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    33 Things For Anyone Who Can't Stand Their Roommates

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    1. A pair of foam earplugs, because these'll effectively block the sound of your roommate playing video games until 3 a.m. Plus! They contour to your ear so you barely know they're there (just like your now-silent roomie).

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    Promising review: "I purchased these earplugs because I suffer from something called annoying neighbors syndrome. I would liken the sounds coming from below and across from my apartment to that of an auto shop or a construction site, perhaps even an airplane hanger. Therefore, I have resulted to earplugs to ensure I get a somewhat worthwhile night of sleep. The contour capabilities of these ear plugs make them incredibly comfortable to wear. After inserting the earplugs and allowing them to adjust, silence befell my bedroom. I was able to sleep free from the obnoxious noises that surround my apartment. These will be the only earplugs I wear from now on." —Emily Buss

    Get a pack of 10 from Amazon for $2.98.

    To learn more, check out "These $6 Earplugs Actually Changed The Way I Sleep".

    2. A shower caddy separator that'll keep your shampoos and conditioners SAFE from a certain someone who keeps "borrowing." Make it known you each have a side and keep. it. that. way.


    Promising review: "The best one I have ever purchased! It stays put and adjusts for all size items and perfect for sharing with roommates." —Carly Spoljaric

    Get it from Amazon for $16.69.

    3. Or! A portable caddy so you can keep everything even *further* from their grasp. Maybe even hide this under the bed.


    It has seven outer pockets!

    Promising review: "This is super durable and holds a lot. My roommate and I both have the same one and we love it! I have two very large shampoos, two conditioners, two body washes, a scrub brush, and I still have more room! The mesh is really nice because it dries really quickly and doesn't drip on the floor! Highly recommend!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in 13 colors).

    4. A white noise machine to not only drown out distractingly loud dorms so you can sleep through the night, but *also* be able to concentrate if you study in your room. Soothing sounds > yelling people.


    It has ten fan sounds and ten ambient noise variations, including white noise, pink noise and brown noise.

    Promising review: "If you are wanting to drown out noise in any environment, this is your solution. I'm sensitive to noise and highly misplaced working in a noisy office. This device has numerous combinations between sound types and volume. I was able to find the perfect mix to drown out the loud people in my office. I'm now able to focus and be much more productive and happier at work." —MB

    Get it from Amazon for $49.95 (available in four colors and in two styles).

    5. Or! A sound machine with soothing nature sounds that'll ~wash~ over your pillow and help you forget about your roommate who's either practicing how to yodel or talking on the phone. Hard to decide which.


    It comes with ~21~ sounds: seven white noise, seven fan sounds, and seven nature sounds like birds, ocean waves, streams, crickets, and thunder.

    Promising review: "This little white noise machine works great if your roommates, or siblings make a lot of noise at night. It can help drown outside noise and give you better sleep. I'm happy to report that this white noise machine does just that. It is very simple to use, with several modes and many different sounds you can choose from. If you have trouble sleeping at night or you need something to drown out noisy house mates, this is the item to get!" —D

    Get it from Amazon for $28.99.

    6. A bottle of Poo-Pourri, because the last thing you want from the person you hate most is...evidence that they've used the bathroom. Live in peaceful bliss.

    Promising review: "I think this is the most adorable thing ever. I bought it so I could keep it in my purse, but once I started working in an office, I decided to tuck it into my desk drawer. It's discreet, and when I need to go to the restroom, I can bring it along without anyone noticing. Now I don't need to use obnoxious chemicals to mask the smells. One of the women in my office has a sensitivity to chemical perfumes, so I'm sure she'd appreciate that I'm not contributing to her suffering." —brinnet

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in nine sizes).

    7. A self-adhesive seal strip to cheaply soundproof your room without any hefty investments. This'll prevent their show (with the volume at seemingly 1,000) from creeping into your space — who knew door cracks were the real culprit?

    You can pick between white and brown, depending on your door. Just cut it to the size you need and stick it on!

    Promising review: "I came across this blessing in disguise after being completely FED UP with noise from my siblings in my house when I'm trying to sleep for work the next day. My door wasn't thick enough to bounce off noise from behind it. I realized it's not actually really the door I have to worry about...IT'S AROUND THE DOOR. This is everything I needed. I was listening to my sibling take a phone call when the door was open then after I was done, I closed the door and POOF, noise no more! If you're looking at this because you need some soundproofing, this is definitely a must-have." —Bobby

    Get it from Amazon for $5.57+ (available in sizes 16ft–33ft and colors).

    8. A mini Instant Pot for making individual meals that do NOT have to be shared with anyone. Plus, you'll be able to use fewer dishes, meaning there's a whole lot less confrontation on your horizon.


    Promising review: "I really love this appliance. I have replaced my rice cooker and egg cooker, and put my large crock pot into storage. This thing does all those things and more. And, as a single person, the size of the mini is perfect. I still get leftovers, but not days and days of leftovers. The stainless steel pot is so much easier to clean than my crock pot, both in the sink and the dishwasher. I think I will be using my Instant Pot at least once a week for a long time." —Denise J.

    Get it from Amazon for $59.92+ (available in three sizes).

    To learn more, check out "I Tried The Instant Pot That Everyone's Obsessed With".

