Someone on Reddit recently posed the question: “What did you not know or realize until after living with a woman?” and people did not hold back.
It turns out that if you’ve never lived with a partner or a spouse, or anyone of a different gender than you, there might be some unexpected things you’re going to learn.
Protect The Good Ones
“That she owns only one truly GOOD BRA. There is only one and part of your duty as a man is to protect The Good Bra. If you are doing laundry, you must take the greatest of precautions to make sure it is properly cleaned, dried, and stored.”
“God forbid The Good Bra ever turn up missing or in the wrong drawer.” —StillHereU- / Reddit
There’s Absolutely A Double Standard
“If you leave something on the kitchen counter, it will get put/thrown away.”
“If she leaves something on the kitchen counter, that’s where it goes now.” —The_Bee_Sneeze / Reddit
It’s Not All Bad When You Live Together
“I didn’t realize the amount of comfort I would get. I always thought it would be like having a roommate but it’s way different especially with a SO.”
“When my girlfriend and I started living together I felt more comfortable in just about every way in my own apartment. The empathy and emotions brought to the place is also incredible.” —SoapsDisc / Reddit
It’s There For A Reason
“If they leave stuff at the bottom of the stairs, that means you’re supposed to bring it up.”
“If it’s at the top of the stairs, you should bring it down.” —Brianplease / Reddit
His Version Sounds Painful
“I always thought that pads operated like bandaids and they’d just slap em over their vaginas and absorb everything. It wasn’t until I was… 27?”
“My girlfriend at the time had some as a backup in case she ran out of tampons and I opened it and looked. The adhesive was on the wrong side for my version of how they worked, and it dawned on me.” —mye-isbigger / Reddit
Does It Matter, As Long As They’re Folded?
“The way I had been folding towels for years was apparently incorrect. I do the tri-fold method. My wife does the double-fold method. Oh well. First argument we had as a married couple and I lost.”
“She was unusually upset over the way I folded towels” —Reddit
“There will be 5+ pairs of shoes, not IN the shoe rack, but near it.”
“Or behind the door so it jams / just waiting to trip me if I enter the house without checking for
landmines wayward vans slip ons.” —McDie88 / Reddit
Stick To Drying The Dishes
“I’ve been doing the dishes wrong my entire life.” —Sudden_Ad_1974 / Reddit
There’s a right and a wrong way to do dishes, and usually only one person in the house gets to decide what the right way is.
It’s Like When She Says She Doesn’t Want Fries
“She’s a vegetarian and I’m not so we agreed we’d cook 1 or two meals together each week but otherwise cook our own food.”
“Translation: I’d better go ahead and cook twice as much stuff because she still calls herself a vegetarian if she ‘just has a few bites’ of the stuff I’m cooking.” —HairHeel / Reddit
You Still Want Her To Shower Every Day, Don’t You?
“Apparently showering and washing your hair are separate events.” —loercase / Reddit
Not every shower is going to involve washing your hair. Hair washing days are only a couple of times a week.
The Tidiness Was A Facade
“They’re not nearly as neat and tidy as they want you to believe.” —MystikxHaze / Reddit
She probably used to tidy her apartment before you’d come over to visit, but now you’re living together so her mess is yours too.
It Takes A Lot To Look Good
“3 different shampoos and conditioners, tens of different lipsticks, 3 foundations, makeup brushes, contouring brushes, makeup remover, so many earrings and accessories.”
“It’s not even like these were superficial/vain women. This is just the bare minimum of how they care for their appearance. Meanwhile I’m buying my all-in-one body wash, deodorant and mouthwash and calling it done.” —amwren / Reddit
Buy Them In Bulk
“Girl Scout Thin Mint cookies are meant to be consumed a full tube at one sitting.”
“Here I was keeping mine in the fridge and eating just one or two cookies a week.” —miniscant / Reddit
Sounds Like A Hairy Situation
“When long, loose head hairs wash off in the shower, it’s common practice to stick them to the wall rather than let them collect in the drain.”
“If she forgets to remove them afterwards, it can be very confusing for the next person in the shower. Why are there a bunch of individual strands of hair deliberately stuck to the wall?” —ProfessorBrooks / Reddit
Your Own Indoor Forest
“How nice house plants are. Now I have all kinds of plants and my place feels so much more nice and relaxing.” —the_monkey_of_lies / Reddit
It’s like you get to relax in the garden, except it’s inside the comfort of your own home.
So Your Life Has Been Improved
“I learned to rip a cupcake in half, flip the top of the cupcake with the frosting so you have a frosting sandwich.” —Indian_Tacoo / Reddit
This seems like an upside.