With more free time on our hands than ever, and most of it spent in the comfort of our homes, people are seizing the opportunity to renovate their houses. But not everything that looks simple, yet splendid on those countless craft videos on YouTube, is so in reality. In fact, oftentimes it goes quite to the contrary.

From renovating and realizing you just removed a load-bearing wall and putting a nice decoration over the toilet only for it to drop all over, to felling cabinets as if there was some meteor shower, these are some of the most “thank god, it’s not me” home improvement efforts.

Have you had some renovation disasters similar to these? Hit us in the comment section below!

#1

When You Live In Svalbard, Norway And Forgot To Close The Window To The Home Office

When You Live In Svalbard, Norway And Forgot To Close The Window To The Home Office

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lowercase
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3 weeks ago

Wait people can live in Svalbard?

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#2

What Happens When You're Renovating And Remove A Load-Bearing Wall

What Happens When You're Renovating And Remove A Load-Bearing Wall

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Borkin
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3 weeks ago

i hope there was no one inside

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#3

DIY Fail

DIY Fail

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troufaki13
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3 weeks ago

Let's call it a birdy door and we're ok

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There are seemingly an infinite fountain of readily available resources to help do-it-yourselfers, such as books with step-by-step instructions and online how-to videos. In the past five years, the demand for such videos has boomed since most people have realized it’s easy to save some bucks handling cosmetic improvements alone. Those who tried and succeeded have gone on to more complex endeavors like installing tiles or replacing countertops.

And with so much free time on our hands, more and more people are willing to try out and undertake home projects that they feel comfortable with. The last part is crucial, since making a spontaneous decision when you haven’t a single clue on what you’re about to be doing is a red flag that you may be better off without doing it yourself.

#4

Spraying Weed Killer Instead Of Weed N Feed

Spraying Weed Killer Instead Of Weed N Feed

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ThatOneCrazyFanGirl
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3 weeks ago (edited)

ngl, but the pattern is cool (to me, and maybe some others)

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#5

Main Water Valve Was Not Shut Off For The Winter In A Cabin

Main Water Valve Was Not Shut Off For The Winter In A Cabin

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ThatOneCrazyFanGirl
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3 weeks ago

Is it frozen? Looks like it is to me :P

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#6

My Wife Said Measure The Door, I Told Her All Doors Are The Same Size...

My Wife Said Measure The Door, I Told Her All Doors Are The Same Size...

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Sum Guy
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3 weeks ago

You will never hear the end of it... now even if you're screwing in a lightbulb, she'll have to sign off on that

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To avoid renovation disasters that are unfortunately all too common, Bruce Irving, an independent renovation consultant and real estate agent from Cambridge, Massachusetts, suggests not rushing renovations if you just bought a new house. “Learn its flow, where the groceries land, where the laundry wants to go, how the sun hits it, where the choke points are, which way the rain slants, even get a sense of its soul,” he argues.

#7

A Friend Sent Me This Picture Today

A Friend Sent Me This Picture Today

"Wife went to get the Christmas tree from the attic. Told her not to step on the drywall. She later admitted she didn't know what drywall was"

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Kristof De Smet
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3 weeks ago

That's not her fault, that's just poor construction

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#8

It’s So Hot In Australia, Our Outdoor Lights Melted

It’s So Hot In Australia, Our Outdoor Lights Melted

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ThatOneCrazyFanGirl
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3 weeks ago

They couldn't handle it either..

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The second crucial thing is being realistic about the renovation budget. “If you don’t have the funds,” cautions Irving, “cut the job back. If you happen to beat these projections, then your surprises are happy ones.” A good rule to follow is to always add 20 percent to what you think the project will cost, and make sure that it will very likely take much longer than you initially realize.

#9

The Little Nail That Could And Two Hammers That Couldn't

The Little Nail That Could And Two Hammers That Couldn't

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Ty Stratton-Quirk
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3 weeks ago

The only nail to survive the destruction of Krypton and make it to Earth.

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#10

Rude Awakening

Rude Awakening

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ThatOneCrazyFanGirl
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3 weeks ago

Mine too! /s

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Sometimes things are better entrusted to pros. “You are about to spend more than you ever thought possible. It might as well be for a correctly-designed thing,” Irving says. Hiring an interior designer or an architect from the start will prevent you from making bad decisions that will cost you too much to fix.

#11

Went Down To The Basement To Do Laundry...

Went Down To The Basement To Do Laundry...

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Jozie
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3 weeks ago

DEFINETLEY A MAJOR OOF.

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#12

Wife Bought A New Plant Pot And Put It On The Shelf Over The Toilet. And Hour Later We Heard A Crash...

Wife Bought A New Plant Pot And Put It On The Shelf Over The Toilet. And Hour Later We Heard A Crash...

