Nothing ruins my beauty sleep more than the sound of a booming bass on the other side of my bedroom wall. We've all been there before: Your roommate's blasting her "pump-up" playlist at a crisp 11 p.m. on a Tuesday night, so she can get in the zone to finish that work project she keeps procrastinating. But does she really need to listen to her music that loudly, to the point where your bed is literally shaking? Figuring out how to talk to your roommate about noise can be really difficult, especially when your living space is a glorified shoebox with paper-thin walls, and practically every sound you make is 10 times louder than you think it is. It's a touchy subject, for sure, but that doesn't mean it's impossible to talk about.
If you're thinking about bringing up boundaries about noise with your roommate, it's probably because they recently did (or have been consistently doing) something super loud at what you thought was an inappropriate time. Maybe they used their heavy-duty, ear-splitting blender at 6 a.m. on a Saturday before hitting the gym, or they had that one friend over again whose laugh could probably be heard from outer space. Whatever happened, the point is, you feel like a line has been crossed, and you want to bring up the issue to them.
Your frustration is 100 percent justified — but if you really want to solve the issue in a healthy way and steer clear of drama in your living space, try to follow these seven pieces of advice when you sit down with your roommate.