19 Things We’d All Secretly Change About Our Partners If We Could

Prepare to nod in sympathetic agreement or cringe in self-realization as we reveal the 19 innocuous yet maddening habits we’d love to change about our partners if only we could do so without bruising their feelings. They may be terribly petty, but they’re also awfully irritating!

Their Snoring

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Nothing strains an otherwise loving relationship like a nightly symphony of snoring. While our beloved partner may be enjoying a profoundly restful slumber, this is only endearing for so long.

Overzealous Sports Fandom

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Being passionate about a competitive sport can be endearing, but when that passion equates to obsessive behavior like prioritizing game-watching above all else, anger at the opposition, or a mood that depends on team performance, it can get tiresome.

The Bathroom Towel Situation

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It seems trivial, but leaving a wet towel astray can seem like laziness and be a source of domestic contention. Even though we accept that it’s entirely unintentional, it feels thoughtless and childish.

Love For Weird Foods

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Living with someone often means you have full disclosure on their dietary choices. From pineapple on pizza to odd food combinations, sometimes our loved one’s palate can put us off our own meal!

The ‘Five More Minutes’ Morning Routine

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It may be relatable and endearingly ‘human’ to want to hide from the day’s tasks and linger in comfort just a moment longer, but constant snooze-hitters can increase the stress in a household for everyone.

Overpacking

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Some people can’t seem to decide what to leave behind- so they take everything! But does anyone really need three bags for a weekend getaway? Sometimes, it feels like they’re prepping for a cross-continental expedition, not two nights with their parents.

Trying to ‘Fix’ Everything

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If your partner is a born problem solver, their confidence to fix things can be overestimated, even if their intentions are pure. From leaky taps to unsolicited advice, their desire to do it all themselves doesn’t always equate to the best outcome.

Gadget Obsession

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While it’s endearingly fascinating to see their constant, child-like excitement at every new technology purchase, the growing mountain of tech can create problems, highlighting a clear shortage of both storage and attention span!

Their Unique Dancing Style

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The saying goes that everyone should “dance like nobodies watching,” but sometimes people are watching, including the dancer’s partner. Dancing is an expression of musical appreciation and joy, but that doesn’t mean that their moves don’t resemble a fish out of water.

Binge-watching Questionable TV Shows

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Entertainment preferences are personal, and everyone has their guilty pleasures, but what our partners deem binge-worthy can sometimes be maddening. A show that can be tolerated once a week can quickly become unbearable when blasted non-stop in the communal living space.

Random Collections

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Though we love our partners dearly, that love doesn’t necessarily extend to piles of old concert tickets, Star Wars memorabilia, or an array of tacky fridge magnets. It can look like a pile of useless junk to anyone but them.

Their Storytelling Skills

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Is there anything more infuriating than hearing your partner ‘butcher their way’ through a story you both know? Sometimes the story is elongated beyond all reason, boring the audience, or told with no clear narrative, going off on tangents and confusing everyone.

Over-Enthusiastic DIY

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A passion for modifying your shared space may come from a desire to impress you and improve your environment, but no one wants to spend every weekend at Home Depot or in a construction zone.

Hyperactivity

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Do you have a partner who just can’t sit still? From constantly tapping their foot to getting up every few minutes, their restlessness can be infectiously stressful. While such ceaseless movement can signify energy, preparedness, and a zest for life, it can also make relaxing around them difficult and ‘switching off’ after a stressful day near impossible.

Unique Fashion Choices

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Nothing better reflects a person’s unique sense of self than their fashion sense. If your partner’s wardrobe choices frequently leave you puzzled, amazed, or embarrassed, it can be challenging to keep your opinions hidden.

Forgetfulness

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With some people, every day is a mini treasure hunt for their keys, phone, wallet, or other essential items, and they’re sure to enlist the help of those they live with or even accuse them of ‘hiding’ things.

Singing in the Shower

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Like passionate dance moves (but likely far less public), belting out tunes in the shower can be a loud and toneless part of living with a partner, especially if their internal pop star outshines the realities of their voice talents!

Overanalyzing Movies

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Movies can be entertaining, moving, and complicated, but that doesn’t mean we always want to get deeply involved in a lengthy discussion about artistic merit, plot loopholes, character development, and scripting inconsistencies.

Leaving Cupboard Doors Open

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Okay, yes, this does sound petty. But anyone who’s ever smacked their head on a carelessly left-open door can attest to how annoying (and painful) such thoughtlessness can be.

This seemingly trivial oversight offers a peek into the world of someone so engrossed in the task at hand that they forget the common courtesy of “leaving things as you find them.”

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