he set on top of my english muffins. I was pregnant at the time, and extra on edge about cross contamination.
    6. n/a
    7. I don’t, but my 5 year old tries to hoard them.
    8. I can’t even imagine doing that.
    9. Nope.
    10. Uh, I guess I do, but in a very specific way.

    I’m not a great housekeeper, but I am quite obsessive about a few particular things. Clutter generally seems to win, though, but I am trying to get it under control.

    • FormerlyKnownAsWendy

      June 10, 2014 at 10:50 pm

      1. Put them upside down or risk swallowing spiders!!!!! I told the story somewhere else on this page and don’t wanna retell it and annoy people ๐Ÿ™‚

    • LadyClodia

      June 10, 2014 at 10:52 pm

      Oh shit, I never thought of that! Had a spider one night in the bathroom cup, absolutely horrifying!

  19. Garavriel

    June 10, 2014 at 10:46 pm

    My boyfriend would drive you nuts. He has like three piles of laundry scattered about his apartment at all times. On the floor in his room, on the floor in the living room, sometimes on the back of the couch.

  20. Courtney Lynn

    June 10, 2014 at 10:48 pm

    My husband puts his smelly (big understatement) socks on top of the dryer!!!

    ??????????

    The hamper is 3 feet away! GAH!

    • PAJane

      June 11, 2014 at 3:58 pm

      I love the smell of roasted sweat sock in the morning.

  21. love

    June 10, 2014 at 11:26 pm

    im so sorry haiti my heart is so easy to comfort you i want god to help me

  22. Bob

    June 10, 2014 at 11:33 pm

    4 – rarely need it and prefer to have it wrinkled – for sure

  23. Becky Dimly

    June 11, 2014 at 6:18 am

    My husband always leaves something in the sink whenever he washes up. ALWAYS. I don’t have guts to complain because hey .. at least he did the dishes. But it’s irritating. I’m glad I found someone who feel the same…

  24. M.

    June 11, 2014 at 7:18 am

    Neither me nor my husband are very fastidious. However, it absolutely drives me nuts that my husband puts dishes in the sink to soak without adding soap, so when you go to load the dishwasher everything is all greasy. SOAP!!! THAT’S IT!!! I don’t understand what is so difficult about this.

  25. Kendra

    June 11, 2014 at 9:19 am

    So, from this, I have learned that I am most definitely NOT Type A.

  26. Elizabeth

    June 11, 2014 at 9:25 am

    Oh man, I am the worst at housework. The only thing that really bothers me is getting a new roll of toilet paper and not putting it on the roll. It takes half a second. Come on.

    Re: wrinkly clothes — I hate ironing as well, but I’m awful about folding/hanging things right away. I bought a $20 handheld steamer from Target, and it’s my favourite thing ever.

  27. staferny

    June 11, 2014 at 9:40 am

    Yes to all of this!… except #4, I’m working on it but I still have a pile of dryer fresh clothes sitting on my ironing board from last night. Luckily I find ironing relaxing so I don’t mind fixing my laziness later.
    One thing that bothers me, that is really petty but makes me anxious nonetheless, is when someone actually takes the initiative to put the dishes away for once and they don’t put the knives in the block so that the handles are facing the same direction. I have issues with that, sometimes my bf will reverse a knife just to get to me, he gets punched.

  28. Angela

    June 11, 2014 at 9:55 am

    We could never, ever be friends. I know a few women like this and whenever I’m at their house I’m constantly judging myself wondering why I can’t get my shit together like they can. And having them over here is a nightmare because I’ll spend weeks trying to get my house to their standards so they won’t be judging me the whole time they’re here (which they probably do anyway since I never do get everything perfect). It doesn’t matter how nice you are. That’s just way too much stress for me to handle. There’s nothing that makes me feel more comfortable than seeing another home with dust bunnies on the baseboards and a pile of dishes in the sink.

    • Kendra

      June 11, 2014 at 10:02 am

      Now, that’s the kind of attitude a girl could get used to! I need more friends with dust bunnies!!!!!

