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post #1 of 16
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Ok, another thought I had...I posted something else about it a second ago, but thought it would be funny to run a thread about what your boyfriend/girlfriend or husband/wife or fiance's home was like before you worked your either masculine or feminine magic on it.

My Danny....

He had an upside down, small, round laundry basket for a coffee table. He would eat food left out overnight. He had a large moving box as the tv's platform to sit on. He had a sheet for drapery. And he used his computer monitor's box as a nightstand, complete with phone numbers (not women's) and important info written on it.

Not to mention, his diet consisted of reheated frozen corndogs and macaroni & cheese (both of which he'd bought in bulk at some time in the past), as well as mushrooms with bacon & onion dip. Of course, pizza and other fast food fell in the mix, but those were his "homemade" meals. I've never been able to break the 2 liter of Coke a night thing...in fact, he's got ME addicted now!! LOL!!

LOL!! When I moved in with him, I really didn't understand how he'd lived like that!! Men are so funny!! Needless to say, we have REAL furniture now, and I make dinner most nights to avoid the fastfood idea. LOL...and I DON'T mean mac & cheese!!
post #2 of 16
My boy had two sometimes-roommates (he worked with them - long story) and a friend from Germany who had went into a coma and gone insane (another long story) living on his couch. He'd bragged that he had this huge apartment to himself most of the time, but when we hooked up they were ALL there!

His room was really his space, and it was a mess! He had an old futon he slept on (which was apparently a step up from the DEFLATED air matresses he used to sleep on), he constantly bought new sheets and the dirty ones sat in a pile by the futon. He had two very small desks of different heights that he had his computer, TV and keyboard on.

Don't get me started on the kitchen. It mainly had his stuff since he was the only one there all the time. Lets just say there were things from when he'd just moved in still in the freezer.

A trip to IKEA was one of the first things we did as a couple.

Oh! And I almost forgot the paper plate on his dresser, that had something... very old... on it. It may have once been some sort of food matter.
post #3 of 16
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Originally Posted by eatrawfish
My boy had two sometimes-roommates (he worked with them - long story) and a friend from Germany who had went into a coma and gone insane (another long story) living on his couch. He'd bragged that he had this huge apartment to himself most of the time, but when we hooked up they were ALL there!

His room was really his space, and it was a mess! He had an old futon he slept on (which was apparently a step up from the DEFLATED air matresses he used to sleep on), he constantly bought new sheets and the dirty ones sat in a pile by the futon. He had two very small desks of different heights that he had his computer, TV and keyboard on.

Don't get me started on the kitchen. It mainly had his stuff since he was the only one there all the time. Lets just say there were things from when he'd just moved in still in the freezer.

A trip to IKEA was one of the first things we did as a couple.

Oh, man, too funny to read. That was another thing...his kitchen had NOTHING to cook with, but some hodgepodge pots and a wok. Lol...and he NEVER cooked Chinese food...I still don't know why he had it. LOL!!

Needless to say, I was VERY happy to buy things to cook with, and our wedding registry was MOSTLY kitchen things.
post #4 of 16
Hubby had his own house - with not much furniture in it having found himself alone again. But it was clean and tidy and he had made the curtains for most of the rooms.

He's handy around the house my hubby and does most of the cooking, cleaning, washing & ironing around here.
post #5 of 16
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Originally Posted by flisssweetpea
Hubby had his own house - with not much furniture in it having found himself alone again. But it was clean and tidy and he had made the curtains for most of the rooms.

He's handy around the house my hubby and does most of the cooking, cleaning, washing & ironing around here.
Awww...you got lucky! Not that my husband can't cook a mean steak, or pork chop... But he does leave the decorating, and most of the meal planning, up to me.
post #6 of 16
My fiance was a homeowner before we met, and when he bought his house, his mom helped him pick out the basics, but it was still pretty stark and bachelor-like. (Clean, though.)

He knew how to make basics like macaroni & cheese and spaghetti, but he mostly lived on cereal and fast food. Now that we live together, we make weekly meal plans and I usually make dinner, although he often helps.

He cleans up after himself, knows how to do his own laundry, and puts the toilet seat down.
post #7 of 16
My BF was living at his parents house (they had moved out) and looking after it for them so I couldn't change anything! It was all pinks and greens and not our style at all... so I guess he had absolutely no say! Seemingly though, before he moved back there he lived with his brother and two friends in a townhouse where they built a 10 ft long, 6ft high wall of beer cans which only came down in summer when the flies got too bad!
post #8 of 16
Oh, gods! Don't get me started ! The house we're living in is actually, in a roundabout fashion, the house he grew up in and the house he was living in with his folks when we started dating. I like to say that his folks were too busy saving the world to bother with mundane things like fixing broken windowpanes and keeping things straight ...

