Failing to keep shared living spaces clean can often be a source of tension and fights for many couples. The question is, how much of a mess is too much, and when does a partner’s messiness cross the line?
In a recent viral TikTok video, these questions were brought to the forefront. Sophie Greene (@sophiegreene_) posted a video on Jan. 31, documenting the state of her apartment after her boyfriend, Brett, was living alone in it for five days. The video has since garnered over 2.5 million views, sparking a debate in the comment section.
Footage shows Greene touring her apartment, pointing out the mess left by her boyfriend. She starts in the kitchen, where several cabinets are open.
The living room is next. “His gym bag, straight across the room, chargers, and a vacuum. I appreciate the cleaning effort but why is it just chilling? Then we have the blanket on the ground, which i absolutely hate,” Greene says in the video.
The tour ends in the bedroom, where the bed is unmade, a pillow is laying on the floor, and various items are scattered on top of the drawer. “But don’t worry because his shoes are all perfectly lined up,” the TikToker points out sarcastically.
She concludes the video by saying, “Brett, if you’re watching this, you’re no longer allowed to call me a mess.”
In the comment section, viewers were divided into two groups. One considered the situation to be a big red flag.
AND IM THE SLOB??♬ original sound – Sophie Greene
“You should definitely have a talk with him abt this. Imagine this for the rest of your life,” one commenter wrote.
“Enjoy the rest of your life with your son!” a second added.
“Congratulations on the baby boy!” a third said.
“I would have a LONG conversation about how the way someone leaves a space for someone else reflects the respect they have for them,” one more claimed.
However, others didn’t see the mess as a big issue. One viewer commented, “Am I the only one who feels like this isn’t that bad? One off day could make my place look the same. Wouldn’t want my partner blasting me for it.”
Another added, “im sry i refuse to believe everyone in the comments has an impeccably clean and organized house.”
A third said, “being messy doesn’t make someone a bad person! these comments are too deep hahah”
The Daily Dot has reached out to Sophie Greene via TikTok comment.