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Our Editor in Chief Sara Peterson makes sure the opened end of the pillow cases are facing inward on her bed, so guests don’t get a peak inside. This smart move is one I’ve never thought of. (Have I really been making my bed all wrong this entire time?!) We each have little (or big) quirks about how we keep our home. We know your husband never takes off his shoes, and your kids can be a quite messy, but we want to know what really makes your household unique.

Do you need to squeegee the shower doors after each use? Are you diligent about keeping the soap dispenser full? Are your junk drawers actually organized? Hate it when closet doors are left open? Tell us about your habits, pet peeves, and observations in the comments or by emailing us at hgtvmagazine@hearst.com. Please include your full name and hometown.


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10 Responses

  1. I always have to have the opening of the pillowcases facing towards each other, keep the towels folded in a neat pile with all the messy, "open" edges facing towards the back of the closet, keep the toilet paper roll with the end going over (not under), and like to keep my throw blanket folded neatly over the top of the couch.
    Granted, we have our messy junk drawer, toys all over the floor, and everything but food on the dining room table, but those few things are my musts!

  2. HayesTone says:

    The clothes in my closet MUST front face left!

  3. Kara W says:

    Call me crazy, but the cupboard doors need to be closed at all times. Got that, babe? Thanks.

  4. Charity says:

    Cupboard doors must be closed and dishes put away!!!! I despise clutter on the counter!!!

  5. Lisa Mende says:

    I don't like anyone to wash their hands in the kitchen sink, unless they are the cook! That's what the powder room is for! I also like my spices in alphabetical order. Toilet paper should roll down from the top instead of underneath. I like all the towels folded & stacked the same way. I don't like anyone to sit in my chair, got that Hiller?

    • JoAnn says:

      Hi Lisa,

      I'm the same way when it comes to washing your hands. I prefer family members and guests to wash their hands in the bathroom as oppose to the kitchen sink.

  6. 2blessedintx says:

    Yes, yes and yes! I agree with the previous posts- looking at the above photo w/ the 'open' edge of the sheets make me want to go 'fix' it :) )

  7. JoAnn says:

    I'm sure no one thinks of this but me. I close the top on dish liquids, and turn the spray nozzles on 'OFF' on cleaning supplies when finished using. No little ones in the house, but this just feel right. The striped sheets have to be perfectly aligned before my bed is made. Floor rugs with tassels have to be in the same direction. My shoes are lined up by colors and height. In my office space, the pencils and pens are in separate holders. These are my little habits that no one even notice, but it just feels good to me when things are neat and orderly. :-)

  8. Dorothy Abrams says:

    There are a few rules to follow in my home. First…wash your hands with soap. Second, use the paper towels. If you use anything that is shared with the family..put it back!. Always tell the truth. And, if you spill something on the carpet, tell me.


    I have an obsession with toilet paper!!! I have four bathrooms in my house and each one is stocked with at least 30 rolls of toilet paper at all times. The minute four or five rolls have disappeared I run out and buy some more because the fear of running out of this precious commodity is so unsettling to my brain. It has never happened so…where I got this phobia…i will never know!!!

Alyssa SparacinoAlyssa is the Online Editor for HGTV Magazine. She lives in a cozy brownstone apartment in Hoboken with (she likes to think) tons of charm. The older building provides character...


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