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Sum Guy
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3 weeks ago

Shitting bricks

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Here’s another tip. No matter how much we’d like to think we know things best, there are things that we truly have no idea about, and it’s fine. Realizing that asking questions will make the process smoother and more efficient is another simple trick to make your renovation work. Pretending that you know stuff, like reading blueprints, is not an option, especially when it’s you who are paying the money.

#13

Kitchen Cabinets Decided To Yeet Themselves At 4 In The Morning

Kitchen Cabinets Decided To Yeet Themselves At 4 In The Morning

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James016
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3 weeks ago

At 4am the noise would scare the crap out of me.

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#14

Lockdown Renovations Look So Easy On Instagram

Lockdown Renovations Look So Easy On Instagram

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Sum Guy
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3 weeks ago

Ooooooh... that seems expensive

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However, changing things around as you go with remodeling is also a no-go. Sticking to the plan, listening to the pros, and trusting your gut are things that should guide you through the process no matter what. Don’t let yourself get carried away by some way nicer paint for the kitchen walls, because there are always better things out there.

#15

Time To Move, I Guess

Time To Move, I Guess

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ThatOneCrazyFanGirl
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3 weeks ago

Call the Glitter Infestation Center. They'll know what to do

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#16

A Storm Came Through. The Plastic Furniture Barely Moved But The Grill Blew 30 Ft Into The Pool

A Storm Came Through. The Plastic Furniture Barely Moved But The Grill Blew 30 Ft Into The Pool

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tail_bite
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3 weeks ago

HAHA LOL

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#17

I Guess Plumbing Isn’t For Everyone

I Guess Plumbing Isn’t For Everyone

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Raine Soo
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3 weeks ago

Physics isn't for everyone.

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#18

I Now Remember That Yesterday I Wanted A Cool Soda

I Now Remember That Yesterday I Wanted A Cool Soda

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Johnny
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3 weeks ago

It's cold now!

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#19

My Fire Alarm Caught On Fire

My Fire Alarm Caught On Fire

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ThatOneCrazyFanGirl
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3 weeks ago

*popcorn kernels start popping* If you don't get it, read "50 Of The Dumbest Life Hacks These People Discovered That Actually Work (New Pics)"

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#20

Got Up In The Middle Of The Night To Get A Drink Of Water, And When I Opened The Fridge The Door Fell Off In My Hand

Got Up In The Middle Of The Night To Get A Drink Of Water, And When I Opened The Fridge The Door Fell Off In My Hand

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troufaki13
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3 weeks ago

They don't make them like they used to

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#21

Friend Of Mine Posted This Photo Of The Job Site Today

Friend Of Mine Posted This Photo Of The Job Site Today

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Jozie
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3 weeks ago

Major OOF

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#22

Slipped In The Shower, Landed On The Toilet

Slipped In The Shower, Landed On The Toilet

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Sum Guy
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3 weeks ago

My biggest fear is slipping in the bathroom, hitting my head and getting immediately paralyzed and dying a slow death since I live alone and no one actually knows where I live

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#23

When Your Cabinet Decides It’s Time To Break Lose And Come Crashing Down The Day You Install Your Brand New Glass Top Stove

When Your Cabinet Decides It’s Time To Break Lose And Come Crashing Down The Day You Install Your Brand New Glass Top Stove

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Sum Guy
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3 weeks ago

And you can't blame anyone

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#24

110+ Mph Derecho Winds Impale House With Lawn Chair, Iowa 8/10

110+ Mph Derecho Winds Impale House With Lawn Chair, Iowa 8/10

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tail_bite
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3 weeks ago

BAHAHAHAHAHAHHAAHHA

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#25

And The Job Went To The Lowest Bidder...

And The Job Went To The Lowest Bidder...

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Sum Guy
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3 weeks ago

Incase you were wondering why it's so dark in that room

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#26

When Your One Piece Sink/Counter Randomly Explodes At 3am

When Your One Piece Sink/Counter Randomly Explodes At 3am

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3 weeks ago

wth?

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#27

After Losing 1/3rd Of My Weight, I Finally Didn't Feel Too Fat Anymore. The Toilet Disagreed

After Losing 1/3rd Of My Weight, I Finally Didn't Feel Too Fat Anymore. The Toilet Disagreed

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Jozie
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3 weeks ago

damn toilet -_-

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#28

I Think I’m Going To Need A Bigger Bucket

I Think I’m Going To Need A Bigger Bucket

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Jozie
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3 weeks ago

sorry, i laughed heehee you do need a bigger bucket! 😂😂😂

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#29

Saw This On Fb With Someone Asking For A Contractor

Saw This On Fb With Someone Asking For A Contractor

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James016
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3 weeks ago

Did they fill the cracks with cream?

