They may not seem much in the great scheme of things, but disagreeing on these little issues has been known to break up flatmates, families, even marriages!

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1. Do you need a top sheet underneath the duvet?

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Some say sheets protect, some say constrict. If you haven’t sorted this one out by your honeymoon, there might not be one.

 

2. Is it OK to break spaghetti in half before boiling?

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No, unless you want to be boiled alive by the Mafia. If you’re making dinner for your Italian date, stick to steak.

 

3. Does loo roll hang over or under?

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Forget about whose turn it is to buy toilet paper, make sure you have a house meeting about how to hang the darn stuff.

 

4. Does milk go in before the teabag goes out?

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This can also crop up in the workplace when doing the tea round. But at least you’re doing it, not like that new bloke who never does.

 

5. Should toothpaste be squeezed from the middle or end?

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If this is about to cause WW3 in your household, perhaps consider a pump dispenser.

 

6. Should you wash glasses or cutlery first?

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Before the water gets grimy,  decide what’s worse: smeary wine glasses or crusty forks. Maybe buy a dishwasher.

 

7. Is it ever OK to mix colours with whites?

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Depends if you like grey pants. But now there’s those ‘mixed load’ sheet thingies to throw in the laundry. Apparently they’ve saved many a marriage.

 

8. Is there a right way to dissolve tablets?

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You can drop the Alka-Seltzer in water or pour water on it. Either way, it’s best to sort the hangover before someone gets really grumpy.

 

9. How high should you fill wine glasses?

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For breathing purposes, the wide part of the glass is where the pouring should stop. For drinking purposes, use a tumbler.

 

10. Should the toilet seat stay up or down?

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If hubby is claiming superiority by leaving it down, check to make sure he’s not just hiding his bad aim.

 

11. Can you use the same knife for different picnic foods?

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Eating al fresco is so much fun, it doesn’t matter. Except for your vegetarian friend, who might not appreciate the duck-pate knife in the cheese.

 

12. Is it better to leave a little or finish the lot?

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If this important ground rule about fridge leftovers isn’t established amongst flatmates, the dreaded labelling system must be put in place.

 

13. Does it really matter if you don’t sort out the recycling properly?

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Hopefully, there’s some guy at the other end who will sift through all the plastic packaging. Now, who’s in charge of composting?