Why Do People Leave Their Curtains Open At Night?

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I Couldn't Help But Notice

Do You Leave Your Curtains Open At Night?

  • No, never. It's just weird
  • Yes, always. It's normal
  • Sometimes, it depends
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No--really. I couldn't help but notice because it's dark outside, your blinds are wide open, and all the lights in your entire house are on. My eyes are drawn to the light--and thus to you--like a moth to a flame.

I can see what you're doing (you've made yourself the most visible thing out there). You're usually watching TV (how sad), sometimes you're in the kitchen, but always--always--you're on display. I can see your pajamas, if you're wearing anything at all. I see the artwork on your walls, kind of shabby chic. I understand you like Dancing With The Stars but do you really need to expose your half-dressed dance to the rest of the world?

I've never understood how people can go through life putting themselves--and everything they own--and their kids--on display to God-knows-who. Me, for example. I can see into your house. I can see what you're doing. I don't understand how your mind works. I'm trying to understand how you could think this is a good idea.

Reasons For Leaving Curtains & Blinds Open At Night

Time to close the blinds.. or is it?
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  • You get claustrophobic in confined spaces
  • You can't remember silly things like curtains
  • Never saw the need to shut them
  • Live in the middle of nowhere
  • Not many people walk by
  • If someone wants to look, that's fine
  • You like knowing people can see you (naked?)
  • You have nothing to hide and nothing to fear
  • You have 500 windows but can't afford automatic shades

Reasons For Closing The Blinds At Night

  • Peeping Toms tend to pick easy targets
  • Prevent burglaries by not shining a spotlight on everything you own
  • Prevent kidnappings by not showing everyone your kids' bedrooms
  • Prevent lewd behaviors by, well, preventing the possibility
  • Everyone (yes everyone) can see you
  • You can't see out but we can see in
  • It's dark out, why have them open?
  • Privacy is important, which is why toilet doors (and walls) exist

It's Just Creepy

You heard me right--creepy. That's what I think of both the idea of leaving my blinds open at night and those people who appear unaffected by being on display in their nightclothes to everyone outside.

Do You Look In Their Windows?

  • Yeah, it's hard not to
  • Nope, it's their business
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To me it's like those obese men who wear Spandex swimwear and parade themselves around in public. My mind can't wrap around how their brains work. Why would they subject themselves to the world?

And my problem is similar when it comes to leaving curtains open and lights on at night. I don't understand why you'd do such a thing. Please help me.

Live And Let Live

Did you hear about the man who was walking around in his house, naked, and got arrested for it? Find the story here. It was morning, he was walking around naked, putting some coffee on, starting the day--when who walked through his yard but a mother and her 7-year-old son. Mother called the cops, and the man faced a year in jail and US$2,000 fine (outcome unknown). A poll asking readers' opinions on the matter showed that either lots of people walk around naked in their houses with the blinds open, or they approve of it:

  • 3% - He should have kept away from the windows
  • 97% - If you can't be naked in your own house, where can you?


While it creeps me out--majorly--to see people walking around their houses oblivious to outside stares, what's even worse is to stop people from being able to do so if they wish. I have no qualms about letting people live their lives however they see fit. It doesn't mean I understand everything people do, or even want to understand, but I greatly value my own freedom and support everyone else's as well.

That said, it's freaking creepy to walk around naked with your curtains open--day or night. Please consider taking the advice of Primus in their song "Nature Boy" (here) --> Close the blinds!

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hubs123 5 years ago

very nice hub :)

Justsilvie 5 years ago

I live on the 9th floor in the highest building around my area so I enjoy not having to close my curtains and I like waking up by natural daylight and love seeing the moon and stars at night.

But I really think the person looking in has the problem. Respecting someone's privacy should be a given. People peeking in your windows should ask themselves why they are doing it.

