Since the age of 18 I have managed, without female intervention or supervision, to
floss and brush my teeth,
prevent myself from starving,
clean my humble abode,
and a whole host of other things that have kept me alive and in reasonably good physical condition and health.
Enter the ladies.
Not one girl in the history of girls could just leave my place well enough alone.
No this must be cleaned.
No this must be put away.
No these clothes must be folded (which I know for a fact they don't because I haven't folded clothes since 1993 and the world has yet to spontaneously explode).
So permit me a new rule in the little lexicon of Cappy Cap;
"The most cleansed cleans."
You see, I clean to a standard that I find is necessary and eliminates biological messes and threats. Ergo the toilet is normally cleaned as is the sink, but the papers on my desk are not. The showed is scrubbed down with bleach when needed, but the clothes will remain in their respective "clean" and "dirty" piles until I do laundry.
Naturally this upsets those of the female persuasion.
"Why doesn't he KNOW that's NOT where the clothes go!!"
"Doesn't he KNOW that's NOT how papers should be stacked!!!?"
So the answer is simple - "If it's bothering you that much, then clean."
This rule solves that vast majority of domestic excuses between the men and the ladies. If you don't like the standards of a certain aspect of the house, then by all means upgrade it to your satisfaction. It's already up to mine, ergo, any further cleanliness is up to you.
But don't be so quick to think it is a cheap way for men to get out of cleaning. Consider the maintenance of the house and other fixed assets.
If left to the devices of women oil would be changed once every 63,000 miles and air filters never. The roof would be curled and warped as the shingles would be approaching 80 years old. And siding would be falling off as the first brisk fall breeze would come through. It is merely an issue of who has the lowest tolerance that determines who does what work.
Thus, instead of fighting and complaining, perhaps everybody should clean, maintain and do chores to their own personal level and not somehow view this as somebody too damn lazy to do it and thus "being their slave."
This has been a PSA from Cappy Cap.