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  1. She’s phrased it, in advance, so it’s nearly impossible for him to complain that the rearrangement is nonsensical.

  2. I guess you have everything you need in one place. Although moving the stove and toilet are somewhat more than furniture rearrangement. Unless they aren’t connected.

  3. The reader anticipates, according to the trope, that the housewife fills her idle days planning gratuitous rearrangements of the furniture, and wants the hardworking husband to carry out those plans after work. The joke is supposed to be the unmet expectation, as the wife has shouldered the work herself, but this has turned out to be no improvement. It doesn’t work because that cliché has disappeared.

  4. One advantage of the new layout is that he can leave for work without bothering her – wake up, take a dump, boil and egg and leave without even clumping down the stairs at 6am.

    Maybe the thrust of the joke is that he works so much – or anyway is out so much – that she feels like the house is treated as a functional hotel with no real personal role for her except as a drudge. So she has just streamlined all that, which gives herself personal space in the rest of the house.

  5. The logistics are bothering me more than the incomprehensibility. It’s not like you can just pick up the toilet and move it. Hooking up the plumbing and gas in the bedroom.

  6. I agree about the plumbing, but an electric stove is surprisingly easy to move. All you need is an appropriate outlet (usually 240V or three-phase current) at the new location (extension cords are a gigantic no-no).

  7. This would almost make sense if he was going to quarantine alone, and she set up a room with all the essentials. Except it is right by the front door and he clearly goes away to work.

    Still, at my age a toilet right by the bed would save me a lot of time at night – though maybe not that close.

  8. i’ll be the guy that points out that she left the toilet seat up. (It took me only 4 visits here to realize the significance.)

  9. And I’ll be the pedantic one who points out that the toilet seat has no lid. That’s the norm for a public restroom, not a home. Is it some kind of message, or just careless drawing?

  10. There are some apartments in Boston that are like that, I’m told. 80 square feet or so.

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