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Comment Archives: stories: News: Suburban Turmoil

Re: “Don't let the bedbugs bite — or end their reign of terror

I keep meaning to write about my family's near brush with disaster in the form of a bird mite infestation (hint---don't let wood doves make nests on your windowsills....even if it's fun to watch the baby birds hatch....). And yeah, bed begs would be up there with unbearable. The more I think about bug infestations of any kind, the more trouble I have sleeping. So, for me, it's better not to think about it? Maybe that's a cop out. Anyway,….

Posted by knewman on 10/22/2010 at 4:50 PM

Re: “Don't let the bedbugs bite — or end their reign of terror

We are going to NYC for a weekend in December and I was so looking forward to it until I remembered it's like the Bedbug Capital of America. We're staying with a friend in Brooklyn. I don't have the guts to insult her by asking if she's had a bedbug problem.

Also, while I was reading this column I felt something ON MY LEG and freaked out...turns out it was just the cord from my iphone earbuds dangling off the desk. But it scared me to death anyway.

Posted by AnnaClaire on 10/22/2010 at 3:20 PM

Re: “Don't let the bedbugs bite — or end their reign of terror

All this because we decided that DEET was a bad thing!

Posted by txrosejames on 10/22/2010 at 2:38 PM

Re: “Don't let the bedbugs bite — or end their reign of terror

So terrorized by the thought of bedbugs I forgot to include my url:

Posted by Nicole on 10/22/2010 at 2:32 PM

Re: “Don't let the bedbugs bite — or end their reign of terror

I too am completely freaked out by all the media reports on bedbugs. So much so that when we planned to take a week's vacation this past summer I spent hours trolling The Bedbug Registry ( to see if the hotels we were planning on staying at were on the list. And while, thankfully, there were no reports I still checked the mattresses, headboards, pillows etc. when we checked in.

So far so good but now my son's kindergarten teacher wants to do a class project where a doll gets to do "sleepovers" at each student's house (long story but it does have an educational purpose). Umm, I think it will just be between our family and the doll that it will be "sleeping over" in the garage. So bad is my paranoia that I don't trust where this doll has been!

Posted by Nicole on 10/22/2010 at 2:31 PM

Re: “Don't let the bedbugs bite — or end their reign of terror

I love your stories! You are such a creative writer.

Posted by rubberbacon on 10/22/2010 at 1:31 PM

Re: “Don't let the bedbugs bite — or end their reign of terror

Heh. This isn't making me feel any better about my needing to spend five nights in a strange hotel room in a strange city at the beginning of next month - I've read all the articles on how to check the room for bugs, but am still a bit anxious. To make it worse, I'm not going directly home, but stopping at a friend's new place in a new city on the way home...hate to infest her!


Posted by quiltbabe8 on 10/22/2010 at 12:14 PM

Re: “The Hoarders Method of Housekeeping

For people that want to donate their items: you can usually schedule goodwill (or similar facility) to come pickup your goods. some libraries do the same for books, movies and CDs.

Posted by IWANTPERCH on 10/14/2010 at 2:45 PM

Re: “The Hoarders Method of Housekeeping

Ah ha ha ha! I just said the same thing to friends. I watched a couple of episodes and purged several rooms! Granted, the junk mail is creeping up on me again. I should probably head on over to their site again and watch a few clips or a new episode if they have one.

Posted by aricate on 10/08/2010 at 9:00 PM

Re: “Turns out strutting it on the catwalk isn't all it's cracked up to be

Please I saw a Beautiful. Powerful. Fierce. Sexy. Confident. Woman!!! I was so proud to be your long-time reader! You wouldn't want us to put ourselves down and you better stop putting yourself down as well!