I remember the first time I saw his room; there was like a path to the bed, there were several plates by said bed, with dregs on them, the obligatory clothes that had just dropped where they'd fallen, every horizontal surface covered with books and papers. The path to his room through the den took in racks of old vacuum packed foods as his folks were really into survivalism and the John Birch society at one point. I think his dad was even on the state school textbook committee at some point.

But after having to clean up after his pack-rat relatives about 3 times, and MY packrat mom a couple of times ... We've both almost gotten into minimalism.

The complete story of the metamorphosis is on my website.
post #9 of 16
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Originally Posted by nekokaasan
He cleans up after himself, knows how to do his own laundry, and puts the toilet seat down.
Now that is something I have to salute your and my men for...being clean. My hubby also is sure to put the seat down (which not many men actually care about). Not only that, but he wipes down the bottom part of the toilet (the part the seat rests on) JUST IN CASE...which I think is wonderful.
post #10 of 16
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Originally Posted by icklemiss21
Seemingly though, before he moved back there he lived with his brother and two friends in a townhouse where they built a 10 ft long, 6ft high wall of beer cans which only came down in summer when the flies got too bad!
Oh man...that is too funny...AND gross!! LMAO!!
post #11 of 16
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Originally Posted by maherwoman
Ok, another thought I had...I posted something else about it a second ago, but thought it would be funny to run a thread about what your boyfriend/girlfriend or husband/wife or fiance's home was like before you worked your either masculine or feminine magic on it.

My Danny....

He had an upside down, small, round laundry basket for a coffee table. He would eat food left out overnight. He had a large moving box as the tv's platform to sit on. He had a sheet for drapery. And he used his computer monitor's box as a nightstand, complete with phone numbers (not women's) and important info written on it.

Not to mention, his diet consisted of reheated frozen corndogs and macaroni & cheese (both of which he'd bought in bulk at some time in the past), as well as mushrooms with bacon & onion dip. Of course, pizza and other fast food fell in the mix, but those were his "homemade" meals. I've never been able to break the 2 liter of Coke a night thing...in fact, he's got ME addicted now!! LOL!!

LOL!! When I moved in with him, I really didn't understand how he'd lived like that!! Men are so funny!! Needless to say, we have REAL furniture now, and I make dinner most nights to avoid the fastfood idea. LOL...and I DON'T mean mac & cheese!!

you've been in such a lovey dovey mood today.....
post #12 of 16
Well, my husband lives with me but he THINKS it is his Bachellors pad!!!
He leaves his soda's out. Clothes everywhere!! If it weren't for the cats the toilet seat would always be up!!! After two years, I still don't have him trained!!!
He lived at home until we got married and his moher still made his bed and cleaned his room for him... ::censor::censor::censor::
post #13 of 16
Since his was his barracks room, it was pretty neat. Just a bunch of cigarette butts in the trash. A small tiny bed, his computer and his clothes.
post #14 of 16
My husband lived with his mom. He never left his bedroom except to go to the bathroom and scavenge food, due to psycho older brother from hell. That's another story. His idea of decorating was that everything is black. Bedspread, curtains, lamps, etc. He had shelves on the wall with his star trek and iron maiden paraphanelia. He had a 36 inch TV, cabinet, hundreds of CDs and DVDs, a computer and mini fridge all crammed in this room. I had my own apt and I swear when we moved in together he had more stuff! He recreated his room in the spare bedroom and has done so again in the new house in the basement. We did get rid of the black stuff, slowly...
post #15 of 16
My ex-fiance (with whom I still live) had just bought a new house (he was 28) in a new neighborhood so the house was new and clean and pretty. He had it for about a year before we met and he actually cleaned it. Of course, there were times I came over early and saw him busting his butt to get it clean, so maybe he only cleaned before I came over. He had furniture though, and it looked like a normal one-person home. The only messy part was his storage room, and he's a pack-rat. However, his mother decorated it and I guess he didn't really care how it was decorated. The watermelon motif in the kitchen soon vanished after I moved in, but other than that and taking down a few ugly paintings, I didn't have to do much to it. There are still things here that I don't like but they're antiques that his parents gave him because they used to own an antiques store and really love them--and he likes them too. I left almost everything the way it was though because I didn't really care, and I've lived here 7 years! I like decorating, but mostly just buying pretty things. Now it's a matter of keeping it neutral so it will sell easier.
post #16 of 16
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Originally Posted by flisssweetpea
Hubby had his own house - with not much furniture in it having found himself alone again. But it was clean and tidy and he had made the curtains for most of the rooms.

He's handy around the house my hubby and does most of the cooking, cleaning, washing & ironing around here.


My husband had his own house too, with nearly no furniture! Two couches, a chair, the kitchen table, and oh yeah, all the electronics I could dream of. The pillows on his bed were these two beat up feather things that he'd had since he was five...let's just say that I started to improve upon things before I even know he was the one.

I said, "if you don't get curtains up in your bedroom I am never sleeping in there again. " There were curtains up within a week. At that point, my technique worked like a charm!
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