Why must you buy random shit that means nothing to decorate my home? It's to the point where I have to break it off when I see signs of the Pier One itch in her. I understand design and like when it's something well thought out and consistent but 99% of the girls I've dated seem to think that placing a square plate with a candle in the middle and Japanese lettering on my table makes it look cultural. Then they get mad when I'm not thrilled to have had to move my books to put it there. The worst is filling my functional areas with shit. I cook a lot. It takes up a lot of space to make a curry from scratch. I don't want a candle on my stove or wood giraffes trekking across the savanna that is my countertop. Nor do I want 3 towels layered on my bathroom rack that I can't use becuase they are fancy or a jar filled with colourful rocks by my sink. And it weirds me out when I have to look at Van Gough when I'm taking a shit. When I get up to wipe, I swear his eyes follow me (Yes, I'm that kind of wiper). I mean it's not like my place is filled with cinder block shelves and a Scarface/Pulp Fiction poster. How do you guys deal with this? I casually bring it up early in the relationship that I'm not one for trinket decorating when they come over, but without fail, I get an 'African' mask at about the 6 week mark to put on my wall. I don't mind the gifts but if the relationship is still new and what you do know of me is that I don't like random stuff everywhere, why do you girls do it? It happens everytime. I'd think the world of you if you knit me a scarf or made me something.