We all know this guy. He comes home, takes off his sweaty clothes, leaves them laying everywhere to stink up the whole house, probably out of laziness. Not only is it gross, it’s disrespectful to you and your right to have a home that doesn’t smell like the gym. If he’s one of those guys, you have to act fast, before it turns into a hard habit to break.
- Make sure there is an easily accessible designated area for dirty clothes. We keep our hampers in the walk in utility closet in the bathroom. It’s right there when we shower and change our clothes, yet it’s not in the way anywhere else.
- If he’s into sports, put a basketball hoop over the hamper. Make it fun.
- If the above two doesn’t work. First, watch where he’s putting the clothes and how long he’s leaving them there. He might pick them up after a few hours, in which case it’s not really that big of a deal. If it’s been days and his clothes are still in the way laying all over the place, address it to him politely. You might want to ask him why he decided to put them there. See what he says, he might get the hint.
- If he doesn’t get the hint, nicely and casually mention that he forgot to throw his clothes in the hamper and offer a reminder. It’s important to not sound like you are nagging.
- When you walk in the door, say, “Geez, what is that smell, it smells like a sweaty gym in here, is that your clothes?”
- Still a no go? Pick up a few of his favorite items of clothing and hide them for a while. Soon he’s going to start turning the house upside down looking for them. Act completely clueless. You might mention you saw the dog trying to get a hold of his socks. Hopefully he’s smart enough to realize he wouldn’t have this problem if he had more organization with his wardrobe.
- Still?! Desperate times call for desperate measures. Wherever he is leaving his clothes, bury a dirty tampon in them and when he finally finds it, act completely surprised. “I have no idea how that got there!”
Ok so maybe I am kidding with that last one, or maybe not, it’s up to you. Either way whatever you do, don’t pick up his clothes for him. It’s your call on whether or not you want to move them into a pile where it’s less annoying to you, but you’ll run the risk of having to do this all the time. If all else fails, have a serious talk with him and tell him that it bothers you. He might not realize it’s an issue for you so you’ll have to let him know. If he’s a decent guy, picking up after himself shouldn’t be such a difficult task if it means making you happy in your home. If he’s completely careless and unapologetic, you might want to assess his overall attitude and respect for you and notice patterns of disrespect and go from there.