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Old 08-31-2014, 09:34 AM
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one of my house rules is

NO socks in the house.
ie no wearing socks whilst in the house.
why?

they carry dust and it goes everywhere.

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Lol! I could never visit your house, Nacia. I wear socks ALL the time in the house. I can't stand NOT wearing them.

Hmm . . . house rule . . . well, for our dogs: No dogs allowed near the dinner table when we're eating. For obvious reasons. Lol.
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If you're not holding a case of beer when approaching the doorbell, turn around immediately and get lost.
LOL really??
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Lol! I could never visit your house, Nacia. I wear socks ALL the time in the house. I can't stand NOT wearing them.

Hmm . . . house rule . . . well, for our dogs: No dogs allowed near the dinner table when we're eating. For obvious reasons. Lol.
loath socks don't like them don't wear them if I can help it
apart from when I am skiing I have no choice.
sorry but NO socks in the house haha
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sometimes I take my socks off and put them on my hands to get hot food out of the oven, but then the dog licks my toes.

I was trying to think and I don't think I have any hard rules, on days when it muddy out we take our boot off at the door. but it's not a rule. it is a rule if you walk through the house with muddy boots you have to clean it up.
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LOL really??
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In her kitchen, my mom used to have an old stove with four burners atop it. On each of the burners sat a pot filled with food. Whoever entered her apartment would eat and laugh. A heavenly atmosphere.
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Originally Posted by Nacia View Post
one of my house rules is

NO socks in the house.
ie no wearing socks whilst in the house.
why?

they carry dust and it goes everywhere.
So what do people do when they are cold?
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Socks are an awful oppressive garment that imprison your toes. Freedom I shout, freedom! Death to socks! No parasan!

As for my place I don't really have any 'rules,' but I'm seriously considering adopting the one mentioned by shelly.
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So what do people do when they are cold?
slippers??
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In her kitchen, my mom used to have an old stove with four burners atop it. On each of the burners sat a pot filled with food. Whoever entered her apartment would eat and laugh. A heavenly atmosphere.
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Socks are an awful oppressive garment that imprison your toes. Freedom I shout, freedom! Death to socks! No parasan!

As for my place I don't really have any 'rules,' but I'm seriously co sidering adopting the one mentioned by shelly.
haha I agree socks are awful.
Shelly's rule is not a bad one
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slippers??
So if you're going to have a party in the winter, you're going to make everyone bring their own slippers?
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So if you're going to have a party in the winter, you're going to make everyone bring their own slippers?
a party? people don't take their shoes off.
it is not safe.
I meant if you are about the house then socks should come off.
socks I find repulsive when worn in the house cold or warm.
sorry that is me.
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Si no puede lavar los platos, no usar los platos
If you can't wash the dishes, don't use the dishes.
I had some students staying at my place because it was closest to the university. I got tired of getting up in the morning to a sink full of dirty dishes. I placed that sign.
It is cultural here. Mom washed the dishes, not me!
When you're living on your own, without Mom, do you leave the dirty dishes in the sink and buy more each day to handle your dinner? When there's no room in the apartment because it's filled with dirty dishes, do you simply move? When you become a mother, what happens because you have no ability to wash a dish?
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I love socks.
They are my favourite garment.
They feel so good going on and equally great coming off.
I've never had a "no shoes" rule anywhere I've lived. I find it to be such a pain taking my shoes on and off all the goddamn time.
I generally tend not to go to people's houses who have the "no shoes" rule. I'm not a child, I don't walk around outside of my house with bare feet, and I don't need my socks picking up the crap off your floor, and getting screwed up and loose because of your carpets so that they're uncomfortable and gritty when I put my shoes back on to leave.

I don't really have any house rules. Never had them as a kid either. No hard and fast bedtime, no bath-day or weekly activities.
I guess I never really thought about it before but I suppose I don't have any rules because I didn't have many boundaries as a kid. I'm not complaining, though.
I guess it's generally expected that you clean up after yourself if you make any kind of significant mess, but that's true for any household, I think.
Dishes go in the machine as soon as possible after use, and sometimes I wash up pans and sometimes my roommate does it. No rota or anything, just whoever is available.
It used to be a really big issue when I was a kid because my mum would cook, and that meant that she didn't want to clean up while everyone ran off to do their own thing. Thus it was the kids' job to wash up the pans, load/unload the dishwasher, clear the surfaces/wipe the hob etc...
Problem was that my mum used to work in a restaurant kitchen, where the cooking and food prep was the priority, and the debris from onions or whatever was left for whoever was cleaning up. What this meant was that my mum would make an almighty, chaotic mess when she cooked that took easily forty five minutes to clear every night, which could easily be spent playing Pokemon or whatever. Hence massive arguments when we would cut corners or forget sections of the job.

