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10 people, one kitchen

July 13th, 2007 · 66 comments

alanna lives in a house in ottawa with nine other girls, where “dishes are always being left in the sink dirty and growing stuff, or clean on the counter taking up space.” a note war has commenced on the window above the fridge.

there are 10 people sharing this kitchen

by popular demand, alanna has helpfully posted another picture showing the underlying notes!

10 people, one kitchen

FILED UNDER: Canada · dishes · excessive underlining · kitchen · note wars · Ottawa · roommates

66 responses so far ↓

  • #1   kiki

    It’s a shame that we can’t see more of the underlying notes. Are more pics available?

    Jul 13, 2007 at 6:34 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #2   kelmeister

    It looks like all the notes except the pink one were written by the same person. Of course, it seems like all girls under 25 have the same handwriting…

    Jul 13, 2007 at 6:39 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #3   Mitsu

    Lol, this is too much. We should be able to see the underlying notes. When you live with 9 other people, this is bound to happen!
    PS: you’re from Ottawa? Represent!! (I don’t want to make assumptions, but you probably are from Sandy Hill…. this does sound like a Sandy Hill situation).

    Jul 13, 2007 at 6:47 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #4   Alanna

    Hahah I am living in Sandy Hill…. great guess! I’ll try to take a picture of the other notes…. this is just one example of notes around the house.

    Jul 13, 2007 at 6:57 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #5   stopthepresses

    Might I suggest killing the other nine?

    Jul 13, 2007 at 7:21 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #6   kiki

    Ahhh…Sandy Hill.

    But it could be worst….if you were going to Carleton instead of UofO….you could be living in China Town. At least most Sandy Hill homes have some character…..but then again…with more character….comes more characters (and Notes).

    Jul 13, 2007 at 7:31 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #7   Trev

    I trust, Alanna, you’re not an offender? I really do want to join Team alanna, if for no other reason then you’ll give more notes!

    Jul 13, 2007 at 7:32 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #8   bethany

    TEN PEOPLE?? Props to Alana and co for sharing a kitchen ten ways and not killing somebody already. These notes are relatively tame.

    Jul 13, 2007 at 7:35 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #9   bethany

    (sorry, alanna. I misspelled your name…)

    Jul 13, 2007 at 7:36 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #10   Alanna

    No, I’m not an offender… merely an innocent bystander. I’ll have to start documenting more of the notes throughout the house.

    It’s too bad I’m only here for the summer months…

    Jul 13, 2007 at 7:36 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #11   Fred Netter

    Having 10 people — any 10 people — living in the same house is automatically asking for trouble. No sympathy from me on this one.

    Jul 13, 2007 at 8:10 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #12   Daniel Hoffmann-Gill

    Note overdose, worse than smack…

    Jul 13, 2007 at 8:21 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #13   S.S.


    Of course there’s no space (and no common sense, apparently).

    My roomate and I had little space in our kitchen, and there were only 2 of us! (tiny kitchen though). But nine people in a kitchen of ANY size is just madness.

    Jul 13, 2007 at 8:41 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #14   Straw

    I love the one that says “I suppose that is the last time you touch my dishes without my permission.”

    She only supposes it’s the last time?

    Jul 13, 2007 at 8:51 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

  • #15   Brown

    Paper plates…plus I’ve always been partial to cooking on the front porch by burning newspaper in a coffee can…Mmm. nothing like red-neck hotdogs.

    Jul 13, 2007 at 9:15 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #16   sloopin


    A 24-year-old is a woman, not a girl.


    Jul 13, 2007 at 9:16 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #17   S.S.

    Paper plates stink, unless you’re in a picnic. Food just doesn’t taste the same on them.

    Jul 13, 2007 at 9:26 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #18   Heather

    “Please don’t move my dishes or my pot.”

    I know what she meant, but my mind totally went to drugs. Shameful, I know.