Waqxi 5 years ago

wow a great hub I ALWAYS KEEP MY CURTAINS CLOSE AND I AGREE WITH EVERY THING THE AUTHOR HAS WRITTEN I feel so amberrassed walking past a home with curtains wide open because I dont want to see what they are upto and yet the dwellers dont care SOrry no offence to anyone but advertising ones activities to public with open curtains is like men who pee in the public with their thingy me bob dangling -disgusting


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IS1820 5 years ago

The world is full of different people so you will get all kinds. Yet, one's privacy is important so is freedom to do what you want , within the law that is, in the confines of ones home. A fine and expected jail sentence is a bit too weird in my books, and well, maybe the woman walking by should be fined for even looking towards someone's property - also sort of an invasion of privacy. If we want to go weird - lets go all the way.

I like seeing what's outside, but if I lived on a street with people walking by I would close the curtains for most of the reasons stated in the Hub. Thats also why I have a thick hedge growing around the garden - privacy.

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ThoughtSandwiches 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada


I generally keep my curtains closed because it is agreed that, to do otherwise, would lower property values in the neighborhood.

That said, I feel bad for the guy trying to get his coffee on at 4 am who ends up getting arrested. I guess had he closed his curtains the night before...

Great Observations!


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cheaptrick 5 years ago from the bridge of sighs

"Lets get all the way weird"?...OK,I moved into my dream home and realised I had no money to curtain the many windows...Sooo,I came up with an Idea!

I turned All my lights on day and night.

Then,I walked around Naked for a few days and nights,making sure I was always in front of windows.

Walla! neighbors all chipped in and bought lovely new blinds for all my windows!Ha!

SEE,here Are some advantages to being old and naked!Ha!

Funny hub,voted up...though I suspected at first you might be a peeping Tom/Tomasina...Ha!...I think?


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Faceless39 5 years ago from The North Woods, USA Author

Okay, I'm not a Peeping Tom, but my eyes are definitely drawn to sources of light in the darkness. And since I don't look I can tell you that 99% are sitting in front of the TV brainwashing themselves anyway. Sad!

I agree with Waqxi; it's embarrassing when people put themselves on display. If you want to, that's fine, but like I said, it's creepy.

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epigramman 5 years ago your writing and your hubs ; they are so thought provoking and inspiring for debates and discussions - I most certainly close my drapes at night - you bet, because I am a praticing nudist and walk around in my birthday suit although as of late I notice that my two cats have been wearing shades and blinders - are they trying to tell me something? lol

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mary615 5 years ago from Florida

I remember when I was a child, the next door neighbors had their light on in their bedroom. I looked and wished I hadn't. I've never got that scene out of my mind. I don't think they realized that they were sharing an intimate moment with anyone, least of all, a kid! I close my drapes at night!!!

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catgypsy 5 years ago from the South

Faceless, I couldn't agree with you more!

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ronhi 5 years ago from Kenya

Great write, when i finished the introduction, i was almost disappointed because i thought you were ending there...then i scroll down and you add more flesh to always wondered why people have to do that...and if someone was arrested for it and he found so many sympathizers, it means he has lots of company...too bad. Yes i enjoyed reading this and i pressed the green button :-) Up useful, interesting, beautiful, awesome, funny...and...well, there is no excellent button

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cherylone 4 years ago from Connecticut

I truly enjoyed reading this article. And I close my blinds every night because I want to be able to feel safe in my own home and because my privacy is important to me. But more importantly, I don't think I should push whatever I am doing, watching, or possessing onto anyone else.

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mathira 4 years ago from chennai

It felt nice to read about something which escapes our attention in our day to day life and how observant you are to notice such things.Good!

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breakfastpop 4 years ago

I have a neighbor who leaves her front door open all day and night. You can't help but look in.

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Faceless39 4 years ago from The North Woods, USA Author

Thanks everyone for all the wonderful feedback! Maybe when people realize that passersby are looking at them they'll remember to shut their curtains at night! :)

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A.A. Zavala 4 years ago from Texas


There are some people in my complex that do everything you mentioned in this hub. I can't for the life of me understand why. I hate this behavior as well.

