Mother-in-Law Caught Snooping in Bedroom of Couple

Gillian Sisley

When does an in-law’s behavior cross the line?

In-laws don't exactly have a reputation for being reasonable or easy to live with. It doesn't take much searching on the internet to find dozens upon dozens of stories of how couples struggle to navigate their in-laws.

And these sorts of tensions are a real problem for married couples, in particular, because data shows that interference from in-laws can increase a couple's chances of separating or getting divorced by 20%, in some cases.

These realities were highlighted in a recent online post in which a woman set a trap for her nosy mother-in-law, and catches her red-handed.

When does an in-law’s behavior cross the line?

A Reddit post published on May 9th, reported on by Catherine Ferris from Newsweek, has gone viral with 16,400 upvotes and 1,400 comments.

The author begins her post by clarifying that she generally has a good relationship with her mother-in-law, but started to get annoyed that the woman was going through her drawers in her bedroom whenever she needed something.

The author found this to be very ‘embarrassing’ and ‘invasive’, especially if she went to open drawers that contained personal items. The mother-in-law even complained on a few occasions that she stumbled across 'uncomfortable' items before.

After talking with her mother-in-law, she claimed that she was just looking for something like a phone charger, and didn't know what was in which drawer, so she wasn't being invasive on purpose.

Everyone has a right to privacy.

Privacy is fundamental to every single person, and it allows people to decide what they share with the world and what they keep to themselves. No one should feel entitled to someone else's private life or private details that they wish to not share with others.

The author decided to ‘eliminate all confusion’ and put labels on each and every one of the drawers in her bedroom so that her mother-in-law would know exactly where items, such as a phone charger, were located.

With that said, when the mother-in-law saw the signs, she became very angry. She was offended that she was being treated ‘like a small child’ or ‘stupid’ for not knowing where things were. The mother-in-law left angry, and the author's husband later became angry at her for creating an argument, to begin with.

What do you think? Was the author entirely within her right to play into her mother-in-law's justification and label everything so that she knew where to find things? Or was the author just being petty, and shouldn't have gone to such great lengths to humiliate and embarrass her mother-in-law?

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