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My boyfriend does this a lot - the sort of political reading group that he's involved in often has conferences or "comerades" traveling who are looking for places to stay. Our place isn't huge, but we den/bedroom with a lofted bed, and 2 couches that *I* offer when I have close friends that I'm comfortable with that need a place to stay. I often tell him that he can go outright and state that I do not want more people staying in our apartment due to my work schedule. I work almost 50 hours a week, my afternoon and weekend times are precious to me and I want my space. Damnit, that's why it's my space. I want to walk around in my underwear if I damn well please.

TL;DR - Honesty is the best case. In my case, it's usually "I'm sorry, but I can't handle guests right now with my work schedule. Maybe we can see each other on Friday."


The Awkward Files: When (and How) to Say No to Hosting Houseguests
7/30/14 02:23 PM

I grew up washing dishes (the dishwasher was used mainly for storage) while my partner grew up with his mother washing the dishes (believe me, this is something I try to break). I like hand washing my dishes because everything seems cleaner, and I know I'm getting each spot. Also, I cut my sponges in half, so I'm using a tiny square - and that I throw away after 2 weeks and then use the other half. Maybe I could throw that half out every week, but so far this has helped. I also use really hot water and dishwashing gloves.


Our Best Tips for Life Without a Dishwasher
7/17/14 09:55 AM

$225/year for a 1.5 bedroom in Chicago


How Much Did Your Renters Insurance Cost? Reader Intelligence Request
7/15/14 04:14 PM

We just spent $500 on a Tuft and Needle( https://www.tuftandneedle.com/) mattress. It's amazing, he doesn't feel me shift around (I'm an active pre-sleeper) and every night for the past 2 weeks he is really excited about going to bed. Also, we got it queen sized, so now 2 of our cats can sleep comfortably on the bed with us as well.


Tell Us: What's the Most You've Ever Spent on a Mattress?
5/20/14 05:33 PM

I'll admit that my cats have pretty much free reign over any place. There are 2 places they are not allowed on, which is the stove and on top of the fridge. Whenever we have company coming over - we really clean like madmen. I can see where people get particular about where the pet's paws have been, but in all honesty - it's my home. I'm fine, my pets are fine, please don't come in and complain about something my cat being on the coffee table, especially when I have spent the better half of the day cleaning for you.


Keep Out: Pet-free Zones at Home?
3/13/14 10:34 AM

I wonder if/how the government would turn this around as a ghetto, as they did with all the subsidized housing.


Can Tiny Houses Help Solve the Problem of Homelessness?
2/26/14 01:28 PM

Handles of liquor, definitely tacky if they're on display IMO. Hubby and I enjoy nightcaps; he gets scotch and I choose gin .So we put several of our good bottles out, with club/tonic water and some bitters. I like having them on display and I like not having to haul it out when we have people over.


Fun or Faux Pas? Liquor Bottles on Display
2/12/14 05:01 PM

I love that crane print on the left!!


Before & After: A Sad Little Bar Cart Gets Beautified
1/28/14 11:45 AM

I agree @jessr. Having worked in retail myself, as long as the items are not obviously worn out/damaged, and you have your receipt, the return doesn't take that long. I've gotten into the habit of even highlighting/circling my return on the receipt to save time.


Return Shame: You Either Have It or You Don't
1/24/14 12:05 PM

Where can I get that rug in the first picture!!??


Spice-Up Sunday: Plants and Pork Chops
1/5/14 04:46 PM

I love the quilt!


Before & After: From Dark and Dated to a Daring Dyed Sofa
12/18/13 11:49 AM

I do love this look, but between 3 cats and a partner that barely cleans unless we have company - I would be embarrassed about all the dust that would accumulate.


Open Shelving: Love It or Hate It?
11/25/13 01:52 PM

I do love this look, but between 3 cats and a partner that barely cleans unless we have company - I would be embarrassed about all the dust that would accumulate.


Open Shelving: Love It or Hate It?
11/25/13 01:52 PM

I do love this look, but between 3 cats and a partner that barely cleans unless we have company - I would be embarrassed about all the dust that would accumulate.


Open Shelving: Love It or Hate It?
11/25/13 01:52 PM

@Jaclyn P, thanks for the backup. My cats are used to this routine that I've established for them, and again, there haven't been any major health problems that come up. Sure, one cat will get into a fresh water glass now and then, or drink out of the bathroom faucet when I run it in the mornings. I love my cats, but i know I'm not going to do *everything right*.


Why You Should Consider An Automated Pet Feeder
10/9/13 04:28 PM

@Cassis - that's hilarious! one of mine requires that you move the bowl in at least 2 different places before he eats. And I have to move it because another cat inhales his food and tries to go for the others


Why You Should Consider An Automated Pet Feeder
10/9/13 01:07 PM

I think it depends on how you started raising/feeding your cat. Our 3 cats free feed all day on grain free dry food, and I change their water bowl every morning. I split a can of wet food between the 3 of them every evening and they get moist treats every now and then, and, because I'm a sap, they get either raw salmon, tuna or chicken every 2 days. They're all around 4 years old and the vet has not discussed any health problems. Personally I like being able to connect with my pets during their meal times, but I all admit I got lucky because none of them require a special diet yet.


Why You Should Consider An Automated Pet Feeder
10/9/13 11:35 AM

I collect really tacky magnets. Unfortunately, it's such a habit to do so that I forget myself and actually go to a store and ask for a tacky magnet.


Do You Have A Go-To Souvenir?
7/22/13 11:49 AM

I do this, and so does my sister. We have separate bowls for quarters and then everything else. She started using hers as a door stop and it's getting pretty massive.


Moving Money: Saving Your Change for a Time Of Change
6/25/13 11:32 AM

I'm a little wary of people who flush their litter. I live in Chicago, and am pretty ok about drinking the tap water, but I don't have the faith that the city can even filter out toxoplasmosis. I have 3 cats, and 2 litter boxes in a closet. I get Tidy Cats Breathe Easy and mix it with Dr. Esley's cat litter. I try to find litter's that are low dust, because if I don't like breathing it in when I change the litter, I can only imagine how the cats feel.


Ideal Kitty Litter for Apartment Dwellers? Good Questions
5/2/13 01:06 PM