Secret Snooping: What's Okay (or Even Expected) and What's Really Off-Limits

Secret Snooping: What's Okay (or Even Expected) and What's Really Off-Limits

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Jennifer Hunter
Jun 17, 2015

Everyone is curious about how their friends and neighbors live but some guests just take it a little too far. So where's the line? When is it okay to sneak a peek and what is pushing the limits of justifiable behavior? Here's our guide.

Go For It:

Bathroom Cabinet
This one's a freebie. Everyone knows that the bathroom cabinet is a free-for-all for snooping. Any guest in your home has probably taken a peek (even if they were just "looking for an Advil." Just accept this one. If you're worried about your privacy in a shared bath, keep your unmentionables in a more secluded spot.

Fridge
I love seeing inside other people's refrigerators. I think it's a fascinating indicator of how they live, which I just find so interesting. When your host offers you a drink or a snack, take a satisfying peek into their fridge- you're allowed.

The neighbor's windows (from the street)
Keep it legal, peeps! No sneaking through the bushes to get a glimpse inside, but if your neighbors just happen to have their blinds open and their lights on at dusk, there's no harm in catching a glimpse at the interiors of the homes in your neighborhood. You never know what great decor ideas you may discover.

Resist:

Drawers
A closed drawer in someone's home is closed to you! There's no excuse to rummage around any drawer that you haven't been given specific permission to access. End of story.

Computer/phone
Not okay! Digital snooping is not cool. Anything that has a password (even if it's not activated) is off-limits.

Purse
No lady likes it when you go into her purse unless you've been asked to retrieve a specific thing (in which case, thanks!). Consider a handbag an extension of a woman's own body: only touch it with permission.

Now it's your turn! Tell us where you think it's okay to snoop and where you'd never dare.

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