To stop doing washing

(34 Posts)
Carriemoo Sun 20-Jan-13 23:04:55

Apologies for any spelling mistakes. I am really quite annoyed at the moment and am on my mobile.

I am going to stop doing anyones washing but my own. My OH has a little boy (5year old) who comes to us every sat to sunday. I do both their washing. I put it in my DSS's room for my OH to put away -never been my job to put his washing away. So i go in his room tonight and the last lot of washing has been thrown off the end of the bed when OH made his bed yesterday and just thrown on the floor... i think this is just the end of my tether. It would have taken him 3 minutes max to put his washing away. I also have two piles of washing to put away tonight both mine his and DSS and i asked OH to help and he said no.

I feel fed up, i feel constantly like i'm picking stuff up, putting it away and he does nothing. Its not just with washing, he will make a sandwich on the side and just sweep all the crumbs on to the floor. He made a pizza tonight and put the pizza tray back into the oven -not in the dishwasher or in the sink - back into the oven.

Are my standards too high? he thinks once a week is ok to wash the sides down or once every 2 weeks to sweep the floor.

I've just mentioned his sons washing and hes gone off at me to stop getting on at him and hes stomped off to put his washing away and is slamming drawers shut sighsad

Carriemoo Sun 20-Jan-13 23:05:36

its such a stupid small issue... i
i just feel grrr

LineRunner Sun 20-Jan-13 23:11:40

Oh dear. It doesn't sound great as a relationship for you at all.

Actually he sounds like one of my teenagers.

oh dear, not good

umm (trying to be delicate here) are you tied in any way, to this man? do you have children together, are you married, do you have a mortgage?

DeepRedBetty Sun 20-Jan-13 23:16:50

It's not small and stupid because it's really upsetting you.

expatinscotland Sun 20-Jan-13 23:17:44

'Are my standards too high? he thinks once a week is ok to wash the sides down or once every 2 weeks to sweep the floor.

I've just mentioned his sons washing and hes gone off at me to stop getting on at him and hes stomped off to put his washing away and is slamming drawers shut sigh '

There's a reason why he's no longer with the mother of his child.

Because he's a lazy, disrespectful slob.

If you don't have kids with this person, dump him pronto.

You see, some men see housework, cleaning, laundry, observing basic home hygiene, as Wifework, stuff that women do, it's beneath them, they're too important to be bothered with trifling issues such as dishwashing, or putting away.

If he's one of THOSE blokes, get rid, don't have a baby with him, or get married, or buy a house.

He's a loser.

RUN away. Very fast.

Granitetopping Sun 20-Jan-13 23:21:47

I agree with expat - dump him pronto.

Stop doing his washing. By the way, if you did what o you think his reaction would be? Would he ask 'do I have any lean shirts?' or 'where are my socks?'

Porkster Sun 20-Jan-13 23:30:32

Why did you start doing his washing in the first place?

He sounds like a lazy git.

TalkativeJim Sun 20-Jan-13 23:35:39

Geeeeettttt rrrriiiiiiddddddd!!!!

grin

pinkstinks Sun 20-Jan-13 23:58:03

Is he physically unable to do his/his sons washing?

How long have you been together Carriemoo? And how long have you lived together? Before that, where did he live and what were his domestic standards like there?

ZillionChocolate Mon 21-Jan-13 06:37:24

Write a list of all the domestic tasks that need doing and how long they take. Sit down with him and take it in turns to chose tasks from the list. If you're both working, you should be sharing the load equally. I couldn't live with someone who wouldn't accept that principle.

Springdiva Mon 21-Jan-13 06:58:04

I didn't do this but wish I had.

Don't put washing away. (except for yours)

Leave all nice, clean, folded washing in the utility room or, if you don't have one, in the wash basket by the stairs.

Then DP and DCs can nip and get what they want in the morning before they get dressed.
This might also result in a huge drop in the amount of washing you have to do!

You might have to put everyone's clothes separately so that they don't mess up anyone else's pile.

ripsishere Mon 21-Jan-13 07:00:34

Why would you need to ask if YABU, it is entirely clear that you aren't.

Time to adjust expectations in the relationship I think!

twofingerstoGideon Mon 21-Jan-13 07:36:11

springdiva why should OP 'leave all nice, clean, folded washing' for her OH? She is not his maid.

Well, you CAN do washing the and it NOT signify the end of feminism in Britain.

I do all the family washing and ironing BUT everyone is grateful and says thank you and puts it away in their own haphazard system. Other family members do other chores and I thank them

It is not the washing that is the problem but the attitude and atmosphere between you that is the problem.

More examples of how your relationship works...

expatinscotland Mon 21-Jan-13 08:40:24

Exactly, Norks. It's this: 'I feel fed up, i feel constantly like i'm picking stuff up, putting it away and he does nothing. Its not just with washing, he will make a sandwich on the side and just sweep all the crumbs on to the floor. He made a pizza tonight and put the pizza tray back into the oven -not in the dishwasher or in the sink - back into the oven.'

