You love him and were happy when he moved in. You’d still rather live with him than without him, but he’s such a mucky pup! Your once-pristine place is now a state. These are just some of the things he does that drive a tidy girl like you mad…
1. Leaves his shoes on
He’ll come in and, despite the weather outside, won’t remove his shoes. So he’ll cover the floor in muddy footprints. And when he’s been gardening, he’s made the lawns and flowerbeds outside all neat, but then traipses grass cuttings and plant debris all through the house on his shoes and clothes, making the house scruffy.
2. Never uses a coaster
You’ve placed the little mats all over the place, and yet he’ll put his drink on an area without a coaster and you watch in horror as brown stains form on the surface beneath. Cloth, quick!
3. Keeps all his junk mail
Letters that are addressed to him are never opened immediately and when you nag him into opening his post, he then leaves it all in a pile. You glance at it when he’s not looking and most of it is advertising bumph for stuff he’s not interested in, like gym membership and loans.
4. Won’t empty the bin
If there’s no room to put his rubbish inside the bin, then rather than empty it, he’ll shove things in so it’s overflowing and stuff’s about to fall out onto the floor.
5. Refuses to wash out recyclables
When he can be bothered to recyle stuff, he throws empty cans, plastic butter and milk containers straight inside the transparent recycling bag without rinsing them out first. Before long, they start to stink.
6. Lets grease congeal in the frying pan
Doesn’t matter what high-fat content food he’s fried (yes that means you, sausages!), once he’s finished, he just leaves the pan on the stove and the grease congeals in the pan. He says he’s waiting for it to cool. More like waiting for you to clean it…
7. Forgets to take receipts out of his trouser pocket
So when said receipts end up in the washing machine, they shred into tiny pieces, cover the rest of the laundry in bits, not to mention the floor when you take his trousers out and shake them out before hanging out to dry.
8. Puts socks into the washing basket bunched
More washing woes! Not only are the socks still bunched so they don’t get clean, they’re also inside out. At the end of the cycle they’re still grubby and have to be unfurled and turned the right way and put back in for another wash.
9. Doesn’t unbutton shirts for the wash
We haven’t finished with our laundry rant! But we’ve been cheeky as we’ve used a photo of a man with an unbuttoned shirt – for which we make no apologies! However, our man leaves his shirts buttoned when he puts them in the washing bin. So they end up clean, but fastened. Before ironing, they have to be unbuttoned so they can be pressed properly (yes, you do his ironing, but he does all the cooking, so it’s a fair exchange)!
10. Causes total chaos when he cooks
Talking of him doing all the cooking, he does and he makes fantastic food. But unlike those chefs you see on telly wiping down when they’ve finished, that doesn’t apply in his case. When he’s finished cooking, the place looks like it needs redecorating. Luckily, you’re a dab hand with the Mr Muscle and can soon get it back to resembling your beloved kitchen. Although he does joke that it’s a room you wouldn’t visit except to clear up after him!
11. Read all about it!
He brings free newspapers home from work every day and they pile up all over the place. It’s beginning to get ridiculous. He says he’s still reading them and when he’s finished he’ll recyle them himself. Yeah, of course he will!
12. Dumps damp towels on the floor
After he’s had a shower, he never bothers to hang up his wet towel. It’s just discarded on the floor in a heap and so doesn’t dry out in time to be used by the next person and it gets grubby.
13. Go hang it!
Just inside the front door in the porch are handy hooks for hanging coats and hats on. But why bother when you can come inside and bung em on the back of a chair! And those pesky shoes we mentioned at the start of our list have made it into the house, too, and they’ve left their mark because it’s raining outside. And so, just like the mark left by his non-coastered drink, we’ve come full circle!
What can’t you stand about living with a messy partner? Let us know below…