The 50 House Rules Of Britain’s Homes

 The 50 House Rules Of Britain’s Homes

Shoes off the sofa, always use a coaster for cups and no food in the bedroom have been named among the 50 house rules for Britain’s homes, a new study reveals.

Research into the home lives of 2,000 people found never leaving items on the stairs, always hanging coats on the hook not the banister and keeping the toilet seat down are strict rules to abide by.

The 50 ‘house rules’ saw no feeding the dogs at the dinner table, avoiding leaving wet towels on the floor and the last person to bed always checking the door is locked included.

Never going to bed on an argument, turning the TV off when it’s not being watched and keeping the house keys in the designated spot were other rules of the home many live by.

And the age old debate has been settled – mum is more than twice as likely as dad to be ‘the boss’ and make all the rules in British households.

Whereas, Dad is the parent most likely to be charged with checking the home security and doing the rounds to ensure the right windows are closed and doors locked.

A spokesman for home security specialists Yale UK, which commissioned the research said: ‘’It’s clear there are many unwritten rules which people abide by in their homes – and the list will make for familiar reading for many.

‘’From taking your shoes off to putting the toilet seat down, there’s a certain etiquette that still needs to be upheld whether in your home or someone else’s.

‘’Many of the rules focus on peace of mind and ensuring a safe and happy environment, which shows taking action towards keeping your property secure should be a top priority for any household.

The research into modern family life revealed ‘no towels left on the bathroom floor’ and a strict ‘no running in the house’ were also common policies.

While many couples enforce a rule that if one person cooks, the other one has to wash up.

Just a third actually ask people to take their shoes off when visiting, results showed.

But seven in ten say the toilet seat in their house should strictly always be left down and two thirds of Brits insist mobile phones are banned at the dinner table.

The research revealed that little boys are naughtier than little girls with parents more likely to cite boys as the ones who break the most rules in the house.

Three in ten have been made to feel awkward in someone else’s house because they broke one of the person’s house rules – forgetting to take their shoes off was most likely to cause friction.

Nearly half of those polled insist having rules makes for a better family home and a smoother day to day routine.

The Yale spokesman added: ‘’Statistics show the summer months are a peak time for domestic burglaries, with many of us heading off on our summer holidays.

‘’Now is the time to consider your home’s security to make sure your home stays just as you left it.’’


1. No shoes on the sofa

2. Always flush the toilet

3. Take your shoes off in the house

4. Put clothes in the wash basket

5. Turn out the lights when you’re not using a room

6. Empty the bath when you’re done

7. Don’t leave wet towels on the floor

8. No swearing

9. Turn off the TV when you’re not watching it

10. Toilet seat down

11. No balls in the house

12. Coats hung up not on banister

13. Put your shoes away when you take them off

14. Always lock the door when you leave

15. No slamming doors

16. Never leave anything lying about on the stairs

17. Don’t eat messy food on the sofa

18. Last one to go to bed must check the door is locked/windows shut etc.

19. Last one out locks the door

20. No looking at phones at the dinner table

21. Placing keys back in their designated spot/hook

22. No cups on table without a coaster

23. No food upstairs

24. Always put something back where you found it

25. Complete homework before playing

26. No shouting

27. No pets upstairs

28. Put plates in the dishwasher after eating

29. All food eaten at the table/ no food in living room

30. Don’t go to bed on an argument

31. No going to bed angry with each other

32. No snacking and ruining your dinner

33. Always use a coaster

34. No leaving dishes ‘to soak’ overnight because you’re too lazy to wash

35. No running in the house

36. Kids not allowed in the parents’ bedroom

37. No video games past 9pm

38. No feeding the dogs at the dinner table

39. If you cook, your partner cleans

40. No boyfriends/girlfriends sleeping over

41. Certain windows shut at all times

42. No pets allowed on the sofa

43. No drawing or painting in the bedroom/lounge

44. Not allowed to sit in dad’s chair

45. Leave keys on the side near the front door

46. Put your dirty shoes in the garage

47. Pet not allowed in the front room

48. No kids in the study

49. No ball games in the garden

50. No talking with your mouth full