Traffic. Trains. Transit. You name it. Noise.
With only three rooms, there isn’t anywhere you can go to get away from noise. Sure, we can turn up the music or the TV, but it’s only adding to the noise. Sometimes, it’s the best strategy we have to drown out whatever is happening outside.
Having fewer rooms and a house with a width half the size of our old house puts us closer to external noises than we were in the big house. Sleeping in this house the first month proved to be the greatest challenge, particularly with an 11 p.m. train rolling by three blocks away.
Cars. Kids. You name it. Noise.
Living in an urban area is a new experience. We’re closer to our neighbors. Kids run down the sidewalk screaming about 10 feet from the living room. It is HILARIOUS since I know exactly how careless I was as a kid. One time, a couple of kids ran up to our house, rang the doorbell, and then ran away. This is karma for us being bad kids–I know it.
Getting work done at the oven desk can be difficult with the outside noises.
Our neighborhood is all about that bass. For real. Cars are a-thumpin’ when they roll down the street. In the summer, our 85-year-old neighbor comes running out of her house to yell at the other neighbors playing loud music; we refer to her affectionately as “The Mayor.”
Well, it’s been nearly six months since moving to our small house. We’re learned to tune out much of the background noise of the hustle and bustle surrounding us. We turn up the podcasts or Pandora to add some ambient noise to our day to day, and maybe learn something in the process, too.
While I was afraid at first that the noise would scare us away, I’m happy to say that much like everything else in life, we’ve adjusted to a new way of living. But if you plan on stopping by to spend a night on our couch, bring earplugs. 🙂
Real Talk of Tiny Living, Part 1: Clutter
Real Talk of Tiny Living, Part 2: Time
Real Talk of Tiny Living, Part 3: Diet
Real Talk of Tiny Living, Part 4: Routine
Real Talk of Tiny Living, Part 5: Noises
Real Talk of Tiny Living, Part 6: Smells
Real Talk of Tiny Living, Part 7: Misconception