Explaining The Magic Bin Emptying Fairy

In a few of my previous posts I have mentioned former single male flatmates who seemed to believe in “the magic bin emptying fairy”.  It seems I have caused a little confusion by using this term.

Well, some bloggers understood immediately what I was talking about, whereas others seemed puzzled.  So I am going to try to explain to clear up any confusion that lingers.

emptying rubbish (2)There are those flatmates, house-mates, even members of one’s own family or household who seem unawares of a supreme truth.  Someone, and by that I mean a human, not a fairy (often a woman, but there are some exceptional men) is actually behind what may seem miraculous or magical.

For example, Ella and and I were the ones who emptied the bins in our flat.  In addition to emptying the bin, we wiped the bin, the walls and the floor surrounding the bin.  The male residents of our flat seemed to go to further extremes each week in their  carelessness.  Coffee granules, tea-splashes, sauce stains and unidentifiable substances were smeared all over the walls, floor and the bin itself.

Now the boys…well, they never thanked us, they never thought to help by emptying the bin themselves.  If Ella and I were away, we would come back and discover the bin was literally over-flowing.  Ella tried to “enlighten” the boys…but they obviously were convinced that they had been specially chosen by “the magic bin-fairy”, whereas Ella and I had not been favoured by her.

It was not just emptying bins.  They seemed to believe in the magic dish-washing fairy, the magic toilet roll stocker-upper fairy, the magic fridge shelf wiping and mouldy food disposing fairy, the magic picking clothes up off the floor fairy…the list goes on and on!

I have laughed about it with Goldfinch.  He has two new house-mates at the moment who are clearly not particularly domesticated.

He showed me this video, of an Australian comedian who highlights this belief I have been referring to – there is a swear word at one point.  I like my site to be suitable for all ages, but this video…if you are under I don’t know which age, but just to mention it contains one swear word, just in case you are like me and feel shocked when you hear bad language.

Anyway, this brilliant video does a great job of highlighting the situation I have been referring to. If you believe in magic coffee-tables, magic laundry baskets, magic bin emptying fairies or any other household miracles or domestic magical occurrences – please feel free to ask questions and I will try to “enlighten” you.




32 thoughts on “Explaining The Magic Bin Emptying Fairy”

        1. My posts are mostly lighthearted cheery notes to end my day, or occasionally formulating deeper thoughts on my mind. I try to keep up my habit of writing by publishing a little something daily, no matter how trivial. Whereas your posts are always very interesting and well considered. I always look forward to your thoughts.


  1. I showed the video to my wife and she went hysterical. So absolutely, bloody, funny. She reminded me of a comment I had made to her a while ago, about the magic drawer I had in the bedroom, where socks and underwear were mysteriously replenished whenever they reached a certain low level. It’s scary that all men think alike…โ€ฆ.well perhaps not all.

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    1. I wish I had seen that. It really is a funny clip isn’t. You had a magic drawer in your bedroom!
      It is funny half of my male friends laugh and agree with the whole household magic concept, but the others seem to take offence and start telling me how highly domesticated they are. I try to reassure them not to worry, this teasing is only for those who do not want to believe anything else than it is a magic coffee tab;e/laundry basket/magic bin emptying fairy!

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    1. You understand instantly!
      I went through a spate of posts talking about the magic bin fairy and several bloggers clearly did not know what I was talking about. Then it made me feel better when others said they knew exactly what it meant to have a magic bin fairy. When Goldfinch showed me the video about the magic coffee table I loved him for it!

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  2. Back in my college days, oh so long ago, I had a roommate who seemed to believe his housekeeper would come and clean up after him but she never, ever appeared and, eventually, despairing of relief from cleaning up from him, I left and moved to another flat, with another roommate, and another adventure.

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  3. I totally get this! Nowadays hubby does most of our housework, including the bins, but still looked at me blankly when I asked him when he last cleaned it. His reply was โ€˜thatโ€™s what bin bags are for arenโ€™t theyโ€™ ๐Ÿ˜‚

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  4. In my house we have a magic laundry doing fairy. Laundry gets tossed down the stairs to pile up in the basement. Much as the fairy tries to just leave it until its noticeable that it has completely blocked the bottom of the stairs, the fairy has realized that no one actually goes down those stairs on a regular basis. At which point, said fairy removes her wings, slogs down the stairs and does 7 or 8 loads of lau dry so the non-fairy folk can wear clean underpants! Lol

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  5. โ€˜Well, some bloggers understood immediately what I was talking about, whereas others seemed puzzled.โ€™ Would the first group be women and the second men, by any chance? I hate to make sweeping generalisations but Iโ€™m just guessing ๐Ÿ˜‚ in my household the fairy is constantly reminding the men to separate the recycling and to take the bins out when full!


  6. Oh, I know all about these types of fairies, Caramel. We have two children. They also believe in the dishes, coat hanging, clutter removal, money tree, and floor sweeping fairies. ๐Ÿ™‚


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