    Jul 13, 2007 at 9:46 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #19   Alanna

    It’s kinda funny… for the most part we all get along in the house… considering the fact that no one knew each other at the beginning of the summer. Most of us are subletting from full time Ottawa U students.
    They are building another kitchen in the basement of the building (which was a women’s shelter at some point… which is another interesting fact… I can’t imagine women needing shelter wanting to share a kitchen either!)
    so maybe we’ll have less issues when there is another kitchen….

    Jul 13, 2007 at 10:01 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #20   Shawn

    Alanna, do you all share a bathroom too? This can’t be the only front in the note war… ;-)

    Jul 13, 2007 at 10:12 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #21   Alanna

    Fortunately we don’t all share 1 bathroom… we have 3 actual toilets… all kinda stall style…..

    It’s like living in a hostel but we each have our own room!

    Jul 13, 2007 at 10:23 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #22   BoggyWoggy

    It seems it might be a good idea to buy a bunch of those big Rubbermaid tubs…and each housemate gets their own to keep their kitchen crap in. Then, each person could put a P-A note on top of their own tub…and put a lock on it, just to be sure no one moves their dishes or pots!

    Jul 13, 2007 at 10:38 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #23   cre8tivewmn

    10 people sharing a kitchen and she keeps her pot and dishes in (on?) the stove? (Is that what it says?) How is anybody supposed to cook? What a primadonna!

    Wouldn’t it be a shame if her dishes were damaged by heat from other people cooking while leaving her precious items in place?

    Jul 13, 2007 at 10:48 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

  • #24   Maverick

    10 Canadian girls, one apartment, dirty dishes, fighting, nasty notes………

    So hot.

    Jul 13, 2007 at 12:54 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #25   Trev

    Proving that one can mix Big Brother, Canada’s Next Top Model, and Hell’s Kitchen.

    Not that one would want to, but that’s not the point.

    Jul 13, 2007 at 12:58 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #26   Alanna

    Oh, for all those who wanted to see the original notes under the pink on, I put a picture up on my own blog…

    Jul 13, 2007 at 2:32 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #27   Surabhi

    As one of the girls in this house of 10 (that we darlingly refer to as the “Woman’s Shelter”), I have to say…the dishes and the grossness here is…gross? It’s just astonishing that GIRLS can be this messy. Never mind that, how can anyone actually want to live in filth?!

    The pictures are hilarious, Alanna!

    Jul 13, 2007 at 2:39 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #28   Rhea

    Basically its one girl that has sparked the anger, she seems totally oblivious to everyone else and is soo disgusting.
    The rest of us get along fine, and dont feel the need to leave rotting food out to be infested with maggots and fruit flies!
    This is hilarious Alanna!

    Jul 13, 2007 at 2:54 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #29   Beppo

    I used to think that women were by nature cleaner than men. Then I spent a couple of years as a janitor in a large high school. That experience disabused me of that rather sexist notion in a hurry.

    As for this house, when there are that many people living in such close proximity you really need to have weekly house meetings, because nasty notes just lead to more nasty notes and nothing ever gets decided. Plus you can act like the boys from “The Young Ones” and run around going, “House meeting! House meeting!”

    Jul 13, 2007 at 3:08 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #30   Rhea

    too bad none of us are ever home at the same time

    Jul 13, 2007 at 3:17 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #31   cre8tivewmn

    Thanks for showing the rest of the notes. The duct tape is a nice touch!

    Jul 13, 2007 at 4:51 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #32   Luke

    Hey! I’m movin back to Sandy Hill in about 1.5 months. Long shot, but that wouldn’t happen to be Alanna friend of Julia E., would it?

    Jul 13, 2007 at 4:54 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #33   GhostWriter

    “I suppose that is the last time you touch my dishes without my permission…”

    What an interesting sentence; conjuring up an image of electrically wired dishes (and pot) that shocked an unsuspecting (and totally unpermitted) toucher.