    • Guest

      June 11, 2014 at 12:01 pm

      I always apologize about my house when I have people over but I am so relieved when I go to a friend’s house and it is a mess. We’re all human!

    • PAJane

      June 11, 2014 at 3:57 pm

      Oh, I breed them! They’re available for adoption.

  29. keetakat

    June 11, 2014 at 9:56 am

    My MIL had 6 children and they lived in an old victorian with a laundry shoot…I love this… so, each kid had a day of the week where they dumped their dirties down the shoot, at which point MIL laundered and dried them. Then she went over to the wall of 6 shelves and ejected the clean clothes onto that kid’s shelf. Her take on it? If you want folded, unwrinkled clothes, fold them; if not? Leave them and pick. She never had the laundry issue.

    • FormerlyKnownAsWendy

      June 11, 2014 at 10:37 am

      That’s amazing and I just might start leaving them a pile….. ๐Ÿ™‚

      I do leave them inside out if they were too lazy to fix it before they threw it in the hamper, so surely this is the next step.

    • keetakat

      June 11, 2014 at 10:49 am

      I just loved this lady..she was all of 4’5″ with the snappiest smolder when she was miffed. She also had an interesting take on dealing with the toothpaste cap issue (70’s, mind you); she had a plate that she set on the bathroom counter to catch the relentless oozing of toothpaste and once a week, she’d throw it in the dishwasher.

  30. G.E. Phillips

    June 11, 2014 at 10:43 am

    All of these things, ESPECIALLY number 5, Everything opened/cooked/cut up goes into a Ziplock or a Tupperware before it goes into the fridge. That’s like Food Storage 101. Also, people who think “taking the garbage out” means putting it near the door, or just outside the door. Are your legs broken? You can’t take it all the way out to the cans/dumpster?
    Honorable mentions: People who don’t clean top to bottom. I mean, that’s just common sense. Also, people who fold laundry on their floor (unless they literally JUST vacuumed)–people who don’t empty their bagless vacuum after they use it, and people who wipe the counter with the dishtowel or, worse, the sponge. I can’t. *dies*

  31. Guest

    June 11, 2014 at 11:11 am

    #4 I about died at that GIF lol
    #7 I keep a basket on the back of our toilets to keep all the toilet paper rolls. Our bunny loves to play with them and chew them up.

  32. ToastDon'tCare(aka LiteBrite)

    June 11, 2014 at 11:57 am

    I currently have a pile of clean towels sitting in a laundry basket in my hallway. They’ve been there since Sunday. I do it with clothes too, because I hate folding clothes. So, guilty on that.

    My two personal pet peeves that I wish my husband would read:

    1). Leaving the empty toilet paper roll hang there and leaving a new roll sitting next to the toilet. It takes you 10 minutes to take a dump. I’m sure you can find the time to put the new roll in.

    2). Leaving the clean Tupperware containers underneath the Tupperware cabinet instead of actually putting it away. There are no monsters in that cabinet. You can open it. I promise.

    I’m sure there are more, but I’m feeling rather generous towards him today.

  33. SA

    June 11, 2014 at 1:25 pm

    #3 – This is actually harder than just cleaning off all the objects and dusting. I’ve learned through lazy experience.

    #8&#9 Drive me INSANE!

    #4 Is the norm; however I can’t stand for more than a load to sit around unfolded. It ends up spilling out of the basket and into the floor and the clothes just seem dirty all over again!

  34. noodlestein

    June 11, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    Well, you should pray to #Jesusbeaswiffer, and maybe he’ll fix it for you! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  35. PAJane

    June 11, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    Nnnng, I wait about a month to do laundry, so I accept that this is at least in part my fault. But I’ll bust everything out into color-coordinated piles (red load, blue/green load, white load) and then knock them out one or two at a time. If I have clean laundry that I haven’t folded it’ll end up in a laundry basket. Boyfriend, in his attempt to tidy up, will dump ALL THE CLOTHES into the laundry basket. “Oh, well it was all dirty, so I just put it all together.” WELL IT IS NOW, THANKS.

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