19 Women Share the Most Surprising Thing They Learned While Living with a Man

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If you’re thinking about moving in with your boyfriend, dad, brother or male Craigslist stranger, consider reading these 19 women’s stories and lessons about what it’s like to live with a man.

1. “He does not care if the shampoo I have makes him smell like roses all day.”

2. “I learned that sometimes when a man is very hungover he will take a sad sitting-down shower. I recently discovered my fiancé sitting on the shower floor like a drowned snuffleupagus.”

3. “Pockets must be emptied of all spare change and small pieces of garbage immediately after coming in the door, and deposited in random caches around the house.”


4. “Despite his balding hair, he insists on buying volumizing shampoo. Babe, that’s not going to fix it.”

5. “He can sit in front the computer/video games from morning until dark without once getting up to pee, make food or turn on the bloody lights.”

6. “Why the massive bucket of loose change???”


7. “The first surprise moving in with my dad was that he never cleaned or cooked. He had a maid for cleaning and ate out for every single one of his meals.”

8. “Pooping time is sacred, and a great time to catch up on the news and browse some Reddit. It can be slightly inconvenient when I need the bathroom and he’s been in there for half an hour though.”

9. “I learned how often men seem like they have something wrong, but they don’t. For the first couple of months that we were living together, I was convinced that he already hated living with me because there were so many times that he would zone out and not speak and give short answers. It turns out that he would just have something on his mind completely unrelated to our relationship.”


10. “They can be really clean and anal about keeping the place tidy and in certain order. They’re not all slobs like my father and brothers.”

11. “So much nakedness.”

12. “Upon moving in with my boyfriend, I learned that men can survive with just the bare minimum. He moved into our apartment about three weeks before I did. He lived there with no paper towels, hand soap, lamps, iron, kitchen table, bed frame or real food in the fridge. When I finally got there and brought it up to him, he didn’t realize that those things were missing.”


13. “I go to bed and, when I wake up and head to my desk to work (I work from home), his jeans/pants, socks and shoes are on the floor. Why?! For reasons unbeknownst to me, after I go to bed, he strips down and leaves his clothes in the living room. If I don’t pick up after him each morning, by the end of the week we have a small mountain of clothes in the corner.”

14. “My husband will turn on the bedroom air condition to its highest setting and then pile three heavy blankets on top of himself. Then complain that it’s too hot. Every. Single. Summer. Night.”

15. “This might be just specific to my boyfriend, but I was surprised at how much he was willing to compromise. He stopped leaving the toilet seat up, he hates vacuuming but he’ll mop, and if I cook he cleans. I was honestly expecting living together to be a real struggle, but it has strengthened our relationship tenfold.”


16. “Shaving is a sacred ritual. My husband closes the bathroom door and takes his time shaving; then he comes out flawless.”

17. “They have different ‘rules’ about things. A shirt is not dirty unless it’s smelly, wet, or has fresh stains on it. They’ll wear it again before choosing to wash it. Another rule: Making the bed every morning is not required, it’s a waste of time.”

18. “My boyfriend used blankets as curtains before living with me. I had to proclaim that we would be using actual curtains upon moving in together. He tried to get out of that by grumbling that curtains were an unnecessary expense.”


19. “I was surprised by how much cleaner he likes things and how much better he is in the kitchen than I am. Don’t get me wrong, I like a clean apartment, and I can cook well enough to get by. But I came home one day and everything was spotless. I mean, professional-level cleaning. And the laundry was done. And dinner was ready – and it didn’t come from a box. Basically, I’m going to marry him as soon as possible.”

All posts have been edited from Reddit for length and clarity.

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