She’s Sick Of Enabling Her Boyfriend By Constantly Cleaning His Apartment

If she were simply baking for herself, she would grin and bear the mess, as she was choosing to bake in that kitchen and was taking advantage of their oven. However, her boyfriend started requesting baked goods from her, like cookies for him to bring to work, but he doesn’t think to clean up his kitchen before she goes over to bake them for him.

Before she can even start baking, she has to clean the kitchen for at least 45 minutes and then clean up her own mess when she’s finished.

“My boyfriend has a very demanding job where he works 50+ hours six days a week, and it’s not uncommon for him to get home, pass out, and then do it again the next day,” she explained.

“For this reason, his other spaces are also a complete disaster, and I’ve been very patient. However, I feel like my help moved into enabling territory a long time ago.” 

Her boyfriend has tried telling her she doesn’t “have” to clean his apartment, but it’s gotten to the point where if she doesn’t do it, the space becomes unbearable to be in, and she can’t even go to the bathroom without stepping on something. 

After all this time of her boyfriend watching her clean his apartment, he still hasn’t gotten the message that he must start doing it himself. He never returns the favor, either. For instance, if she accidentally leaves a dirty dish on a table at his place, he won’t touch it until she returns to clean it because it wasn’t his dirty dish.

“I love my boyfriend more than I’ve ever loved anyone else, and the absolute last thing I want to do is break up with him, but it would be disrespectful to myself to continue ignoring these red flags,” she added.

“We’ve had this conversation a million different times, but there’s been zero meaningful change to his behavior.”

“I feel like I’m stuck between a rock and a hard place because my lease is up in a few months, and after four years, we’re either going to move in together or break up.”

How can she stop enabling her boyfriend and get him to start cleaning up after himself?

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