    Jul 13, 2007 at 5:06 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #34   overcrowded

    I share my kitchen with 4 other girls at any given time in university housing. One other girl and I are the only ones who ever do the dishes (and, ironically, we’re the two who a) cook the least, b) cook the least complicated/smelly/messy food). Our other three roommates cook all sorts of nasty shit and leave the pots out to moulder on the burners for days on end, leading to endless armies of cockroaches that the other 3 are then the most vocal to complain about. (Hint: no dirty dishes, no cockroaches, 100% trufax.) I regularly come home to find all 4 stovetop burners occupied by dirty pots and pans that I have to move in order to heat up some water for my tea. The kicker is that the 3 burner-hogging culprits go APESHIT and scream and leave notes when their pots and pans are moved from the stove and into the sink. Because clearly it’s more important for their used and filthy pots and pans to sit on the stove than for anyone else to be able to use it. Honestly, I’d post some of our kitchen’s passive aggressive note wars to this site, but I’m the one writing most of them because I’m sick of living with selfish, disgusting, lazy pigs who are too damned lazy to pick up after themselves but also prone to pissyattacks when someone else picks up after them in order to make the kitchen somewhat useable again. Thank god I graduate next year, so I can go back to living alone or with non-uni-assigned a-holes.

    Jul 13, 2007 at 5:55 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #35   Writer, Rejected

    I’m with Maverick; the whole idea is a little bit hot.
    I like the note that says “If you don’t want to wash your dishes, eat out!”

    Jul 13, 2007 at 6:16 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #36   fj;k

    TEAM yay1!!!
    team alana!!
    team kitchen people!!
    team other 9!!!
    team note writers!!!
    team roommates!!
    team what a bunch of fucking retards

    Jul 13, 2007 at 8:37 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #37   Vampira

    Team Fj;k needs a valium! ^_^

    Jul 13, 2007 at 8:53 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #38   Crysilla

    Response No. 25 FTW!! Only because it made me laugh.

    Thank you Maverick.

    Jul 14, 2007 at 12:09 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #39   Shawn

    Team Maverick!

    Jul 14, 2007 at 3:23 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #40   todd

    gotta love a good notewar like this. epic.

    Jul 14, 2007 at 4:27 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #41   Writer, Rejected

    Team Maverick

    Jul 14, 2007 at 5:56 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #42   Angela Merkel

    I like response #26.
    And now I’m gonna steal the idea and try to sell it to CBS.

    Jul 14, 2007 at 9:00 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #43   Sweet Jane

    I kinda love that fj;k (#37) allied him/herself with team what a bunch of fucking retards.

    Jul 14, 2007 at 10:01 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #44   Chattanoogan

    Alanna, when this degenerates into a note war over taking up window space with too many notes, please post those for us, too.

    Jul 15, 2007 at 7:27 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #45   Alanna


    Jul 15, 2007 at 7:28 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #46   Trev

    Angela Merkel,

    I expect a cut of the profit!

    Jul 16, 2007 at 6:45 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #47   eat me

    the handwriting is that of a 4th grader. who the **ck writes like that? :p

    Jul 16, 2007 at 7:46 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #48   The Fresh Cracker

    I’m with #45, I want to see more note wars!

    Jul 16, 2007 at 8:08 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #49   Gwen

    If *everyone* is leaving notes about being tired of a messy kitchen then the kitchen shouldn’t be messy. So presumably someone isn’t leaving notes.
    It should be easy enough to see who has all left a note and work out who the mess maker is. Then this random PA notes bombing could stop and be more focused on the slob.
    That is, of course, unless some of the people who are bitching about the mess are complete hypocrite. In which case, that person should be tarred and feathered like the dumbass note leaver they are.

    Jul 16, 2007 at 9:53 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #50   Jinks


    Please I had to comment, as I’m 51 years old and haven’t learned to mind my own business yet…..but the key word in all this is “girls”…..I laughed hysterically when I read all the notes… much energy…..wasted…..

    Jul 16, 2007 at 12:21 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #51   Elaina

    I think the duck tape holding the notes up is a nice touch!

    Jul 16, 2007 at 1:13 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #52   Marie Dion

    I live in this house and well is is really disgusting, there are times where i come home from work and I want to cry. I just had a long day at work and the only dishes i want to clean are my own… It truly annoys me…

    Jul 16, 2007 at 4:07 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #53   Har

    if you can’t stand the mess, clean the shit up and stop making notes about it!