Justsilvie 4 years ago

After reading the comments I can only say... WOW never really thought much about this subject before, but somehow it has worked its way into my head and since I am moving to ground level in the next two weeks I may have to rethink my “I don't give a damn attitude”, because I would hate to offend my new neighbors by running around in my flannel Pajamas in the morning. I can be a quit scary sight before I make myself presentable.

In all seriousness … you learn something new every day. And moving to the US after living overseas for 15 years this is something I am going to add to my reverse-culture shock list. In America we often have much larger living spaces, much larger yards and everything is just larger in general and it seems it affects the ability to look away.

If you look at many cultures you will realize that privacy is given by averting the eyes, because closing a curtain may not even be an option. Even here in Austria I learned the lesson very fast when entering a men’s ward in a hospital. I was red faced and my partner had to actually tell me it was rude not to avert your eyes. (I actually did not know where to look other than at my feet)

After reading this I looked out my window and realized I could actually look into 16 windows and the 11 also had their curtains open. Hhmmm wonder if they ever give it a thought.

I also am reminded that in Movies and TV closed curtains are always the mark of something sinister, usually the serial killer who just happened to live next door, or someone holding some as a sex slave in their basement, or a poor murdered victim whose body has lain there for months never noticed by the neighbors.

Anyways the hub has been interesting and a real conversation starter. Well done.

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Dee aka Nonna 4 years ago

No, I have this thing that people may be watching and I guess I have watched one to many horror My curtains are closed the moment it begins to get dark.

Great question!

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Andrea333 4 years ago

Voted interesting and funny - I enjoyed it!

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gailalovesbijou 4 years ago from Wyomissing, PA

Voted up and interesting. A well-written, thought-provoking hub. We have 32 windows on the ground floor of our home, so we don't close the shades very often. Too much work. We also don't walk around naked--at least not on the ground floor. Upstairs we keep the shades drawn at night. I'm usually just sitting on the sofa typing on my laptop; sometimes I'm playing my guitar; or I'm cooking in the kitchen. I don't really care if people are looking in, but I hope they aren't doing much more than glancing. I do enjoy seeing how people's homes are decorated when I'm out walking at night, but I don't spend a lot of time staring in their windows. That would be creepy, for sure. Thanks for the interesting hub!

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Faceless39 4 years ago from The North Woods, USA Author

Don't get me wrong: most people lead very boring lives within the confines of their homes. However, I don't wanna see it. LOL!

JaneDoe 4 years ago

I think it's very rude and inconsiderate of someone to purposely leave their curtains or blinds open at night. Did you ever think we don't want to see what you're doing? Maybe people don't want to be apart of your world.

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Faceless39 4 years ago from The North Woods, USA Author

I think that a lot of people just are not tuned into how they're affecting others around them. That said, it is rude to force your life on others, and I wish sometimes that I didn't have to see people doing weird sh-t in their houses.

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Madurai 4 years ago from Online

May be perhaps, some people may like to be open to everybody..they don't like to hide anything..

stessily 4 years ago

Faceless39, It seems that the behaviour of those who leave their curtains open at night is open to a range of interpretations. You've presented this behaviour in an interesting and entertaining style. I tend to close the curtains at night, except for the kitchen window which looks out onto my neighbour's home to the north. I live in a rural-suburban area, with no neighbours visible to the south or east, and it's pretty to see the lights shining through the darkness to the north; they close their curtains, too.

Thanks for sharing.

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Faceless39 4 years ago from The North Woods, USA Author

Thanks so much for your comments. Though I'll never understand why people would put themselves on display, at least I know now that a lot of people understand my problem with it lol!

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nenytridiana 4 years ago from Probolinggo - Jawa Timur - Indonesia

This is interesting to contemplate. I don't have any idea how you could have this topic in mind. Good work faceless39!

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Mommiegee 4 years ago from Alabama

I enjoyed this hub! This is interesting and scary at the same time. I found myself laughing and wondering what if I've left any blinds up or any curtains open. It definitely made me think. Thanks for sharing.