Posted by Danniell on 10/04/2010 at 2:48 PM

Re: “The Hoarders Method of Housekeeping

I have begun a 10 things per week purge challenge. I need to post my purged items for this week, though. I haven't yet. It's for both my hubby and I. We both travel quite a bit and so our challenge is to get rid of 10 things each, every week that we are actually home (can't get rid of stuff if we are away from home ;-) ).
An earlier comment really hit home with the comment:
"i'll never understand how you Americans have $150 worth of stuff in your garages and leave your $40,000 vehicles in your driveways."
This is what is now going on in our garage. Silly us!
I would like to look around my home and my garage and know that we have only things that we LOVE surrounding us. And THAT is my ultimate goal.
Thanks for this article. I am going to go and post my item for this week, right now!

Posted by KC on 10/02/2010 at 7:37 PM

Re: “The Hoarders Method of Housekeeping

haha...I love it! I'm super organized the way it is, but after watching that show for the first time, I took every single thing out of my kitchen cabinets and washed them all out. And I started purging our attic too!

Posted by Casondra on 10/02/2010 at 1:14 PM

Re: “The Hoarders Method of Housekeeping

Oops. I forgot my url:

Posted by Cindy Powell on 10/02/2010 at 12:38 PM

Re: “The Hoarders Method of Housekeeping

By nature, I'm an organized person. After cleaning out my parent's house I vowed my house would not get in the same shape. And their house was not anything like what is shown on Hoarder's (well, the garage was pretty bad!)

The Husband and I keep a donation box in the basement and we constantly evaluate items as we open cabinets, closets, drawers, etc. If we haven't used the item in a while, into the box it goes. When the box is full, off to Goodwill it goes.

Funny, I'm working on re-organizing kitchen cabinets now. Everything is having to pass our "use" test!

I felt so sorry for the people shown in the Hoarder's episodes, I had to stop watching it. Bless their hearts.

Posted by Cindy Powell on 10/02/2010 at 12:37 PM

Re: “The Hoarders Method of Housekeeping

I've never seen that show but we do get Clean House over here and it is similar. You're right--it certainly does inspire one to clean.

Posted by AmyDM on 10/02/2010 at 2:46 AM

Re: “The Hoarders Method of Housekeeping

When my grandmother died a couple of months ago, it took my parents, my uncle, my aunt and my grandfather, plus assorted other people, days and days to go through all the stuff that she had "put away" for "safe-keeping" or "just in case" or because she forgot she already had multiples. My father now says that he wants to stick to a policy of getting rid of one thing for every new thing that he buys. He just has to sell my mother on that policy. And he's trying to get me on board, too, because, "After all, Jennifer, one day it's going to be YOU who's going to have to go through all our stuff!" Ack!! I'll call Mom right away!


Posted by Jennifer L on 10/01/2010 at 5:36 PM

Re: “The Hoarders Method of Housekeeping

Ha ha, that's true- You DEFINITELY can't eat while watching Hoarders!

My friend was telling me about one episode I haven't yet seen, where they found a dead cat with a horrified expression on its face that had been crushed by stuff. EWWW.

Posted by Lindsay on 10/01/2010 at 5:18 PM

Re: “The Hoarders Method of Housekeeping

I feel the exact same way about Hoarders. I actually had this conversation with my husband. It also keeps me from snacking while watching it--imagining the smells...

Posted by Mari Ickes on 10/01/2010 at 4:51 PM

Re: “The Hoarders Method of Housekeeping

I really like this post. It's interesting to think about the effect that TV has on us, too. I am a reformed minor hoarder. My husband cured me. Every once and awhile we start wondering where that card table/ratty chair/old toy went, but even then we congratulate ourselves for "over purging." I'm converted. If you haven't seen this, this is my latest obsession: Getting Things Done (organizational self help book).

Posted by knewman on 10/01/2010 at 3:48 PM

Re: “The Hoarders Method of Housekeeping

I am a hoarder in just two rooms of my house. The rest of the house? Fine. But open my bedroom door or the art studio door, and it's all over. I've tried hard to not watch Hoarders because I'm afraid of what I'll learn about myself.


Posted by steph hagen on 10/01/2010 at 2:55 PM

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