Do we live in Michigan or Rhode Island? Will we home school or send our kids to public or private school? Will we buy a house or rent a condo? Those are all big issues in marriage that could spark heated discussion if spouses have differing opinions. But when a decision is made, there’s a final resolution. The homestead state, type of school and the habitat are decided and – win, lose, or draw – everybody moves on.
Not so with the small stuff. The little day-to-day irritants often remain ongoing, unresolved, and a thorn in somebody’s already-annoyed skin. Here are 10 seemingly-little bathroom habits that have disproportionate power over determining whether there is peace in your home or ongoing-disharmony. Recognize anything on the list?
10 Bathroom Habits That Can Harm Your Marriage
10. Leaving laundry on the floor – because taking the extra two steps to the laundry basket or hamper can be exhausting after a long day.
9. Leaving a wet towel bunched up – usually by the one who doesn’t do the laundry and therefore doesn’t have to deal with the musty odor that it exudes after a day or so in that position.
8. Or, as bad, spreading out the wet towel over something your spouse planned to wear. Only amusing if you’re not the one in soggy pants.
7. Leaving a sliver of soap in the shower that wouldn’t be enough to lather up a mustard seed.
6. Leaving the toothpaste cap off resulting in your spouse getting a chunk of rubber cement on their toothbrush.
5. Leaving the toilet seat in the ‘wrong’ position. (You knew this one would make the list, didn’t you?)
4. Not rinsing out the bathtub/shower after use to rid it of hair, soap scum, or anything else that’s offensive and lingering.
3. Not putting tweezers, nail clippers, or other cruicial-to-an-immediate-need tool back where it’s suppose to go.
2. Putting the toilet paper on the roll backwards. Which way is backwards you ask? We both know that backwards is the position that causes your spouse to tell you for the hundred and third time that the roll is on backwards.
And the number one annoying bathroom habit that can cause marital strife? This 26 second video says it all!
So, what IS the right way to put toilet paper on the roll: should it roll toward you or away from you?
haha! And the toilet paper goes over the roll! 🙂
As far as I can tell, Lisa, that is the right answer – unless you have cats!
hahahahahahahahahahahaahahaha. Omigosh. The ones before 1 and 2, nada. I’m married to Felix Unger. BUT. #2. Oh good grief. He’s an idiot. Yup. I think the problem is that toilet paper doesn’t come with little flowers on it any longer. If it did it would prove my point that the TP comes down in FRONT, not in BACK. Sorry for shouting, but that’s what goes on here. And as for #1. Well, that’s me. And maybe I do it on purpose.
Almost as bad as #1 is that passive-agressive act of leaving the I’m-not-the-one-who-finished-it single square on the roll!
lol…guess I’ll go put out a new bar of soap!
That’s one that drives my husband crazy. I can use a bar until you can see through it and not think anything of it – he likes a bit of bulk. It took a few years, but I’m finally in the habit of putting a ‘stand-by’ bar out when it gets down to about half-size!
We solved this dilemma years ago. Separate bathrooms. The only reason I go into his is to clean it. 🙂
You’re so funny, Shel. Every other year.
Phew! Glad to hear you’re not overdoing it, Kim!
The toilet seat issue has ALWAYS been a huge deal to me, and thankfully, my hubby has always respected it. I so much appreciate it too!
I bet you do, Gina -nothing like an unexpected cold sit in the night to make one appreciate proper seat location!
First, Mad About You was a fantastically funny show right up until they had the baby and got way too neurotic. Don’t get me wrong – parenting shows are also funny, particularly when one has children. But that pair did not do well as parents.
The toilet paper really depends on preference, don’t you think? In this house, it is imperative that the paper hang in the back, not the front, because we have three cats. Paper in the front equals fun for kitties…not fun for the people who have to clean up after the toilet paper party!
I think I faded off the show about that time – in retrospect, that’s probably why.
With regard to how you put the paper on depending on preference, does it count that my preference is that it gets done my way?? I started to argue with you until I got to the cat part – makes total sense to not turn toilet paper into the new yarn ball! Thanks for visiting, Lisa!
Thank You Mari! I agree with you on how the toilet paper should go on the roll!
It looks like the ‘rolling forward’ method is clearly in the majority! I wonder if we just poll cat owners if we’d get a different result!
I’m with Mari on how the paper rolls. 🙂
Oh, the wet towel in a ball drives me insane! It doesn’t happen too often, only when he’s in a hurry. I guess I can deal with once a month.
I loved that show! Why isn’t it in re-runs?
It’s not in reruns anywhere? That surprises me. I sure was delighted to find that little clip – it was the one scene on the show that I specifically remembered (I wonder why??!).
Gawd— when you line it up that way, the bathroom is absolutely HAZARDOUS to marriage. Thanks for the laugh!!
And that’s before we get to the slippery, wet floor! Glad you stopped by, Julie!
After many of years of quarreling over our differing bathroom habits and expectations, my husband and I finally found a solution–separate bathrooms. If this is at all within anyone’s means, I highly recommend it. It didn’t eliminate all the problems, but it did mightily reduce those daily irritations.
Sounds like a winning plan, Dee Dee. Sure, extra bathrooms are expensive – but so are legal fees!
First, I have to say that I always loved that show. It was very on-point for my husband & I early in our marriage.
Second, the paper goes over and hangs down in front of said roll because anything else would be clearly insane. lol 😉
That’s what I thought – until Lisa mentioned that cats. But having cats should be the only exception!