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One of the perks of becoming an adult is acquiring and building, over a long period of time, a nice home. This could be an apartment, a house, a boat, an airstream, or a Dodge Conversion Van.

Whichever it is, it's yours, and you get to decide the atmosphere.


For better or worse, that might entail some wildly specific rules on your part. We all have our pet peeves, and ownership of property offers the free reign to act on those.

Thankfully, those nitpicky rules usually come with a backstory. A whole collection of those tales made their way to a recent Reddit thread.

ioyayxan asked, "What isn't allowed in your house?"

For some, it was all about the annoying discoveries that only parenthood could possibly conjure up. Some crafts, they were sorry to say, are just a no-go forever.

Never Ever Gone 

"Glitter. I was a florist for years and so much glitter hitchhiked home with me on my clothes. The best thing about leaving that profession was leaving that horrible craft herpes behind." -- elfalai

"No lie. There's a prom/wedding dress store in a mall near me named 'Glitterati' My daughter and I walked in and there was glitter ALL OVER EVERYTHING! Floors, walls, mirrors. I found some on my jeans as we were leaving the mall. And there was some transfer to the car upholstery as well. That stuff is terrifying" -- LowkeyPony

Not the Quilt!

"Silly Putty is banned from my parents house."

"I'm sure everyone used to play with silly putty as a kid and it was a ton of fun, it was like a fidget toy before fidget toys. Every year the Easter Bunny would leave me some Silly Putty in my Easter Basket."

"I guess one particular year I was playing with it and left it on one of my mom's quilts that she made and I think she put it in the wash."

"The heat from the dryer is was really did it in, it melted the silly putty making it super thin, allowed it to intertwine in the fabric, and completely destroy this quilt my mom spent countless hours making."

"It's been maybe 25 years and I don't think I've played with Silly Putty since."

"I should order her some."

-- mmm-pistol-whip

Like a Bank Robbery in a Movie 

"Oh, this comes with a story."

"String."

"When my siblings and I were around 6-7 I somehow convinced them it would be a GREAT idea if we 'stringed the house.' I think my parents were still asleep or something, because by 'string the house' I meant taking all of the string and tying it to anything and everything across rooms."

"Picture one of those laser mazes, but with string. It's been 10 years and my mother still refuses to let us have string. It's more of a joke now than anything, though!"

-- camrynewt

NOT THE SLIME

"All the fu**ing slime products marketed for kids! Some brands won't come out of carpet and stains surfaces and clothes. Never again!" -- Grave_horse

"Not to mention slime is GROSS. Slime has a soft ban in our house, enforced by me, because I can't stand the idea of a wet glittery blob of germs just BEING in our house." -- RainbowInTheDork

For some house owners, it was people that got the axe. Usually, it amounted to the vile deeds and behaviors of one representative of a certain category of people.

Trying to Make That Close 

"Sales people. I let those kirby vacuum people in once. Never again. I dropped polite hints that it was dinner time, that I had food getting cold."

"They gave no sh**s."

"THESE PEOPLE SHOWED UP WELL BEFORE DINNER WAS EVEN A CONCERN. Over two hours they parked themselves in my house. Finally I said I'm sorry, I'm not interested, please leave my house."

"They still didn't really want to go. I was getting ready to call the police when they finally ambled out the door. Never again."

-- whocares023

A Last Impression 

"My sisters ex. Parents have always been very chill and never really outright banned anything but that guy wasn't allowed anywhere near our property after he stole one of our cars."

-- PC-hris

Staying in the Nest 

"In-laws of any kind. We'll go to their place, that way we get to control when the interaction ends!" -- BoysenberryEasy3653

"Just get a cattle prod." -- Benblishem

"Get a squirt bottle and treat them like a cat who has jumped up onto the stove again. This occupies a sweet spot in the area between passive and active aggression." -- LIRON_Mtn_Ranch

Ya Never Know 

"Vampires. I keep a mirror next to the door to check, and I never ever invite anyone in. I just open the door and let them figure it out."

"No blood sucking happening under my roof no sir"

-- Dreddley

Finally, some people just refused to accept certain behaviors on the part of guests. They put their foot down on the things that just had too many side effects that bothered other guests, or the physical space itself.

Festering in the Fibers 

"Smoking" -- CGA816

"Recently, research shows that toxic tobacco chemicals can basically stick to materials and release over time, which is called third hand smoke." -- semtex94

"Beat me to it. My parents come over and they smoke outside. And when they come inside a few puffs remain in their lungs and they blow it out in the house... gross" -- wrenchplierssocket

Careful Language 

"Calling each other stupid. Acts are stupid, choices can be stupid, people can think and parrot stupid points of view."

"No one calls anyone stupid in this house."

-- omega12596

The Spoils of the Hunt 

"If my dog is reading this, dead animals you find outside!" -- jeskimo

"My dog got around this by killing the squirrel herself and bringing the still-warm corpse inside and very nicely setting it on the couch." -- Mu-Relay

"He brought a present don't be ungrateful" -- demonesder

Hospitable to the Bitter End 

"Being cold or being hungry. I cannot rest until you have a sweater and a sandwich." -- VicariousFly963

"Thanks, grandma." -- Plantayne

No Automatons

"YouTube Kids."

"The algorithm turns my kids into little zombies that watch videos of Russian speaking dudes (we're not Russian) unboxing and playing with toys. Their social skills evaporate every minute they watch that drivel."

-- TyrannosaurusPlofkip

Almost Free 

"Video games. My parents don't allow me to buy video games and consoles. I'm 17 and one month away from turning into an adult, but video games is something that my parents hate! And no, they don't believe video games cause violence."

"They think that video games are stupid and interferes with studies and results in low grades. Haha. I can buy one once I turn 18. My dad is still not okay with it, but my mom kind of is. I'm going to buy the PS5 once it's possible to buy."

-- Variety-Creepy

Ticking All the Boxes

"I have 3 house rules..."

"1-no dying, if you're gonna die go outside 2- no throwing paper towels, do you want broken shit? Cuz that's how you break shit. 3- no smoking meth! That one is self explanatory"

-- dvon988

Cat's Away 

"Whistling. My wife has a weird thing about it after her father forbade it when she was a kid. Little does she know, I whistle the sh** out of this place when she's not home." -- OGkittenmittens

"I have a weird aversion to whistling too. Probably because I can't really whistle. There was this guy who'd come in to my old job to shop and he'd whistle the whole time. It drove me crazy. Idk why I just thought it was really weird to whistle throughout your entire grocery trip." -- AdditionalDoor9


So don't feel too bad if you have a super bizarre rule in your house that alienates a few people here and there. Evidently, that's common.

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