Noise is a fact of life. Noise is something that city dwellers learn to live with. Then, they go to the country to get some peace and quiet only to find out that the birds chirp, the wind howls, the trees creak, the cows low, the dogs bark, they coyotes yip and the doors slam.
Slamming doors is the most incongruous noise of all. Just when you least expect it WHAM! The door has your attention, front and centre, and it’s not singing wake me up before you gogo.
Slamming doors are an issue in nearly every setting. Open your doors to catch that summer breeze and soon enough, they have all closed themselves with a fright. Go to a hotel and the heavy fire doors slam closed, causing you to have disturbed sleep. Life in a multi-family building can pose both problems at the same time and bring in a whole host of new issues.
More people live in multi-family units today than ever in history. We now chose a place to live, in conjunction with dozens of people that we have never met, and hope for the best. When we don’t get along with our neighbours, life can be hard on us as an individual, a family, and even affect us at work. There are a lot of reasons that you may not get along with your neighbour but a shocking article from The Guardian states 10 million Brits have had issues with their neighbour:
(They) found that noise tops the list of neighbour complaints, with about three in five people annoyed by loud voices or arguments, blaring music and TVs. A quarter of those affected are irritated by door slamming, a similar percentage have been disturbed by their neighbours' noisy pets (that could be me – I have a cat that can miaow for Britain), and one in five by regular parties. Then there is the 5% who can hear their neighbours having sex. Eew!
We have heard it time and again in office buildings, hotels, schools, … wherever there are doors, there are doors slamming. It doesn’t have to be that way.
It’s time to take the bull by the horns and stop the slamming doors before they start damaging your relationships with your neighbour, your family, and your employer.
Starting a business is not easy. I didn’t know how hard it would be. I told Nick that I didn’t want to do it because it wouldn’t be easy. I gave in. I did it. It’s not easy. If anyone ever tells you that it is, roll your eyes and move on.
Is it worth it? I think it will be. This year was probably the hardest. We had a lot of hurdles to jump. We got tangled in a few but I think we finished the race and now, we have a lot of things to be grateful for.