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#30

Gravity Wins. But I Live To Trip Another Day

Gravity Wins. But I Live To Trip Another Day

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James016
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3 weeks ago

You have a hard head

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#31

Someone In My Town Fell 30’ Down A Well Through The Floor Of Their House They Didn’t Know Existed. Literally A Well That Sucked

Someone In My Town Fell 30’ Down A Well Through The Floor Of Their House They Didn’t Know Existed. Literally A Well That Sucked

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Nicolas Pilot
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3 weeks ago

Well then

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#32

Governor Just Ordered All “Non Life Sustaining” Businesses To Close, Including Construction And Contractors. This Is The Current State Of My Only Bathroom...

Governor Just Ordered All “Non Life Sustaining” Businesses To Close, Including Construction And Contractors. This Is The Current State Of My Only Bathroom...

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Johnny
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3 weeks ago

Now you have a squat toilet -- a rarity in the USA but quite common in some countries.

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#33

We Got Our Doors Painted During A Remodel And The Painters Forgot To Put The Plastic Covering On The Ground

We Got Our Doors Painted During A Remodel And The Painters Forgot To Put The Plastic Covering On The Ground

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Sum Guy
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3 weeks ago

They have to compensate

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#34

Been Waiting 6 Weeks For A Rather Expensive Toilet So We Can Fit It At A Client's House, It Has Finally Arrived

Been Waiting 6 Weeks For A Rather Expensive Toilet So We Can Fit It At A Client's House, It Has Finally Arrived

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tail_bite
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3 weeks ago

bro who tf did this

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#35

Cabinet Fell Off The Wall While I Was Out. Handmade Dishes I've Collected From Little Shops And Farmers Markets Over The Years, Now Shattered. I Guess It's Fine I Don't Have Dishes Anymore, Since The Cabinet Knocked Open The Fridge Door, Ruining All My Food

Cabinet Fell Off The Wall While I Was Out. Handmade Dishes I've Collected From Little Shops And Farmers Markets Over The Years, Now Shattered. I Guess It's Fine I Don't Have Dishes Anymore, Since The Cabinet Knocked Open The Fridge Door, Ruining All My Food

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Sum Guy
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3 weeks ago

How long were you out, and how quick does your food get ruined?

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#36

Bought A House In July And They Graciously Left Me A Mini Fridge In The Basement, After Moving All My Beer And Alcohol Downstairs I Discovered It Was Infact A Freezer

Bought A House In July And They Graciously Left Me A Mini Fridge In The Basement, After Moving All My Beer And Alcohol Downstairs I Discovered It Was Infact A Freezer

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Raine Soo
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3 weeks ago

Under pressure.

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#37

I Just Broke The Door Handle Of My Appartement And Cut Myself. I'm Also Locked In

I Just Broke The Door Handle Of My Appartement And Cut Myself. I'm Also Locked In

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Jozie
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3 weeks ago

Call 911: ❎ Make a Bored Panda post: ✅

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#38

A Tree Tipped Over Onto My Apartment

A Tree Tipped Over Onto My Apartment

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Aaleyah _ aesthetic
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3 weeks ago

Oh nooo the poor tree (please don’t downvote its a joke)

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#39

My Roof Caved In Last Night

My Roof Caved In Last Night

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Jozie
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3 weeks ago

imagine if someone was in there hopefully no one got hurt

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#40

I Have Two Outlets In My House (Bought 2 Years Ago) That Don't Work. Purchased 2 New Outlets To Replace Them. Turns Out There Are No Wires To Connect Them To!

I Have Two Outlets In My House (Bought 2 Years Ago) That Don't Work. Purchased 2 New Outlets To Replace Them. Turns Out There Are No Wires To Connect Them To!

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Nicolas Pilot
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3 weeks ago

Even the sockets are surprised

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#41

Fiancé Was Being Thoughtful And Taking The Paint Cans To The Basement. Turns Out He Tried To Carry Too Much At Once...(Also We Just Bought This House And I’m Dying Inside)

Fiancé Was Being Thoughtful And Taking The Paint Cans To The Basement. Turns Out He Tried To Carry Too Much At Once...(Also We Just Bought This House And I’m Dying Inside)

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Sum Guy
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3 weeks ago

It's called modern art

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#42

Good Morning

Good Morning

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3 weeks ago

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#43

Guess I Don’t Actually Own A Queen Size Mattress

Guess I Don’t Actually Own A Queen Size Mattress

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Jozie
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3 weeks ago

lol

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#44

My Tenancy Ends Tomorrow After 2 Years In This Flat. Today, While Cleaning And Getting Everything Ready To Move Out, I Hit The Oven's Door And Broke The Glass. Bye Bye Sweet Deposit Money

My Tenancy Ends Tomorrow After 2 Years In This Flat. Today, While Cleaning And Getting Everything Ready To Move Out, I Hit The Oven's Door And Broke The Glass. Bye Bye Sweet Deposit Money

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Sum Guy
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3 weeks ago

Moral of the story... don't clean when leaving the apartment

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#45

My Brand New Smart TV Just Arrived!

My Brand New Smart TV Just Arrived!

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Raine Soo
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3 weeks ago

Who left it blistering in the sun?

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