The One Thing that Gets to Me Most

December 3, 2017 | 9 Comments

I don’t know if I’ll even have enough to write a whole blog post on this topic. But it’s something I NEED to get off my chest, because this is the one thing that my husband does which has the ability to make my temper levels rise. No it’s not forgetting to buy milk. Or staying out late with his mates at the pub. Or even drinking all the cold water in the fridge (which I put in there) and never refilling the bottles. No this is something much smaller than that, but no less annoying: leaving all of HIS THINGS on my beautifully clear kitchen counter tops.

Even as I’m writing this I’m aware how picky and silly this sounds. It’s just a phone. And his dirty wallet. And jangly keys. And sunglasses. Why do I mind so much that he leaves them all on top of the butter dish? Or right where I’m making sandwiches? Maybe it’s because I have put up a key rack, precisely for this purpose. Or even because I bought a wicker basket, to hold all of his knick knacks and PUT IT RIGHT BY THE FRONT DOOR.

Or, maybe it’s because I’m busy making a meal and the last thing I want is clutter and filthy objects, right by the food stuffs. Or, maybe it’s because I have to move them, every damn day, off the food counters to the other counter (ONE METRE AWAY) but then every day, when he gets home, they are back on the food counter by the yellow butter dish. There have been countless arguments discussions about this matter. But now I’ve realised that it is pointless to raise it anymore. Because he does it at his mom’s house too, or at the house we are on holiday in. He gets home, takes out all of his shit and strews it over the first surface that meets his eye.

You know, this issue would be solved if men had handbags. Then they could place their handbag in a specially selected place when they got home and none of these items would be floating around. It would also prevent them from LOSING all their things, and then blaming us for moving them. Yes, if you continue to put your disgusting wallet almost on top of my cutting board, where I am making salad, I will continue to move it back to the other counter (that is expressly for this purpose).

Most times, it is not because of anyone else but himself that his house keys or wallet are missing. They are typically by his bed, or in his car, but NO the other members of the family must be blamed for moving these things. I can’t count the number of times that we have been accused of moving them – when in actual fact, it was he who could not remember where he had placed them in in the first place. “The kids! They’ve moved my wallet! My day is ruined, oh why is my life so hard etc.” One minute later: “Oh, here it is – in my jeans pocket.”

I’m aware that this is a very small price to pay for being married to a wonderful man and father. But this doesn’t mean that I wasn’t ready to lob his wallet, phone and sunglasses straight out of the kitchen window last night.

Does anyone else experience this “counter rage”? Or is it just me?

Have happy Saturdays (and you have my sympathies as you move the car keys away from the butter dish. Again.)




  • Reply Keri December 3, 2017 at 9:41 am

    Ugh I hear you. Did we marry the same man?????? So annoying and the more we try change them the more annoyed we get. Because they just bloody. Won’t. Change!!!!

    • Reply Belinda Mountain December 4, 2017 at 6:51 am

      Your video of the drills on every surface of your house was hilarious! I actually don’t have it that bad after all:)

  • Reply stevoparkes December 4, 2017 at 9:57 am

    Gosh, I know what you mean… but I suppose I have it in reverse. I live for a clean organised house free of clutter. Everything has its place and its usually out of sight in an organised cupboard. Empty kitchen counters make me happier than they should but in our house it seems to be a magnet for everyones stuff. Every house has a dump space and for some reason its always our kitchen. When Im about to cook I inevitably have to spend 5 minutes packing away all the things left on the counters like toys cars and rocks from the garden??? Phone chargers, newspapers, piles of books, junk mail… and glasses and cups everywhere. Apparently my family have not quite located the dishwasher yet but I’m ever hopeful. So yes, I fully understand how you feel but as you say its what we do for the ones we love.

    • Reply Belinda Mountain December 4, 2017 at 10:27 am

      Ah…rocks on the counters! Man alive! It’s clear that us “clear counter” people are a rarity;)

  • Reply Louise Jackson December 4, 2017 at 12:34 pm

    Hahaha! Yes can totally relate. My husband too busy to think about any one thing with clarity. As a result, he’s very absent-minded: takes my keys without thinking (which will delay me for 10 minutes in the morning while I second-guess where I left them). He’s also handy about the place, so I always find screws, pens, tools, glue in the kitchen shelves and draws (actually, all over the house) instead of in his toolbox or in the garage. And he keeps wine corks. For what I have no idea but he just won’t throw them away… And I’m a neat freak. Everything has its place and must be in. its. place.

  • Reply Laura December 4, 2017 at 5:56 pm

    Does he also see your handbag as the place for HIS things when you are both out and about? (Not that he will carry it!!) That disappointed look when he realises I only have a clutch on me is hilarious!! Oh my word I hate having to be the hander outer of his items from MY bag. Here here for all husbands getting man bags for Christmas, and then using them!!

    • Reply Belinda Mountain December 4, 2017 at 10:22 pm

      Yes! “Please put my keys in your bag. And my wallet. And also my hat. And my tracksuit top. Do you have space for…?” NO!!!

  • Reply caleyjaderosenberg December 14, 2017 at 8:27 pm

    OH YES!! The counter struggle is real in our house too – wallet, watch, keys, sunglasses, caps and sometimes even cycling shoes!!!! CRAZY!

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