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Faceless39 4 years ago from The North Woods, USA Author

I'm glad to know that, if nothing else, this has made people pause for a moment to re-assess their own habits!

Thanks so much for the awesome comments.

Calicate 4 years ago

We live in the burbs and our living areas are on the back of the house so we don't even have window coverings on the front facing windows. If you go through the trouble of peeping at my house you will probably be talking to the cops in a short short lol

Tina 3 years ago

We close our blinds when it gets dark. I believe in the whole "privacy" thing. Don't want to be "on display". Plus, why "invite" trouble?! Also, if people have nothing better to do than look into your house, they need to get a life! It's not a matter of "I have nothing to hide", it's a matter of privacy.

Clint 3 years ago

I leave my curtains open to let the breeze in.

Annabanana562 3 years ago

I always close my blinds at night. I can't understand how some people can be totally comfortable with blinds wide open and displaying everything for everybody to see. Maybe I'm just not as trusting as others maybe to the general public, but with so much robberies/raping/kidnapping/mentally ill people out there (especially in a very densely populated area like where I live) I just can not feel comfortable with leaving my blinds open and lights on at night. Thank you Faceless...I agree 100%!

Williams 3 years ago

My neighbor complained that her male neighbor was watching her in her bedroom. Her bedroom has a wall of glass which faces his living room which is only 15 feet away! It is actually impossible for him not to see into her bedroom! Am I crazy for thinking she should just close her blinds? Am I missing something here?

Carolyn 3 years ago

Can somebody explain to me why it's 'embarrassing' to be put on display at night, but not during the day? (Er, yeah, people can still see you during the day if your curtains are open. You're not suddenly invisible because it's light outside AS WELL as inside). If it's 'being on display' that worries you, then you should be against open curtains in general. Otherwise it's just a privacy thing, and the 'preventing burglaries and kidnappings' is the stupidest thing I've ever heard. If anything having your windows OPEN would prevent burglaries and kidnappings - who would burgle a house - or even a NEARBY house - where there are clearly people up and awake? Furthermore, maybe y'all have horrible eyesight but I can see people outside from inside when it's night too. Maybe the streetlights help a bit? So it's not a oneway mirror at all. And that makes me feel SAFER. I can see what's going on outside, they know it, and they're not going to try anything because of it. As for 'seeing' what you have in your house, how many houses DON'T have something of value? Do burglars really only target houses in which they have seen TVs or computers (as if 99% of the population DOESN'T have those??). And again, they could always check out where all that stuff was when your curtains are open DURING THE DAYTIME.

Why doesn't anybody ever point this stuff out??

streetsnacks 2 years ago

I can't understand why people do this! I have a neighbor that closes her blinds at night only if I tilt mine her direction at night. HA. BUT she keeps them open at night with the light on if my blinds are closed at night! WHAT A MENTAL CASE RIGHT! Why would she be worried about my blinds if everyone can see in her goddamn apartment. THese are old folks by the way to make it even more strange. I can't wrap my head around why anyone would want their blinds open at night with lights on when you can't see out! WTF! SERIously I thought about printing out this article and posting it on her door so she can feel as stupid as she looks!

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Faceless39 2 years ago from The North Woods, USA Author

This is certainly a hot topic of many, though always emphatic, opinions. Keep them coming!

As for me, there's a new tower block that just went up across the street. It "towers" above we house dwellers, and every night the entire top floor leaves their lights on, and curtains open--like a literal beacon in the night. Multiple neighborhoods can see Everything they're doing. Weird.. I'll never understand..

Jeff 2 years ago

There is only one reason. That's why I do it.

Kel 2 years ago

I do close the curtains for the night. But i like to leave them open when i am studying. Like it could be a little bit dark and my tablelamp is turned on and you can see perfectly to my room if you want to, but I study so much better when i can see the street and the forest.

