7 Ways to Be a Bad Neighbor in a Duplex that Shares a Laundry Room

7 Ways to be a Bad Neighbor in the Alaska Bush

Note to readers: This is NOT a passive-aggressive attack on any of our neighbors thinly veiled as an informative post.  It is instead a confession of the ways the TAT family has been bad neighbors while living in a duplex that shares a laundry room.  Thank you.

The Duplex In Which The Alaska Teacher has been a bad neighbor

This is our lovely school-district owned duplex you may recognize from an earlier photographic tour of Brevig Mission.  We live in the north side (or left side in this picture).  A joint laundry room connects us to the south side.

This is the eighth year we've lived in this duplex, and we've learned a lot about what it means to be a bad neighbor.  Here's our list:

1. Leave loads of clothes in the washer and forget about them

Spoiled-smelling clothes are fun for everyone!  Bonus points if your neighbors have to knock on your door to ask you to move them.

2. Leave loads of clothes in the dryer and forget about them

Again forcing your neighbors to knock on the door and ask you to move them.  Double bonus points if you forgot to start the dryer so they're still wet.

3. Accidentally order too many diapers and baby wipes

Leave them stacked next to the washer and dryer, even though your kids are now potty-trained.

4. Dominate 100% of storage space above the washer and dryer

You know, with important things like: pop tarts, candy bars, peanut butter M&Ms, shredded coconut, marshmallows, Boom Chicka Pop, brownie mix, whole wheat flour, cake mix, pub mix, pistachios, popcorn kernels, Craisins, and purple streamers.

Note to readers: I will literally send a prize to the person that most accurately guesses which of the above items Steve ordered and which I ordered.  You're welcome.

5. Forget to cancel Amazon Subscribe and Save orders

Have exactly five cases of pasta sauce in the storage space across and kitty-corner from the washer and dryer.

Ditto the Subscribe and Save problem with lemon juice, lime juice, and coconut milk.

6. Keep your kunitaq so crowded with shoes, outerwear, and a chest freezer that it's virtually impossible to cross over the kunitaq to reach your door and is occasionally impossible to shut the door between the kunitaq and the laundry room

The heading kind of says it all.

Note to readers: kunitaq is an Inupiaq word for Arctic Entry or an entry way designed to keep the snow and cold from reaching your actual front door.

Note to Inupiaq readers: feel free to correct my spelling of kunitaq.  Taikuu tanni!

7. Fail to train your children to leave the neighbor's dog alone

We tried.  We really did.  But the pleases and pleading were not enough to put the Fear of God into them regarding the opening of the kennel and resulted in the neighbors having to chase their dog around town.  🙁  Remember the song "Who Let the Dog(s) Out?"  I know the answer now.  It was Kaitlyn and Levi.

Next up in the series: How to Be a Good Neighbor

We'll probably have to find a guest poster to write that one...


  1. Sena says:

    Steve: peanut m&m’s, pub mix, pistachios, pop tarts
    Angie: shredded coconut, brownie mix, chicka pop, popcorn kernels, purple streamers, whole wheat flour, craisins, marshmallows

  2. Kariana says:

    Tim’s guess:
    Steve-pop tarts, candy bars, marshmallows, pub mix, pistachios, purple streamers “because he is a preschool teacher.”
    Angie-peanut butter M&Ms, shredded coconut, marshmallows, Boom Chicka Pop, brownie mix, whole wheat flour, cake mix, popcorn kernels, Craisins.

    Kari’s guess:
    Steve- pop tarts, candy bars, peanut butter M&Ms, marshmallows, brownie mix, cake mix, pub mix, pistachios
    Angie- shredded coconut, Boom Chicka Pop, brownie mix, whole wheat flour, popcorn kernels, Craisins, and purple streamers “because you are a mother of a daughter.”
    You know we all ‘bout dem prizes!

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