Nowadays I clear up as I go along and do everything I can to reduce the mess in the first place, so that by the time the food is ready, all that needs to happen is a swift wipe of the table and a scrub of a pan or two.
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I've never had a girlfriend complain about the toilet seat, and my roommate, who's female, also never mentions it.
Thus, I've never had the opportunity to ask why you don't want the seat up.
So I ask now.
Pandora, what is the big issue with the toilet seat being up?
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I've never had a girlfriend complain about the toilet seat, and my roommate, who's female, also never mentions it.
Thus, I've never had the opportunity to ask why you don't want the seat up.
So I ask now.
Pandora, what is the big issue with the toilet seat being up?
hygiene/odour issue.
the toilet looks cleaner with the toilet seat is down especially if one is using the bathroom to have a shower.
don't want to be peering down the toilet whilst uing the bathroom.
so yeah toilet set down in my house too and at all times.
that would be rule number 2
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But that's different.
There are two flaps: the toilet seat and the toilet lid.
I understand if you're the kind of person who has the toilet lid down, that's just preference.
In my house the lid never goes down, but the seat is up and down all the time. Up after I use the loo, and down after my roommate uses it.

Why is it that there is a stereotype of women complaining about men leaving the toilet seat up. I assume it's because women like it down, so they don't have to lower it every time they go to the toilet, but equally, I don't want to have to raise it every time I go.
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Do you mean wearing socks in the house? Or just keeping? Where are people to keep their socks?
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Do you mean wearing socks in the house? Or just keeping? Where are people to keep their socks?
wearing socks in the house.
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I've never had a girlfriend complain about the toilet seat, and my roommate, who's female, also never mentions it.
Thus, I've never had the opportunity to ask why you don't want the seat up.
So I ask now.
Pandora, what is the big issue with the toilet seat being up?
It is when both seats are left up and I fall in, that's a big issue there. Wet fannies no fun.
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What Pandora says, yes. I hardly ever have an issue with the toilet seat because my boyfriend doesn't put it up, which means that I'm not used to it being up, and if a guy comes over and uses our toilet, leaving the seat up, I get a scare every single time because I fall backwards. Not entirely in, but still, it's not very pleasant
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What Pandora says, yes. I hardly ever have an issue with the toilet seat because my boyfriend doesn't put it up, which means that I'm not used to it being up, and if a guy comes over and uses our toilet, leaving the seat up, I get a scare every single time because I fall backwards. Not entirely in, but still, it's not very pleasant
Your boyfriend doesn't put the seat up? Good aim or does he sit down?

And do you just sit down without looking or noticing the lid is up? I don't even see how that's possible.

I live in house full of woman, and it's never been an issue. I lift the lid if it's down -- they put it down if it's up. I don't know how it could be any less complicated than that.
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I got tired of getting up in the morning to a sink full of dirty dishes.
This drives me nuts. My wife leaves dishes in the sink, and of course, my kids take their cues from her, not me. I always rinse and put my dishes in the dishwasher as I use them.

I love my wife with all my heart, but she leaves clutter everywhere. Books, papers, sewing patterns etc. She just sheds her clothes and lets them fall to the bedroom or bathroom floor, where they will sometimes stay until she does the laundry. Again, it's a loosing battle with our girls, because they're just going to do what mom does. I've pretty much given up.
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It's a personality trait, I think. Virtually incurable. They washed their dishes for all of two days before it went back to the morning sink full of dirty dishes.
My objection is more because this is Panamá. Dirty dishes in the sink at night = bugs in the morning.
I moved. I wonder what the apartment looks like now. I'm not about to take a three hour bus ride to David to see!
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It's a personality trait, I think. Virtually incurable.
My mom was a super neat freak with six kids. She didn't tolerate untidiness and she expected all of us to pitch in to keep things ship-shape. So I come by my aversion to clutter honestly.

And my mom used to make these little veiled comments about my wife's housekeeping. Once my wife caught my mom doing that thing where you take your finger and check for dust. Thankfully, my wife would just smile and let it all go.
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My mom was a super neat freak with six kids. She didn't tolerate untidiness and she expected all of us to pitch in to keep things ship-shape. So I come by my aversion to clutter honestly.

And my mom used to make these little veiled comments about my wife's housekeeping. Once my wife caught my mom doing that thing where you take your finger and check for dust. Thankfully, my wife would just smile and let it all go.
six kids?
what number are you in line?
the first the third child?
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It is when both seats are left up and I fall in, that's a big issue there.
What Pandora says, yes. I hardly ever have an issue with the toilet seat because my boyfriend doesn't put it up, which means that I'm not used to it being up, and if a guy comes over and uses our toilet, leaving the seat up, I get a scare every single time because I fall backwards. Not entirely in, but still, it's not very pleasant
How do you fall in?
The seat is up but there's still the rim of the bowl.
I actually didn't even have a toilet seat in my student flat for like four months. I got a cold arse, but I didn't "fall in".
And I'm assuming you can see the toilet before you sit down? Forgive me if this is a stupid thing to say, but like... Can't you just... Put the seat down?
Is that really what all the fuss is about?
I'm being serious here, we all have blind spots.

Wet fannies no fun.
I beg to differ ;D
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six kids?
What number are you in line?
The first the third child?
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