SoCS – Excuses at Home

toilet paper

Look at the toilet paper roll in the picture above. Why would someone leave it that way? What should be easy, everyday tasks are often met with excuses. I was in a hurry. I forgot. I was going to do it later.

For tasks that only take seconds to complete, there is no excuse for not doing them. However, people (men and women) make up excuses for them everyday.

Here are just a few…

Putting the toilet paper roll on backwards. The toilet paper should be facing out, not in. Why would anyone want to pull toilet paper from the back of the roll?

Not replacing the toilet paper. Someone will have to go after you, and I doubt that you’ll want to clean up their mess. So grab a roll and put it on.

Leaving the toilet seat up. It only takes 2 seconds and could save a life, or at the very least a wet bottom.

Dishes left on the counter. Go the extra step and move that dish from the counter to the sink. For an added bonus, go two steps further and put it in the dishwasher.

Not replacing the trash bag. You’ve just earned points for taking out the trash, but you’ll earn extra points if you replace the bag upon your return.

Sock puppets thrown across the floor. If the hamper is within walking distance, put them inside. For more motivation (if needed), make it into a basketball game. Just toss them in. Score!

Hairs (of any kind) left in the sink. That toilet paper that is now put on the correct way, can come in real handy for wiping up hairs in and around the sink.  Just rip off a piece, wipe and throw away.

Nail clippings everywhere. These hurt when stepped on! Please for the sake of others’ feet, throw those tiny weapons away. Better yet, save a step by clipping your nails over the trash can.

Shoe train. From high heels, sneakers, to boots, these can all be placed in a nearby closet in less than 1 minute.

What are some tasks in your home that are often met with excuses when left undone?

This post is a part of SoCS, hosted by LindaGHill.

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: “excuse.” You can use the noun or verb – or both!  Enjoy!

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30 Responses to SoCS – Excuses at Home

  1. amommasview says:

    Mine are all pretty good. It’s the putting away dishes we have to work on… 😉


  2. Ha, love these! Many of these irk me too (although for some reason I like toilet paper put on the way you dislike; my family always did it that way and I find myself doing it too), and I’d add that regarding trash, I hate when the bag is left too full to add to and isn’t emptied. Then I come along to throw something out but first have to set it down, empty the trash, put a new bag, and THEN throw it out. Whoever sees the trash at its capacity should empty it (and of course replace the bag as you pointed out so accurately)! Great post — and I love the picture as evidence. 🙂


    • mewhoami says:

      You’re one of the toilet papee offenders! 🙂 Well I suppose it’s your toilet paper, so you can do it with it what you want. I still don’t understand why you’d want it on backwards though. I completely agree with you about the trash can. If it’s full, empty it. Otherwise, more work is created for the next one in line.

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  3. This was great, I so connected with so much that own kids did thankfully a while ago. Very well written gave me a giggle to remember my place once upon a time.


  4. dodgysurfer says:

    You’ve been in my house!!


  5. How do you get them to empty the rubbish?! I feel like this is an advanced class when I need 101. At the moment I’m working on my son putting his cup in the dishwasher (its a distance of 2 metres from the counter). Its seven in the morning, and I’ve got up to make him a cup of coffee before college (note we haven’t managed to get to the point where he makes his own coffee – but he is 16). He doesn’t manage to get the cup to the dishwasher afterwards because, apparently, he has to hurry to catch the bus.


    • mewhoami says:

      My husband takes the trash out without being asked. My son on the other hand, must always be asked. You’re a good parent for still making coffee for your son. Maybe leave all his cups on the counter until he runs out of ones to use. Will that teach him? My son is learning the dishes lesson currently also. When it comes to tasks like those, kids (and adults) can be slow learners.


  6. luckykaye says:

    Oh yeah, I recognise all of those little irritations…


  7. Fortunately we are past that stage. There are just two of us. And we manage pretty well. But oh those years…..I was ready to scream…..wait, I did!


    • mewhoami says:

      It is much easier when there’s only two. Otherwise, it can be frustrating indeed. For the most part we are past it too. But, I remember back in day, moons ago, when this was an issue that I lived with. Now it’s mainly the dishes, but it’ll get there.


  8. Glynis Jolly says:

    There’s one there that I do on purpose. I put the toilet paper on it’s spindle backward. You see, with 3 cats, have the toilet paper the other way means a lot of shredding. Switch the toilet paper around, the cats can’t figure out how they can play with it.

    I would be so happy if dear Hubby would do just some of the things you mention. He just can’t seem to get the hang of any of it.


    • mewhoami says:

      That’s the first good reason I’ve heard for putting the toilet paper on backwards. Thank you. 🙂

      My husband does the majority of it without being asked, which is nice. But, he was already that way before I met him. I don’t know how to get them to do it from scratch though. The only issue to still be worked on is the dishes, but we’re getting there.


  9. Tina B. says:

    I was actually having this same conversation with some friends about my roommates. when i clean, i just leave their mess.


  10. April says:

    I don’t receive any excuses except for I’ll do it….

    Especially when I pull out the plastic forks, paper plates, and spoons because they have all the dishes in their rooms.

    Passive aggressiveness works for me 😉


    • mewhoami says:

      I love the paper plates and plastic fork idea, and the fact that it works makes it even better. I should have used that on my roommates years ago, now that another commenter reminded me of them. 🙂


  11. markbialczak says:

    The “toilet” think is all gender, I fear, Me Who. I, as a man, know I need the toilet paper to come from the back of the roll. I don’t know why I want it that way, but I really, really, really want it that way. I do know that I wish, wish, wish with all my might to remember to put the toilet seat back down afterward. I am getting very good at that part of the equation. By the little howls I hear from my dear wife Karen every now and again, though, not yet am I perfect.

    Dishes, check, cleaned, washed, put away, even. Garbage, check, taken out and bag replaced. Socks and clothes, check, in hamper, and shoes, check, in rack and closet. But oy, those toilet issues.


    • mewhoami says:

      Let’s first look at all the things that you have accomplished. Those are all great and I’m sure that Karen appreciates each and every one of them.

      Now for those toilet issues. Why would you want to pull the paper from the back of the roll? How about those times it gets lost under there and you have to spin it around until you find it? Ha! – the howls. Having howled myself, I know that sound (and feeling) well. Did you know that toilet bowl water on the bum (especially in the middle of the night when you’re half asleep) is really, really cold? 🙂


  12. I think I have found a kindred spirit! These are ALL pet peeves for me – and I have the same things to say about them as you do!

    Nicely done, and thanks for participating!


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