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My Husband’s Best Friend Moved in Weeks Ago, Expecting Me to Clean after Him – Husband Sided with Him, So I Taught Them a Lesson

Junie Sihlangu
Jun 05, 2024
02:15 P.M.

My house used to be spotless when it was me and my husband. But then his friend came to stay and fights and clashes began. My husband didn't care how I felt or about the distress I shared. It all finally came right when I took matters into my own hands.

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When my husband offered his friend sanctuary at our home, he did it without my consent. Little did I know that having his longterm pal there would become a nightmare. Circumstances pushed me to take drastic measures to remedy things.

A dirty and messy bedroom | Source: Pexels

A dirty and messy bedroom | Source: Pexels

This is a photo of the bedroom after my husband’s best friend, Alex, had been staying with us for a few weeks. I cannot describe the smell to you, but believe me, it is putrid and unbearable! Alex moved in with us because his house was undergoing major renovations.

To be honest, my husband invited his friend to come live with us without discussing it with me first. I wasn't happy with this arrangement, asking, "How long will he be here? And why didn't you talk to me first before making such a drastic decision?"

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A couple having a serious conversation | Source: Pexels

"I am sorry, love. I wasn't thinking straight. I allowed my excitement to control me," he explained. The poor thing looked sincere in his apology, so I relented. But little did I know that would be a big mistake on MY part.

Initially, it was supposed to be a short-term arrangement, but weeks turned into months. My husband, Jake, thought it would be fun to have his best friend around. But he didn't consider the extra work it would create for me.

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A frustrated woman sitting next to someone | Source: Pexels

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"Don't worry, babe," Jake said the day Alex arrived, carrying his duffel bag and a box of video games. "It'll be like old times. We'll have a blast!" He also vowed that they'd stay out of my way and wouldn't be a nuisance.

I forced a smile, but inside, I was already dreading the mess and the idea of living with two men. Jake and Alex had been inseparable since college, bonded by their love for gaming and sports. I, on the other hand, liked my peace and order.

A happy man carrying a duffel bag while his friend follows behind | Source: Midjourney

A happy man carrying a duffel bag while his friend follows behind | Source: Midjourney

Within days, the house transformed, and NOT in a good way! Empty beer bottles littered the living room, snack wrappers were everywhere, and dirty laundry piled up in Alex's room! Jake and Alex would stay up late.

All they did since our guest came to stay was play video games or drink beer together. Their laughter echoed through the house, while I tried to sleep with a pillow over my head. I was so overwhelmed by all the extra cleaning I had to do.

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An upset woman sitting on a windowsill | Source: Pexels

And to add to that, I was starting to feel increasingly lonely. One evening, after a particularly long day at work, I found the kitchen in shambles. Crumbs covered the counter, the sink was full of dirty dishes, and a mysterious sticky substance featured on the floor.

I couldn't take it anymore! "This has to STOP!" I said to myself through clenched teeth and balled-up fists. I decided to tackle my issues with Alex alone with my husband. But, he and his friend were glued at the hip and it was hard to get Jake by himself.

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A dirty kitchen with used plates, glasses, and mugs | Source: Pexels

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When I finally got a small gap where my husband was by himself, I decided to confront him. "Jake, can we talk?" I called from the doorway of his home office, where he was immersed in work while Alex was knee-deep in another video game in the living room.

"Sure, babe. What's up?" he said, not looking away from the laptop screen. "I can't keep up with all the cleaning. I need some help around here." Jake paused what he was doing and turned to me with a dismissive wave.

A man working on a laptop in his home office | Source: Pexels

A man working on a laptop in his home office | Source: Pexels

I must say, I didn't expect the response I got from him and it really hurt. Brushing my concerns off he replied, "Oh, don’t be such a downer! You just can’t stand that everything is not about you. Besides, it’s only one more room to clean. It’s not a big deal."

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His words stung! I was about to say something back to him when I noticed he'd gone back to his work! He wasn't acknowledging my presence anymore! I walked away, feeling both angry and hurt. That night, I lay awake, listening to the childhood friends having a great time!

Two men sitting on the floor eating burgers while playing video games | Source: Pexels

Two men sitting on the floor eating burgers while playing video games | Source: Pexels

Then and there I started planning my next move. I decided to show Jake what "not a big deal" really meant. I figured he needed to experience it firsthand. The next morning, I woke up early and gathered all of Alex’s trash.

Since they slept late, they were going to wake up much later than me. I picked up the empty cans, dirty clothes, and half-eaten food and dumped them all in Jake’s office. By the time they woke up, the room looked like a war zone!

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A woman holding a full trash bag | Source: Pexels

"Hey, what the hell?" my husband shouted from his office as soon as he opened the door. I knew throwing all the trash in there would have the most impact since Jake worked from home. He needed that space to be functional.

