It Ain't Over: Her Messy Family Inspired A Million-Dollar Idea
By Lori Weiss
For some women, two young sons who think the dirt they drag in is part of their wardrobe and a husband who never learned to wipe his feet would be enough to send them packing, but for Debbie Wiener, it was an inspiration.
“I don’t know what happened to my husband,” she laughed, “he was born and raised on Park Avenue. I think this is his rebellion against society. Even if he walks through dog sh*t, he won’t wipe his feet. And he says, at 6’ 6” if he bends down to pick up his dirty clothes, he loses oxygen.
“And for the kids, it’s monkey see, monkey do.”
Her family was determined to challenge her, and she was determined to outsmart them. Debbie began by letting them live in their own filth, just flipping the cushions on the couch when her in-laws came over. But soon she realized the only way she could win, was to replace her beautiful light-colored furniture and design her home in a way that would camouflage the mess. She decided to "slob-proof" her home.
Out went the white couches and beige carpeting and in came brown leather and multi-color rugs.
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