A Post-Grad’s Guide to Living in Peace

“Dear annoying guy that lives above me…”

Some of you may know exactly where I’m going with this. If you’ve ever lived in an apartment building, condo, complex, etc. with neighbors in every direction, you can share in the pains and gains of living on your own.

The pros and cons may or may not be so obvious at first. I’ve already mentioned some necessities for making it on your own. But what are you supposed to do when the person above you won’t stop playing house music 24/7? Or when their pet decides to take a dump on the sidewalk right outside the building?

Mommy and daddy are no longer there to fight your fights for you. Rule #1: Pick your battles. Decide what and when it’s worth complaining about. Sure, their music may be annoying, but is it really worth a confrontation? Approach the situation lightly, if you must. Here are 5 easy ways to deal with an annoying neighbor:

1. Schedule. By no means am I suggesting that you should live your life around theirs. But if something happens at the same time every day, you may have a chance of avoiding it. Trust me… you’ll be happier at the gym than you would be listening to the kid next door practice the piano at 3 p.m. every Tuesday.

2. Drown it out. Their dog is barking. Sounds like the perfect time to catch up on the shows you’ve missed. Turn on the TV or better yet… plug headphones into your computer for some Netflix.

3. Keep your cool. Remember when I said it’s worth picking your battles? Don’t sweat the small stuff and let it slide (if you can). Loud music on a Friday? You’ve been guilty of that in the past, I’m sure. But a full-blown party on a Tuesday night? Refer to #4.

4. Approach them kindly. Notice I said approach, not confront. Kill them with kindness, and hopefully they’ll at least turn it down a notch or two.

5. Talk to your landlord. When all else fails, bring the landlord into the picture. It’s not always easy to ask your 50-year-old neighbor to pick up his dog’s poop outside your door. But if whatever it may be is bothering your life, then there’s certainly a problem. You pay to live there, too. It’s your home, and it should feel like it.

Any other tips on how to deal with annoying neighbors? Share them with us below or @20sTweet!


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1 Response to A Post-Grad’s Guide to Living in Peace

  1. Stephanie says:

    So true!!! When I first moved out of home, I had a neighbor that blasted Jay Leno and David Letterman in his bedroom every night. It sounded like they were in MY room LOL! so annoying but all part of apartment – living ….

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