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A Do’s & Don’ts Guide To The Rules of the Men’s Room

by Bill Sweeney

This post was created in partnership with Little, Brown & Co. All opinions are my own.

The Men’s Room. It’s a bright, yet somewhat mysterious place. We all know what happens in this room, but do we all know about the true rules of the rest room that guides men each and every day. When a man find’s himself in the confines of such an environment, it can go one of three ways. The first would include the man feeling fear, angst, and indecision about how he should conduct himself. The second would involve a man that has no clue, really, and may follow the rules with or without realizing it. The third and final scenario involves a strong and confident man that knows his way around a men’s room. A man that knows the do’s and the don’ts of said room. He’s a worldly man, a man that knows how to handle his business (oh, you bet that pun was most certainly intended).

So, for all of the men, women, and children reading this right now, I present to do without any further unnecessary delay or dramatic build-up, Guy and the Blog’s Big Guide to Men’s Room Do’s and Don’ts:


  • Be Aware of Your Surroundings
    • Perform a quick scan of the space. Notice things like cleanliness, layout, convenience, and amenities. Does this space look and feel right and good? Does it make you want to do your business and enjoy your time there. Analyze and assess.
  • Note The Location of All Other Men
    • Once you’ve scanned, it’s time to go in for the kill. Will this be a #1 or a #2? I really dislike #2 in public spaces, no matter how well the space performed during the scan. Skeeves me big time. Once this has been established, it’s time to make your big decision.
  • Determine Where Will You Be “Doing”
    • Once you know the situation, you must make a wise decision. This is critical as you don’t want to embarrass yourself or make yourself and others feel uncomfortable. The Men’s Room should be a place of ease, of sanctuary. Choose wisely…and see the Dont’s below for more.
  • Handle Your Business With Haste
    • Yes, it is a sanctuary, but, no, the Men’s Room is not a spa. Get in, handle business, get out. There is no time to lolly-gag around. If you need to speak with your buddy about something, make it fast. People have things to do and you have placed to be. Don’t make others around you question the length of your stay. Nobody wants that.
  • Clean Up
    • Make sure you wash your hands and even, though some water on your face and neck. Refresh a bit and come out better than before. I wish more places had those fancy bathrooms with the attendants and the mints. Those are awesome. When they do not, wash up, fix your hair, tuck your shirt in, make sure you are neat and clean. Take the time to make it a “beauty break” as well as a bathroom break.
  • Get Back Out There
    • Once you’re all set, get right back out there. It’s time to mingle, man. Make haste! You don’t want to be “that guy” that was in the Men’s Room for way too long.

Do Not:

  • Go Without A Plan
    • You wouldn’t go on a road trip without a map or GPS would you? Then don’t go flying blindly into the Men’s Room. Know your purpose and know why you came.
  • Get Too Close
    • Is there anything worse than a guy that grabs the stall next to you when there are ten others open? Hardly. It’s weird, it’s awkward, it’s wholly inappropriate. It’s devastating, so don’t do it. It’s better for everyone involved. Find a stall, wait a bit. If it’s packed and you must, then do it quietly and quickly. They will understand.
  • Unbutton Your Pants
    • You know you have a zippered fly for a reason, right, son? That’s where you pee from. Just unzip, do not unbutton. Odd, not good. If you are doing more than peeing, than there’s no problems. In that case, make sure your pants don’t hit the stall floor. Terrible.
  • Sing or Chit Chat
    • Don’t get me wrong, something about the water and the acoustics. It makes me want to drop a diddy, too. But when people are there taking care of business, the songs of a stranger are annoying and unsettling. What’s worse, having someone try to have a conversation with you. There’s a time and a place for that. This is not the time nor the place. Zip the lip and go about your business like a professional.
  • Peek
    • This is just bizarre. Why would you want to check out what’s going on with your neighbor. It’s not a good idea anywhere, let alone here. Please refrain and if this is something you have a problem doing, then seek help immediately.
  • Leave Without Washing Your Hands
    • Sorry, but it’s disgusting. I don’t need to touch anything that was touched by your unwashed hands, whether near the Men’s Room or not. Just take the minute and do it. And then, take another 30 seconds and dry your hands. Wet metal door knobs are a terrible, terrible experience for the next 5 guys leaving after you. Be considerate, be civil.

Well, there you have it. I think that is about it. I may be missing some things, but these are the main points I think any man or boy needs to follow and follow to the letter. No audibles here, men, just stick to the book and follow the rules I’ve set out for you. Society as a whole will be much better for it.

Friends don’t let friends not follow my Men’s Room Rules.

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A Do’s & Don’ts Guide To The Rules of the Men’s Room was last modified: May 19th, 2017 by Bill Sweeney

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Natalie May 21, 2017 - 2:56 PM

A bathroom “do” is to always put a new roll of toilet paper in the bathroom when the previous one is out.

Jeni May 23, 2017 - 2:22 PM

Great list. Most importantly of all, put the seat down when you are finished. Seriously it’s not that hard.

Kelly Hutchinson May 23, 2017 - 3:15 PM

OK, this may be one of the more unusual posts I have ever commented on. I guess washing your hands is a good idea. And maybe some Febreze wouldn’t hurt.

Claudia Krusch May 23, 2017 - 7:10 PM

This would be an interesting book to read. I always try to get in and out of the public restroom as quickly as I can.

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Okay this was something I really did think was funny. The Penguins of America book I would love to give to my sons and there father. It would actually be a great father’s day gift idea. Thanks for sharing the information and the giveaway.

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