The Post-it Wars

June 4th, 2007 · 23 comments

After receiving numerous “helpful tips” from her roommate at the University of Minnesota…

Tips for keeping counters clean!

TIP: If you use the sponge, squeeze it out and put it on the side of the sink. It will last longer and not get stinky! Thanks

DISH ETIQUETTE:  1) Please soak pots & pans IMMEDIATELY after use.  2) Put dishes in dishwasher right after washing them out.   3) Place cleaned cookware on a towel next to the sink.  4) Rinse dishes right after use.  5) Be considerate!

…Lydia decided to add a few “tips” of her own. (The large signs on the oven and the microwave were already there.)

Roommate's revenge

related: Meet the world’s crankiest roommate

FILED UNDER: "helpful" advice · blitzkrieg approach · cleaning · college life · dishes · etiquette · excessive underlining · exclamation-point happy!!!! · food · kitchen · microwave · Minnesota · rebuttals · roommates · sponges

23 responses so far ↓

  • #1   babychaos

    I love this site, I have linked to you because I’m doing something similar on my own…. only with vegetables… although I think I might be the passive aggressive one…


    Mrs L Carrot

    Jun 4, 2007 at 11:49 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #2   seamus

    You know what really makes me want to keep the kitchen counter clean? Comparing it to a feces-encrusted anus.

    Jun 4, 2007 at 1:15 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #3   Michael

    this is…. amazing…. words cannot describe how I feel….

    Jun 4, 2007 at 1:24 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #4   Zanna

    Oh man, my roommate used to leave notes on EVERYTHING. Stuff just like this. There were some great ones too, I should have taken some pictures.

    Jun 4, 2007 at 11:34 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #5   Robyn

    I feel sorry for the note taker. People who don’t clean up after themselves are [email protected] You’re not living at home anymore, grow up & wipe down the bench!

    Jun 5, 2007 at 2:31 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #6   kissmenow

    :))) the last picture is surely that of a very very desperate person. COOL! keep it up ;)

    Jun 5, 2007 at 5:50 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #7   thecleaner

    Those notes are a bit much but as the one who spends way too much time cleaning up behind two slobs, I can relate. It only takes a few seconds to wipe down counters and microwaves and put your own dishes in the dishwasher. No one wants to clean up behind other adults. That will drive you batty!

    Jun 5, 2007 at 10:31 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #8   Jill

    I can understand not wanting to clean up after slobs but to be treated as a child… no no no… I would never be able to deal with this roommate!

    Jun 5, 2007 at 3:20 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #9   joebec

    is this like a daycare center run by 3 yr olds??

    Jun 5, 2007 at 5:11 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #10   almostgotit

    I was the naughty roommate back then. I probably needed more post-it notes, or (the electronic version) email memos. All of which are substitutions for the real work of talking it out, eh? I wonder if the real reason this is so funny is because it seems a little too familiar…

    Jun 5, 2007 at 5:36 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #11   Tom

    The next tip should say.

    Tip #142

    (see tip #143 on how to stop doing so)

    Jun 10, 2007 at 12:42 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #12   Dangergrrl

    My ex’s childhood home had labels all over it just like this…”put cap on toothpaste,” “turn off water”…apparently Dad was driven to do it because neither his wife or child was capable of simple tasks. It should have clued me in. My question is, who exactly is passive-aggressive here?
    Happy Birthday, Vauhn, and put the cap on the toothpaste, willya?

    Jun 19, 2007 at 2:03 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #13   Luke

    Lydia, you are my hero. The original note writer gives me the impression that they are not just passive aggressive, but a control freak, too. The kinda person that angrily vacuums at 6:45 am because they lost an argument the day before.

    Jun 29, 2007 at 12:04 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #14   wzel

    If I found these notes in a shared kitchen, one of those blue post-its would’ve said: “Uh, I kinda got confused by the counter note and thought you wanted me to wipe my ass w/ the kitchen sponge. That explains the funky smell. My bad.”

    Jul 8, 2007 at 7:55 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #15   jen

    ugh, if anyone ever said “shame on you” to me regarding my dishwashing habits, i’d feel tempted to be passive-agressive back too.

    Aug 4, 2007 at 12:33 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #16   ghost733

    I love note #3 from Seamus.

    Feb 19, 2008 at 11:02 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #17   sprucemoose

    Good thing I don’t live there. I have to decide today whether to wash dishes or use paper plates. The only dishwasher I have is me.

    Mar 3, 2008 at 12:24 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #18   jester bang

    I genuinely thought the first post-it said something about wiping down during cocking….

    May 2, 2008 at 6:47 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #19   mac

    id do the same thing, exept more post its, and glitter or somthing, maybe gt a scrolling text sign and bolt it to somthing,

    Sep 17, 2008 at 9:53 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #20   jason

    Team roommate. Take care of yourself like a grown-up.

    May 4, 2009 at 3:26 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

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