Our homes are supposed to provide a safe reprieve from the chaos of the outside world, but it doesn’t always go that way, and especially not if we’re finding it hard to get any peace and quiet while we’re in the house. Having a noisy home – either because of outside noise pollution or an annoyingly loud house – is an inconvenience that we could all live without, especially in an age when it can seem difficult to get any peace in the outside world. Below, we take a look at some useful tips that’ll help to quieten your home and your mind.
Upgrade your Tech
The house in itself could be quiet; it’s the devices that are inside the home that are causing all the problems! If you have outdated washing machines, dishwashers, and so on, then you might have to contend with a constant and noisy rattling everytime you want things to be clean. If this is the case, then it might be worth looking into your home savings fund and splashing out on new devices. It might feel a bit painful if there’s nothing obviously wrong with what you already have, but you’ll certainly appreciate the new found peace and quiet around your home.
Move to a Quieter Room
This might sound like a no-brainer, but if you have especially noisy neighbours on one side of your home, then what are you doing spending time at that time of the house? Obviously, you don’t want to have any areas that are off limits in your own home – but when it comes to relaxing, then it might not be the worst thing in the world to unwind in a quieter part of the home. It should at least suffice until you have the opportunity to talk to the neighbours about their noisy ways (more on that later).
You might be fighting a losing battle against external noise, and not even realise it. A lot of noise can pass through old windows and doors, and if you don’t upgrade them, then the noise is unlikely ever to go away. Look at getting double glazed windows fitted by Ideal Windows, and you’ll be on your way to having a better night’s sleep; double glazed are much better at blocking out noise (and the cold for that matter) than normal windows. You should also have a look at your door to check that it’s up to the job of keeping out all that unwanted noise. If it’s not, then upgrade.
Hanging on the Walls
Walls can be the enemy of peace and quiet. If you have bare walls, then all the noise that’s passing through your home will continually be reverberating off the walls, creating something of an echo chamber. There is a way around this, however, and it’s something that’ll also make your home look better too. You can hang stylish, noise cancelling curtains up, or place noise absorbing fabrics if your walls are bare. Once there’s something there to absorb the noise, you should notice an improvement straight away.
Plug the Gaps
If you live in a new build house, then you can skip to the next paragraph as gaps in the walls probably won’t apply to you. It’s an issue with older homes. All properties go through usual wear and tear, and in the process small gaps can spring up, letting in both noise and the cool. On a windy day, go around your home and see if there are any places where the breeze is coming up. If you do, get it plugged up, and you’ll have a quieter, warmer home.
Speak to your Neighbours
You don’t have to live next door to the neighbours from hell to wish they would quieten down a little bit. Sometimes, it’s not even that they’re that loud – it’s just that you practically live on top of one another, and everything they do manages to filter into your home. Whatever the issue is, you’ll lose nothing by knocking on their door and having a polite chat. In all likelihood, they probably don’t even realise that they’re being noisy.
Sometimes, it’s not the property’s or the neighbour’s fault: it’s the kids! We all know that it can be difficult to get any peace and quiet when there are crazy kids running around the property. And we also all know that you won’t be able to get them to stop, even if you wanted to! That’s why it’s sometimes worth having an ‘organised chaos’ room for when the noise gets too much. Make sure it’s far away from where you like to unwind, and everyone wins – they can make as much noise as they like, and you’ll have your quiet.
You might be able to tolerate the noise during the day, or maybe you’re not even there during the day if you have a full-time job. But when it comes to nighttime, the gloves are off: you would need to have the patience of a saint not to get frustrated by loud noises when you’re trying to get a full night of beauty sleep! If you can’t stop the noise, then there is a little trick you can use: play white noise through a speaker in your bedroom. You won’t even notice it after a few seconds, but it’ll ensure that annoying sounds don’t make it through.
Your attitude is one of the best remedies against noises in the home! Create a zen, chill out spot, one that’s free of technology, and you’ll find it all the more straightforward to deal with the stresses of living in a loud home. It’s all about your state of mind (well, not all, but a lot!).
Don’t Fight What You Can’t Control
Finally, remember to keep a little bit of perspective in your quest to silence your home. It’s easy to be dramatic about noise, but you can only do what you can. After that, it’s about living with it – or looking for a new house!
This is a collaborative post.