82 Silly Household Things You Fought About With Your Girlfriend

Over 3,500 people filled out our survey on fighting in lesbian relationships, and we’re crunching the data currently to unleash a glorious bundle of posts about your hang-ups and blow-outs and relationship issues. In the meantime, we’ll be publishing more fun lists to make us all feel normal for fighting about the dishes all the time. Seriously, y’all had a lot of things to say about dish-washing in this survey.  Only 20% of co-habitating people never fight about housework, and 21% of co-habitants fight about housework often or constantly.

We asked “what’s the stupidest thing you’ve ever fought about?” and a great deal of your responses were related to things around the house. Here are just some of the many crucial issues tearing our love to pieces, ripped mercilessly out of context (e.g., if you provided an analysis of how the fight was resolved, that bit might not be included below) and presented here for your enjoyment.

82 Of the Stupidest Domestic-Related Things You Fought About

1. I borrowed her hair scrunchie without asking. And her eyeliner.

2. Who had to call AT&T to get the internet fixed

3. I kept finishing off the chocolate bars that were in the cupboard

4. Someone had eaten the last of ice cream and I didn’t have any but once

5. She finished the yoghurt dip without sharing

6. She thought I’d eaten the last of the cheese and became unreasonably angry! As we were arguing, she accidentally trapped my hand in her knee-pit. I didn’t want to make her more upset, so I tried to slowly ease my hand out. It made her laugh so hard she peed on me!

7. Apparently I was supposed to bring home cheese doodles. HOW DARE I FORGET?!

8. She put bell pepper in a pot at the wrong point for a recipe we were making together

9. How to make meatloaf

10. How to melt chocolate for Christmas candy

11. How to bake potatoes (microwave vs oven)

12. How much ice to put in a cup

13. Not cooking fajitas the “right” way

14. Whether to boil the corn or eat it raw

15. If she boiled the water correctly for the mac’n’cheese

16. Whether or not you should add salt to food

17. Whether to add garlic to a pesto dish

18. Buying pre-made lasagne sauce, then not buying it, then buying the wrong one

19. How much effort it took to make a grilled cheese sandwich vs. putting pre-cooked chili ingredients into the crock pot.

20. Whether or not home cooked ‘fusion’ in both our heritage food cultures is appropriative (e.g. “Gouda in polenta?” Answer: it’s a no go, “Kimchi in leftover pasta?” Hell yes.)

21. Whether or not it is really necessary that we always brush our teeth together.

22. I painted a room and got paint on the light switch cover

23. I forgot to put a glass under the spout of a juicer before beginning to juice, and got beet juice on the counter

24. Who lost the cheese grater and thereby prevented us both from enjoying Parmesan covered pasta

25. One time I opened a new packet of IKEA straws and threw the packet away. My partner wanted them to stay in the packet.

26. She left the bathmat wet/damp on purpose because she knows I hate it. It was horrifying.

27. Leaving water glasses all over the house

28. Which setting on the dishwasher is the best one to use

29. The fact that she refuses to wring out the sponge after doing dishes

30. She puts her cup beside the sink rather than IN the sink

31. Having the tap open while washing dishes. I say the water is wasted, she says it’s worst if we close it and turn it on again.

32. If Frito Pie is an actual meal.

33. Why I can’t have steak every day for dinner.

34. Cereal. (She shouldn’t eat it. It has too much refined sugar.)

35. Filling the Brita filter

36. When clothes are dirty enough to go in the hamper

37. How many blankets should be on the bed

38. Who stole the blanket

39. If it’s too cold running the AC at 63 degrees

40. The ambient temperature we’d like to have in the apartment/whether it’s ok to leave the bathroom window open in the winter. All winter. 24/7.