Dean 2 years ago

I like to keep my blinds shut at night just due to privacy. I live in the countryside and nothing around for miles either side. But I always feel as though someone is watching me. I just can't relax otherwise. !

Denis 2 years ago

Thanks hub for this interesting topic. My neighbour leaves her curtain open every night. I noticed this few months after I had moved into my apartment. She prays at night. One of the mornings I woke up early to prepare for work, I saw her n*k*. I thought she was unaware of it so I did pay attention to her. But ever since she knew I saw her, she has always tried to get my attention by making a sound with her warddrop so I can notice her. Unaware to me, one of my neighbour saw me looking at her, went straight to her and reported me to her. She announced it to the whole neighbour that I am a creep and a bad guy. She even to her husband and my landlord's family. I got angry and left my windows open too. I don't exchange pleasantries with everyone in the compound. I feel insecure because of this experience.

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mikelongisland 2 years ago

An open window, WITHOUT CURTAINS, or some kind of material obscuring 'the outside looking in', is a legal invitation, for ANYONE to look in.

IF you don't want EVERYONE, to look inside, to what is there, keep some kind of material on the windows.

OTHERWISE you are fair game, for ANY NUT, to look in on you, be prepared for surrendering what ever 'rights' you thought you had.

chan 2 years ago

Well I have to admit that I do leave my curtains open day and night except the times I get changed. The thing is I can't sleep without the moonlight and it is stressing for me to be closed from every side. I tried to sleep the curtains closed and I slept one day non-stop. You said " You are usually watching tv ( how sad?)"! What about you? You are usually peeping on people who trusts their neighbour ( how sad).

2 years ago

Holy crap this is a judgemental article.

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Valeriana R 2 years ago

Why should you care? Aren't your curtains closed?

sam sam 24 months ago

In cartoons and film they never close there curtains or blinds At night

is just weird. They don't even do it when thay are in bed.

Brenda 23 months ago

This is funny how I found it looking for Christmas sales on drapes but a question I never thought about.

I'd asked why one would look more than once if walking past a house with drapes open at night?

There are a number of reasons this happens. It's often either in a quiet area where not much traffic or the back part of the house where people wouldn't expect anyone to be snooping. Then there are people like I am who tend to close blinds & curtains as it starts to get dark out but once in a while we get busy, the phone rights or something happens & we simply forget a room like the kitchen. Watch old TV show All in the Family & pay attention to that kitchen. Seldom are drapes closes at night but always in the living-room where they spend the most time. Kitchen faces the back like my house & last area to close up at night.

There are also people who probably want to be seen lol Those would likely be nude with bright lights on in hopes someone will look but it's up to the eyes of the individual to look or not. Would anyone here stop to watch if they saw a couple having sex with lights on? I bet most of you men would. I'd be embarrassed if anyone saw me nude but that's the American mentality in me. When I lived in Europe nudity was viewed as nature, natural & not a turn on for the most part. Ads on TV always showed full frontal of men in underwear commercials trying them on but can you imagine in the States Network TV doing that this century? lol This was in the 80s btw.

Some States like FL have strange laws so if a person is seen nude in their own home from outside, they are in trouble! Most States are if you look and don't like, then look away but for safety reasons, I'd say clothes things up since someone might see items then try to break in or might get an idea to rape a woman. I was raped at 16 so I am very careful about things so this reminds me to always be careful to close kitchen drapes & blinds no matter what is going on even though I wear PJs with a nightgown over them so am never nude unless in the shower but living alone, single looking 28 at 50, it's scary to me that some crazy person might see in.

Jessamine 15 months ago

I have never been able to understand and never will why people want to have there lights on when it is dark outside, leaving people to look inside your house, it is something I will never understand till the day I die, one of life's big big mysteries

Kira 15 months ago

I sort of leave my curtains open. I mean, I have one set of curtains that that is kinda see-through (and are white), and another set that are not see-through (some shade of green). I leave the white ones closed and the green ones open. What does that count as?

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