The unwritten house rules of Britain’s homes

  • We earn a commission for products purchased through some links in this article.
  • Do you abide by these ‘rules’ in your home?

    We’re a nation of house proud Brits. We can’t get enough of TV and online property porn, and like nothing better than showing off our style and personality at home.

    But how seriously do you take your position of a proud homeowner?

    A new study into life behind closed doors has revealed the top 50 house rules we’re living to – both in our own homes and other people’s.

    No shoes on the sofa tops the list, followed by always flush the toilet (!) and no shoes worn past the front door.

    The survey, by Yale UK, polled 2,000 people to compile the 50 rules. Do you live by them, or are you much more relaxed about your home – and your guests?

    The list seems to get pretty strict as it goes on (no pets on the sofa?!) but we would love to know if you agree with the rules…

    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’

    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

    Animal lover? Check out our easy way to make your home pet friendly.

    All the latest from Ideal Home