41. I locked myself in the bathroom because she kept telling me I wasn’t cleaning the toilet the right way

42. Our very first fight was about how I was cleaning the electric waffle iron incorrectly.

43. I threw a waffle

44. I bought a type of shampoo I like instead of the shampoo that was on sale

45. If I was wasting money buying a sandwich instead of sandwich ingredients

46. Whether or not we’d get a landline in our future house. I ended up crying.

47. Using a towel to clean up cat pee

48. Me lying down on the bed for five minutes before I started to clean

49. My swiffering technique.

50. Whether to get a poster of David Bowie for our fictional workspace/studio

51. I didn’t want our pillows to be purple. PURPLE.

52. I told her the bathroom designed by her mother is too brown for me and I don’t want the same at home.

53. Where to put the doormat

54. Hypothetical spoons

55. I was making this giant cauldron of mashed potatoes (MY FAVORITE) and when I poured the milk in it was ROTTEN. All over my lovely potatoes.

56. She insisted on padlocking the garage door shut every time we drove somewhere

57. Closing windows loudly

58. I was sitting in the chair she wanted to sit in

59. A goddamn IKEA Förhöja kitchen island. Bloody IKEA.

60. The tone in which she asked me for help lifting a piece of IKEA furniture “up” while we we were putting it together.

61. A 30-min fight entirely in whispers on an IKEA bed display about what kind of bed to get

62. She was buying Starbucks mugs online behind my back

63. One person accidentally dyed the other’s nice white blouse pink by throwing it into a load of colored laundry

64. Why she had a stack of clothes on the dresser instead of hanging them up

65. How to change the bag in the vacuum cleaner

66. How to fold a towel correctly

67. How to properly get the toothpaste out of the tube (screw top or flip top)

68. Whether or not it was possible to paint a refrigerator hot pink

69. Whether certain items of crockery qualify as “deep plates” or “shallow bowls”

70. Whether or not a Roomba would actually vacuum cat hair

71. Whether she can call a flipper a spatula ( It’s a flipper)

72. A missing pair of shorts which she found while we were arguing

73. I stirred the pot (literally, not a euphemism here) when she had just done that.

74. She thought I was insulting her chicken by asking her to cook it well done.

75. She tried to make a custard and it failed terribly and tasted like seawater sludge

76. I want to get a bigger bed and she doesn’t!!!

77. Buying a baby pool for my adult self

78. I thought that she’d used expensive whiskey that was a souvenir to bake into a cake…

79. She wanted to adopt a cat, but we couldn’t because it was clearly stated “no pets” on our lease. She was mad at me because *I* wouldn’t let her adopt a cat.

80. Who was going to feed the pig

81. Whether or not we could keep a foster dog when only one of us was working and I was really sick and couldn’t help take care of it, plus it kept trying to eat our pet rabbit

82. The proper way to marinate filet mignon — there was yelling, things were thrown across the room, a shelf was knocked off a wall, both of us stormed out of the house. Never have we had a fight surpass the great steak marinade fight of our first year together (14 years ago). (Yes we eventually made the steak for dinner but I don’t remember who’s marinade we ended up using.)

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  1. i would like to respectfully suggest that maybe #80 should take a moment to count their blessings as most of us don’t even have a pet pig to feed

    also i will confess that while #73 is not me, the behavior described does make me absolutely bananas

  2. #67 is me. We went 97 rounds on this one over about a decade with me getting mad every time she left toothpaste residue in the cap because it was clear evidence of flip top usage.

    Having kids made this fight go away because who the fuck cares when you haven’t sleep in three days?

  3. I’m on the side of #30’s girlfriend: I fight with my best mate/housemate because he puts the cups in the sink rather than beside them! Because, if you do that, then the sink get’s all full and you can’t fit the kettle under the tap to make a brew. Obviously. Then we fight because he uses a new spoon for every cup of tea, rather than just having a teaspoon for the whole day. We drink a lot of tea. This is important.

  4. I forgot to put this in the survey, but the stupidest fight we’ve ever had was whether our (imaginary future) children should be raised to believe in Santa Claus or not. She thinks it’s “lying to children” and I think I might be dating the grinch.

      • I don’t know about the other 2 couples, but we resolved it when I told her that if she wanted to raise them without Santa she could, but she also had to be the one to break the news to both of our moms.

    • True story: when I was 7, and my mother told me I was not allowed to tell my younger brother that Santa wasn’t real, we had a huge fight, because I thought it wasn’t fair that parents could lie to us, but if I told a lie, I got punished.
      I was grounded for talking back, and as an I have trust issues, and will not stand for people lying to me. (Although, that is possibly something that would have happened even without that fight.)