I didn't bother responding or attending to him since I knew why he was shouting. Instead, Alex popped in and laughed, "Whoa, bro! Your office is a mess! You should do something about that if you want to get any work done."

A shocked man standing in a dirty room | Source: Midjourney

A shocked man standing in a dirty room | Source: Midjourney

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Off he went to prepare some breakfast and get back on the couch! Jake didn't confront me but pushed everything into one corner so he could enter and work. As the days progressed, dirty dishes, random socks, and leftover food piled up in my husband's office, causing him to freak out.

"I can't work like THIS!!!" he shouted for the whole house to hear. I walked in with a sweet smile. "It’s only one room to clean, Jake, so do it. Not a big deal, right?" My husband was FURIOUS, but he couldn’t argue with my logic. Alex, on the other hand, looked sheepish.

A frustrated man | Source: Pexels

A frustrated man | Source: Pexels

"Dude, I’m sorry. I didn’t realize it was that bad," he mumbled. "Maybe you should help out more," I suggested and left them to deal with the mess. For a few days, things improved. Jake and Alex tried to keep the house cleaner, but their efforts were half-hearted at best.

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The mess crept back, and I felt my frustration rising again. One Friday evening, I couldn't take it anymore and confronted Jake. We got into a huge fight where he accused me of being a party pooper. Alex even tried mediating, but since he was the main cause of our stress, I told him to stay out of it.

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A couple arguing | Source: Freepik

My husband tried defending his friend but that made me angrier. I decided I’d had ENOUGH! I packed a bag and called my best friend, Lisa. "Can I crash at your place for the weekend?" I asked. "Of course, hon. What's going on?" she replied.

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A man watching as his partner leaves their apartment with a bag | Source: Pexels

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I explained the situation, and she welcomed me with open arms. That weekend, I enjoyed the calm and cleanliness of Lisa’s apartment. I didn’t have to pick up after anyone, and it was a much-needed break.

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An emotional woman being comforted by a friend | Source: Pexels

On Monday morning, my phone buzzed with a call from Jake. "Please come home," he begged, all desperate and ashamed. "The house is a disaster, and I can’t find anything I need. Alex is impossible to live with!" This man had a nerve calling me after going silent the whole weekend.

But I still felt a pang of sympathy, yet I stayed firm. "I’ll come back when the house is clean, and Alex is gone." Jake sighed. "Okay, okay. We’ll clean it up immediately. Just please come home today, my love?"

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A man talking on the phone in a dirty home office | Source: Midjourney

A man talking on the phone in a dirty home office | Source: Midjourney

"I'll think about it," I replied, not wanting to commit to anything and make him think he'd won. To my surprise, within minutes he sent me a video of them tidying up the house. I chose not to reply to the message but after discussing the matter with Lisa, I decided to go back home.

Two men cleaning a filthy house | Source: Midjourney

Two men cleaning a filthy house | Source: Midjourney

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I returned later that day to find the house SPOTLESS! Jake and Alex had scrubbed every inch, and my husband's friend had packed his bags. "Thanks for the hospitality," he said sheepishly. "I’ll find somewhere else to stay until the renovations are done."

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A man carrying his luggage bag | Source: Freepik

As Alex left, Jake pulled me into a hug. "I’m sorry, babe. I didn’t realize how much work it was. I should have listened to you." I softened, seeing the genuine regret in his eyes. "It’s okay. I just need us to be a team, not you and Alex against me."

From that day on, things improved. Jake made an effort to keep the house clean and helped out more. Our home became a place of peace again, and our relationship grew stronger.

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A woman hugging her man while he prepares breakfast | Source: Pexels

This is a photo of the extra bedroom after my husband’s best friend stayed with us for a few months. I cannot describe the smell to you, but believe me, it is blissful! Now the torment of having Alex over is just a memory of a lesson learned.

Jake smiled, wrapping his arm around me. "And one we won’t forget."

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A clean bedroom | Source: Pexels

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Life returned to normal, but the experience brought us closer. We learned the importance of communication and respecting each other’s space. And I knew that no matter what challenges came our way, we could face them together.

A happy couple hanging out on a windowsill | Source: Pexels

A happy couple hanging out on a windowsill | Source: Pexels

In the following story, a frugal husband needs to learn a valuable lesson after trying to save by collecting food from food banks. His wife got the food bank's director involved and cunningly they taught him why the poor need such services.

This work is inspired by real events and people, but it has been fictionalized for creative purposes. Names, characters, and details have been changed to protect privacy and enhance the narrative. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental and not intended by the author.

The author and publisher make no claims to the accuracy of events or the portrayal of characters and are not liable for any misinterpretation. This story is provided "as is," and any opinions expressed are those of the characters and do not reflect the views of the author or publisher.

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