    You ever notice people who claim to prize cleanliness are like, the filthiest fucks ever?

    Don’t make any damn speeches, get to scrubbing!

    Jul 16, 2007 at 6:27 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #54   Tarn

    but the point is to make those people clean up after themselves! (Though I’d go for a confrontation rather than the note war).
    Because if you get sick of asking & telling, and start just cleaning it up FOR them, you’re basically fucked.
    Because it’s not as if the slobs will get the message and start doing it themselves. Oh no – they’ll just let you carry on (l’ve learned this the hard way, believe me!)
    And you will resent the hell out of the lazy buggers for forcing you to be their skivvy or live in squalor.
    That way lies violence (but no jury would convict – especially with the notes as evidence!) ;-)

    Jul 17, 2007 at 10:15 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #55   ClatieK

    The key is to pick up the dirty pots/dishes and place them on the offender’s bed. Or in it.

    Jul 17, 2007 at 1:58 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #56   Olivia

    I’m a female and lived with 3 males a few years back. They were the best roommates ever [in retrospect] but one left his rotting dishes by the sink for 2 weeks. One guy had the bright idea to put them all on the offender’s bed. He washed all of his dishes right away from then on.

    And we still speak. Try it ;]

    Jul 17, 2007 at 8:14 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #57   Olivia

    LOL I didn’t read ClatieK’s comment before I posted. It seems we had the same idea, awesome -exclamation point-

    Jul 17, 2007 at 8:14 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #58   Angela Merkel

    Trev –
    sure, 60/40 okay with you?

    Jul 17, 2007 at 9:13 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #59   Alex

    If people cook and do not clean their pots then throw out the dirty cookware and tell them you’ll be doing the same in the future. They can always go to the garbage can and pick up the dirty pots to clean if they are so uptight about it.

    As for this home with 10 users I would suggest to ask the landlord to split the cost of a dishwasher/installation with the 10 and start a bank for soap money.

    Jul 18, 2007 at 2:32 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #60   Bry

    LOL – this totally took me back to third year when I was living with three other girls in a basement suite with the tiniest kitchen ever (seriously, only two people could fit in it at one time and not comfortably). One roommate was awful. I feel your pain. I almost left a nasty post-it note, but decided that some people just never learn and instead tackled the mound of dishes myself (I did make her dry them though). Sounds like you’re not staying there much longer, though – good luck!

    Jul 18, 2007 at 11:10 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #61   Tobias Kickington

    Just wanted to say that I love the fact that there is a Canada tag. Are Canadians particularly passive-aggressive in their note writing?

    Jul 20, 2007 at 7:47 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #62   Kim

    We had this problem in our office kitchen, until someone started throwing away every dish left in the sink. Eventually, we no longer had a problem. Those of us who needed utensils, coffee mugs, cups, and bowls brought (and washed and kept) our own.

    Jul 29, 2007 at 10:41 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #63   milander

    Girls are the worst in the kitchen. Another reason why all , really, all, of the worlds top chefs are men. This is not a sexist comment it is a fact.

    FYI sharing a kitchen with even 10 people is not an issue, I shared one with 30. All it means is that you wash up AFTER YOURSELF. Men are bad at this I admit, but young women are worse… all those petty vanities straight out of a mum does it/we had a dishwasher/the maid did it lifestyles are all just freaking out at the idea of actually putting water in a basin and scrubbing..

    Sorry, no sympathy, them girls need to sort their lives out toot sweet or its anoher generation of ‘me first’ that will divorce at 30. Hope to God they don’t have kids but that’s another story.

    Aug 20, 2007 at 6:36 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #64   LaughterRX bang

    First of all, I live with one other person for the very reason that I don’t like to clean up other people’s messes.

    I shared a house with seven boys (definitely can’t use the word men although they were considered adults by law) and I’d catch them eating cereal off a plate with a spatula just to get out of washing a bowl and spoon. Ahh, the memories of my first home away from home… :)

    Aug 12, 2008 at 3:51 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

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