      • My GF actually really believed in Santa when she was little, to the point of re-converting some of her classmates that had started to outgrow santa. When her parents finally told her the truth, she went through the whole, “but if there’s no santa…there’s no god!” It was pretty traumatic. I do see where she’s coming from, haha, I just love christmas.

    • My mom raised us… not without Santa per se, because we’d still play the game, but definitely with the knowledge that Santa was really Mom and Dad. She has some pretty serious trust issues courtesy her childhood, so I think that whole “lying to children” thing was a big block for her.

      Anyway, I grew up to be a big weirdo but that probably would have happened anyway.

  5. i filled out the survey and forgot about our best/dumbest fight ever. She overnight mailed me the Wrong Kind of ginger chews. I sat on the kitchen floor and cried-yelled into the phone that they were the wrong kind and how could she not listen to me or care enough to get the right kind etc etc etc. Turns out, they were the right kind. Whoops. To be fair, I was 8 weeks pregnant with the worst morning sickness. And one week away from defending my phd. She still teases me about ginger chews…

  6. Just remembered that we had a pretty good fight over whether you mix the spaghetti sauce together with the noodles in the pot, or if you spoon the sauce over the noodles on the plate. It was almost a deal-breaker.

  7. Most ridiculous argument I think I ever had with a girlfriend was the great “is it really a date if we’re at home and you’re just going to complain about work and ask me if I fed the animals?” debate of 2012.

  8. 67. A screw top, obvs. A flip top would just get gunk buildup by the hinge and stop closing all the way and then every time you used the toothpaste the very top of it would be dried out! Yuck!

    74. Chicken only has three levels of doneness. Raw, cooked, and overcooked. There is no such thing as well-done chicken.

  9. hypothetical spoons and throwing a waffle made me laugh.

    can i say that this list of stressful things made me feel a lot more normal and logical for not even wanting to share a house with a future spouse. get your own place to leave the ice cube trays empty, imaginary love of my life. leave the sponge water-logged as much as you like, non-existant partner, just do it in your own dang place. paying all of my housing would be covered by hypothetical salary of future-me.

    it’s a great plan, everyone.

  10. 71. Whether she can call a flipper a spatula ( It’s a flipper)

    I asked my girlfriend if she submitted this one and she scoffed and said no because they were both wrong because it’s actually called a lifter.

    The lifter/spatula fight of 2015.

  11. I’m pretty sure only the last two would still happen. Though #2… it was INCREDIBLY good pizza.

    1. When asked how long to cook something, I without thinking responded “Until it’s ready,” and got yelled at for being unhelpful and keeping the recipe for myself. I wasn’t being obnoxious, it’s just how I cook!

    2. I picked finishing a slice of someone’s homemade pizza over their romantic overture. NO REGRETS.

    3. They added dish detergent to the sponge every other dish. Nearly an entire bottle of dish detergent would get used on one sinkload. I could not deal with the waste.

    4. They wet-mopped wooden floors and put wooden cutting boards in the dishwasher.

  12. Lol, number 16! I remember once, she baked chicken for dinner. She was actually a pretty good cook, so I figured this must’ve been an accident. Anyway, we sit to eat and it tastes as though we bit into a box of table salt. I ask her, “what happened?” She figured she added too much salt and we spent the next morning putting the chicken in water because it was way too strong to eat like that.

  13. #6 is my favorite! So hilarious!

    As for #78, it had better be really exceptional whiskey to get upset over putting some in a cake. I adore whiskey, but c’mon life’s too short.

    This has me really thinking about my own snappishness during quarantine with my lovely wife and our amazing 4 year old, though, and our absurd disagreements such as how one properly loads a dishwasher, or how full can one make the front-loading clothes washing machine.

    For the record, our front-loading washing machine’s manual states that one can pack the drum with unfolded articles of clothing, and they will all get clean just fine. However, my dearest wife of 5 years firmly believes that some people–such as myself–“overload the machine, and not everything gets clean.”

    But then I remember the plights of my straight friends, and remember just how lucky I am!

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