16 Things Your Neighbor Secretly Knows About You
Without even realizing it, you may be giving away info about yourself, your family, and your lifestyle. Here’s what your neighbor might secretly know about you.
You’re having family problems
Some family problems are easy to keep private. Others, not so much, particularly when they involve high drama. For example, a contributor to Reddit’s Nosy, Meddlesome Neighbor community recalls the day she arrived home from work to see her neighbor’s adult son (she refers to him as a “deadbeat”) locked out of his house, all of his belongings thrown all over the front yard. “It was raining,” she writes, and the son was standing around, making phone calls and shouting.
You’re having critter problems
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When the exterminator comes to call, it could be preventative, or it could be in response to an infestation. Either way, if your neighbors notice, they may assume the worst. That being said, if you need an exterminator, it would be a good deed on your part to let your neighbors know, especially if your houses are close together or your children or pets interact. And if you see an exterminator parked outside your neighbor’s house, it might be a good time to make your own appointment for an exterminator to visit because critters tend to be very neighborly! These are the 15 things your exterminator won’t tell you.
You’re having an affair
On the Nosy Neighbors of Reddit board, Reddit contributor, jaycentpants recalls looking out the window and seeing a middle-aged female neighbor having sex with a teenage boy in her outdoor hot tub. But if you’re engaging in extramarital hanky-panky in your own home, your neighbors may figure it out even if you don’t make an outdoor show of it, particularly if the same car keeps parking in your driveway… at the same time… on the same day… week after week.
You have some unusual personal habits
“He plays the organ at his church,” writes niobiumnnul on the Nosy Neighbors of Reddit board. “He sometimes wears an Afro wig when practicing on his keyboard at home. I have no idea what that is about.” We don’t know what it’s about either, but what we do know for certain is that your neighbors may be privy to your more unusual personal habits if you aren’t careful about keeping your shades drawn when engaging in them.
That you’re a hoarder
If you’re a hoarder, eventually, you will run out of space, observes Lorne Caplan, who helps hoarders (and others) clear out their homes. And it becomes obvious when your garage is packed from floor to ceiling with your stuff, particularly if your garage has windows, or if your stuff has begun to overflow the house entirely. For example, Caplan once had a client who, after running out of space in his house, kept the overflow in—not one, but three vans he had parked in his driveway.
That you’re a nosy neighbor!
Nosy neighbors always out themselves, it seems. Take, for example, this story told by Reddit contributor, Zenki240:
“I caught my neighbor looking through binoculars at me while I was looking through my binoculars at him. We don’t bring that up in conversation.” Next, find out the signs you’re a great neighbor yourself.