I see you are living with this man, if you don't have children with him STOP living with him. Because he's showing you by this behaviour that he doesn't respect you.

And yes, I'd say the same about a woman who does this.

PrettyKitty1986 Mon 21-Jan-13 09:05:47

I have similar issues with df but he's not lazy in so many ways that i find it really difficult to not sound unreasonable when discussing it with him hmm
He will make three days worth of meals for us all on his day off...spend hours doing it but then only do one dishwasher load and leave the rest on the side. He'll wash and dry 3 loads on one day , but never puts it away, just leaves it in a big pile on our bed. He,ll have big cleaning sprees where he'll sort out the kids room, pull it apart and empty all the drawers and make a pile of any clothes that don't fit and broken toys... And leave it all in a big pile in the corner.
I feel like his mother sometimes, constantly running after him and finishing jobs that he hasn't done 'properly'. But all I get in return is 'how can you moan about me not putting a few clothes away when I've done 3 loads of washing today?' Why are you whining about a few dishes when I've cooked all this food?' Etc.
I'd rather he did less jobs but finished them completely and it's got to the point where I'm dreading what I find on a Wednesday when I've been in work and he's had the day off. He's not lazy just scatty and thoughtless but it winds me up none the less.

expatinscotland Mon 21-Jan-13 09:25:39

This person sounds like a different kettle of fish, though, Pretty. sad

Carriemoo Mon 21-Jan-13 10:18:35

Thanks for all the responses guys - sorry I've taken a while to reply am diving in and out of work at the moment. I thought you would all say I was being unreasonable for not putting his sons clothes away.

Just for a bit of background; I've been with him for 4 years now - no I don't have any children yet and the one thing that would stop me at the moment is I know this would get worse- he would do nothing if we had a child. I don't want to leave him - he makes me laugh and I love him but I don't know how to get across to him that I am not his mother. We are financially linked - i.e. have a loan together and my parents bought us a house - which again if we split up they would have to look to sell which is another thing that makes me feel guilty if I wanted to leave as the market for sellers is not great at the moment.

Before he lived with me, he lived with his mother - she did everything for him and I think he has naturally taken to that meaning I will too.
I don't know how I started doing all of his washing but it just happened and eventually its got to me doing everything. If he makes dinner he will not bother putting any pans in the sink/ dishwasher or put any rubbish in the bin - he will just leave it on the side so I have to sort it all out and its becoming a issue in that I will just cook rather than him make the mess and leave me to clear it up.

A example of this was he went to a festival a couple of months back - i stayed in bed as they were going early - eventually I got up and the lounge was a state- they had stayed up late drinking beer and eating pizza and had been to the shop that morning and had got breakfast - everything had been left on the sofa, flung on the floor - my lounge was a tip.

He will put washing on only if i ask him (and huffs and puffs about it) and then will leave it in the washing machine so it eventually smells and i have to re-wash. If i ask him to help me hang anything up on the airer he gets huffy and puffy and will sigh at me.

I don't know how to change him/ if I can change him - I am going to buy a washing basket today so he can have his stuff in one and mine in another.
If i stand over him he gets annoyed and will stomp around but how can I not - if he drops something on the floor he wont wipe it up and it becomes a hazard....

He used to get up on a Sunday and clean the kitchen from top to bottom - I can't think of the last time he got the mop out - he tells me I don't hoover but I've used the hoover a lot more times than he has in the last 6 months - or even picked up the sweeping brush for the kitchen. He will use his hand to wipe down the kitchen side.

I'm just having a vent at the moment I think. I don't know what my next move will be - I need to get out of a financial mess at the moment before I make any decisions.

Norks - yes its the respect I think I am after - its the not leaving your rubbish around - I wouldnt care about doing washing if I actually got a thanks once in a while.

This thread will probably turn into me ranting for ages because i think there are so many more issues - this is just one that has come boiling to the surface - but I love him and he makes me laugh but he is selfish.

I think I should probably get this moved to relationships?

MrsKoala Mon 21-Jan-13 10:38:58

i put dh's washing folded on the bed and he chucks it on the floor. i just step over it and make sure it's all on the floor on his side of the bed.

the difference i suppose is dh doesn't expect me to do it, and doesn't care if i don't.

KatyTheCleaningLady Mon 21-Jan-13 10:39:18

I am sorry you are dealing with this. Of course you are not being unreasonable.

I hope that you can talk to him - not just nag him but sit him down and talk to him - and get it across that this may end the relationship.

He will probably never be a tidy person. You may have to settle for him having a few things he will do routinely, like putting away washing, loading the dishwasher, etc. But the general slobbishness is probably just a character trait.

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