The Bathroom Question You Must Ask Before Getting Married


how do you hang the toilet paper?Tonight is the finale of The Bachelor. Rumor has it Brad will propose to either Chantal or Emily. Ahh, marriage! Aside from being in love, there are practical matters to think about, to ponder, to figure out if your partner is "marriage material."

You ask yourself questions: Will he be a good dad? Does he make me laugh (remember, the Obamas credit laughter as what keeps their union strong)? Does he believe in God? Does he get along with my family?

Then there's the little stuff: Is he neat? Is he messy? Does he snore? Does he eat with a strange clicking sound? Does he hum when he poops?

Sometimes those little ones can make or break a relationship, even more so than those biggies. I know there was one question my husband asked me before we got married and, if I had answered incorrectly, it may very well have ended our relationship:

How do you hang the toiler paper roll: over or under?

Yes, it brings a chuckle, a guffaw, a giggle, but, people, this is a serious topic. Think about it. You get married, you share a home (ergo a bathroom) with this person -- for the rest of your life! If you don't agree on how to hang the toilet paper, imagine the aggravation it will cause one of you on a daily basis for years. You let that kind of daily annoyance build up, and you end up on the evening news for wrapping your spouse in toilet paper while he sleeps and then filing for divorce -- at the age of 73.

It is just one of those things every couple should ask each other before they embark on the whole marriage thing. You have to find out which way your potential spouse hangs the roll. Ann Landers, advice queen of the ages, wrote on this topic and got amazing amounts of feedback from her readers. Cottonelle even centered a whole ad campaign around the "over or under" debate. Has Chris Harrison discussed this with Brad? Has Brad asked out how Emily and Chantal hang the roll? 

Both my husband and I are "over" people, thank goodness. Though, looking back on it, I should have asked him a follow-up question: will he ever replace an empty toiler paper roll with a fresh one?

How do you feel about the "over or under" debate?


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Ursul... Ursula187

My husband and I were both "over" people.  Until our daughter started walking.   Now we're "under" people because we'd rather have the toilet paper roll "under" than constantly clean up the unrolled "over" toilet paper roll.

PonyC... PonyChaser

I'm an Over Nazi. My husband, on the other hand, loves to be an Agitator, and although he claims to not care about the whole over/under debate, will regularly install the replacement roll under. And if I complain about it, his response is, "at least I changed it.... other guys wouldn't even do that!"  grrrrr.....

Cafe Amy Cafe Amy

I vote for OVER! Who wants your toilet paper touching the wall before you use it!?

momma4vr momma4vr

neither of us care lol so its nice :)

poshkat poshkat

over and under is not such a big fight in this house as actually replacing the damn toilet paper when you freaking finish it!!!!!!! :-)

Dakota Brizendine

Over always, but my 8 month old loves to unroll it so we may reconsider under. Also I heard people use an average of 5 less squares when it is under... so perhaps under conserves more resources :-P

nonmember avatar Katie

He is lucky if I hang it at all!

Young... YoungHold

Over for me, don't think husband cares.  And the switching to under for toddlers must just be a girl thing.  Under would only delay the inevitable for my son - maybe 5 seconds to figure out how it rolls and then it would still be all over the floor . . . and into the hallway . . . and into the living room.

PonyC... PonyChaser

Apparently, I'm lucky on the unrolling front... two dogs, one cat and one child, and I've never had that problem... knock wood.

Zamaria Zamaria

My husband can't seem to handle replacing the empty roll with a new one. Guess it's just too stressful for him. (rolling eyes) I am an under person. Over drives me insane. I don't know why. But it does. I even switch them at work if someone puts it in wrong. Lol

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