House Rules

House Rules

When I was a child because I was part of a family of six our parents very sensibly instilled in us the guidelines for peaceful co-existence and respect for others.

However, this did not always work and there were plenty of fights along the way, but the rules had to be followed and most of these have been passed on into my own family and then hopefully to my grandchildren.

These rules are primarily to ensure the house is available and undamaged to all who inhabit it.

Research into the home lives of 2,000 people found never leaving items on the stairs, always hanging coats on the hook not the banister and keeping the toilet seat down are strict rules to abide by.

The 50 ‘house rules’ saw no feeding the dogs at the dinner table, avoiding leaving wet towels on the floor and the last person to bed always checking the door is locked included.

Never going to bed on an argument, turning the TV off when it’s not being watched and keeping the house keys in the designated spot were other rules of the home many live by.

And the age old debate has been settled – mum is more than twice as likely as dad to be ‘the boss’ and make all the rules in British households.

Unwritten rules

Yesterday a spokesman for home security specialists Yale UK, which commissioned the research said: ‘’It’s clear there are many unwritten rules which people abide by in their homes – and the list will make for familiar reading for many.

‘’Many of the rules focus on peace of mind and ensuring a safe and happy environment, which shows taking action towards keeping your property secure should be a top priority for any household.

Just a third actually ask people to take their shoes off when visiting, results showed.

But seven in ten say the toilet seat in their house should strictly always be left down and two thirds insist mobile phones are banned at the dinner table.

Nearly half of those polled insist having rules makes for a better family home and a smoother day to day routine.

The 50 home rules to abide by:

  1. No shoes on the sofa
  2. Always flush the toilet
  3. Take your shoes off in the house
  4. Put clothes in the wash basket
  5. Turn out the lights when you’re not using a room
  6. Empty the bath when you’re done
  7. Don’t leave wet towels on the floor
  8. No swearing
  9. Turn off the TV when you’re not watching it
  10. Toilet seat down
  11. No balls in the house
  12. Coats hung up not on banister
  13. Put your shoes away when you take them off
  14. Always lock the door when you leave
  15. No slamming doors
  16. Never leave anything lying about on the stairs
  17. Don’t eat messy food on the sofa
  18. Last one to go to bed must check the door is locked/windows shut etc.
  19. Last one out locks the door
  20. No looking at phones at the dinner table
  21. Placing keys back in their designated spot/hook
  22. No cups on table without a coaster
  23. No food upstairs
  24. Always put something back where you found it
  25. Complete homework before playing
  26. No shouting
  27. No pets upstairs
  28. Put plates in the dishwasher after eating
  29. All food eaten at the table/ no food in living room
  30. Don’t go to bed on an argument
  31. No going to bed angry with each other
  32. No snacking and ruining your dinner
  33. Always use a coaster
  34. No leaving dishes ‘to soak’ overnight because you’re too lazy to wash
  35. No running in the house
  36. Kids not allowed in the parents’ bedroom
  37. No video games past 9pm
  38. No feeding the dogs at the dinner table
  39. If you cook, your partner cleans
  40. No boyfriends/girlfriends sleeping over
  41. Certain windows shut at all times
  42. No pets allowed on the sofa
  43. No drawing or painting in the bedroom/lounge
  44. Not allowed to sit in dad’s chair
  45. Leave keys on the side near the front door
  46. Put your dirty shoes in the garage
  47. Pet not allowed in the front room
  48. No kids in the study
  49. No ball games in the garden
  50. No talking with your mouth full

No shouting to people in different rooms, we’d add! Mother’s strictest rule “if you want to talk to me you must come into the same room”.

Did you have rules in your house and do your family follow them?