    9. A noise-reducing room divider so living in an open dorm doesn't mean you never get a break from their (extremely) loud ways. This'll minimize the sounds of them video chatting until dawn *and* create a sense of privacy.


    This is also great as a blackout curtain to block light! It's designed with noise-reducing in mind, thanks to its super thick material.

    Promising review: "This is seriously worth the money! I need to close off my open space dining room from the noise of the living room and this absolutely worked. I plan to get more soon for other areas in my home." —Shelby hipp

    Get it from Amazon for $28.95+ (available in five sizes and eight colors).

    10. A label maker that'll let you put your name on e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g, including your box of granola bars that seem to attract sticky fingers.,

    It has 20 plus ways to format text *and* 200 plus symbols and clip art.

    Promising review: "I bought this on sale for $10 and it was worth every cent. I went through the initial roll of tape in only a few days covering everything myself and my roommates own with various obscenities. Prints clearly and have had no issues with it. 10/10 will continue to buy tape refills." —Alex

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in six styles).

    11. A set of stick-on bumper pads for muffling everything, from slamming microwaves, toilet lids, glasses, cabinets, you name it. If they make a scene with it, it's fair game.


    Promising review: "I 100000% guarantee that you will love this item. Living in a house with three kids can be a loud process, from slamming doors, dropping items, etc. I had to think of an idea on how to make that process a little more quiet. So I found these little rubber bumpers and wow what a surprise. They have been a life-changer. Everything is so quiet — I recommend it to anyone else with loud kids!" —Tylers product review

    Get a set of 300 from Amazon for $9.99.

    12. A TP storage holder stand, because if you're left stranded on the toilet ONE MORE TIME, you are going to lose it. Now you'll never have to yell your roommate's name at the worst moment possible.


    It holds three rolls of TP!

    Promising review: "My downstairs bath leaves a lot to be desired as far as important things like where to hang the tissue. Without performing acts of contortion, there was just no place to put our paper. This toilet paper holder was a perfect solution for my small space and has the added convenience of storing extra rolls. It was easy to put together and even came with a set of extra screws. The finished product seems really sturdy and looks good as well." —Michelle Foster

    Get it from Amazon for $17.87 (available in two colors).

    13. A draft-blocker for preventing noises from drifting in your room through underneath the door. Its soundproof, three-layer design will stop the echoes of banging drums in their ~path~, leaving you blissfully unaware.


    Reviewers also use this to keep cold air from coming into their house/room!

    Promising review: "I’m renting an apartment and my front door doesn’t brush up against the floor. There was about an inch gap which was annoying, because it meant light, noise, and bugs could get in. Ever since I’ve installed this, I’ve had almost no bugs, light, and so much less sound! It’s great. The sound blocking is especially amazing, because my bedroom is near the front door and I hated hearing my neighbors conversations clear as day in the stairwell. It practically matches the color of the door so it doesn’t stand out at all. It’s been on for a little over a month and I’ve had no issues. It’s been stuck where I placed it. I’m very happy with this product!" —airazedy

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in four colors).

    14. A set of organizing food bins so you can separate your groceries in a way that feels less confrontational than constantly asking them to NOT eat your pickles. Separated produce = boundaries.


    Promising review: "I jumped on the bandwagon to have a more organized refrigerator and love it! Everything is neatly contained and organized. This also helps me remember what was in the container and what needs to be refilled." —MrandMrsK

    Get set of four on Amazon for $29.99.

    15. A natural headache-relief balm, because you already know you NEED this based on what feels like a lifetime of listening to them do everything at high volume. Now you can sit in your room without your brain throbbing.


    Its organic ingredients (like chamomile, lavender, eucalyptus, rosemary, and beeswax) can help alleviate tension, headaches, migraines, and migraine-induced nausea by rubbing it on your temples every 5–15 minutes.

    Promising review: "I am so happy. I had a migraine for 11 days then came across this Headache Ease Balm. It has decreased the pain to a mild-medium headache which is a MASSIVE DROP IN MY PAIN. If you have a headache that's driving you nuts, buy this; it does help. Although I believe in herbal remedies my pain was so bad I didn't think it would help. I am so happy I decided to give it a try." —Journey

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99 (available in six scents).

    16. A pan and bakeware rack organizer that'll reduce the chances of your roomie banging everything together just to find that *one* skillet. These'll make sure they see it, grab it, and hopefully cook QUIETLY.


    Promising review: "Where was this 10, 20, 30 years ago? I really like this product. It frees up lots of room from the oven where we usually store pans. Now they are all in one corner of the pantry, don't make noise banging around, and keeps them from scratching/chipping. I highly recommend." —Tom puleo

    Get them from Amazon: the pan organizer (left) for $14.47 and the bakeware organizer (right) for $17.99.

    17. A pair of bluetooth headphones so you can study, watch TV, or even just listen to music uninterrupted and stay in the zone thanks to their impressive sound quality and around-ear cushion design for an ~immersed environment~. No more missing that very important scene because your roomie was singing in the shower.


    They also have noise-reducing technology if you want to wear them *in silence*. Our wireless headphone testers for BuzzFeed Reviews say these are surprisingly comfortable for extended wear — which is great, because they boast 13 hours of playback time.

    Promising review: "I waited over a month to write this review, because I thought there was no way these headphones could actually be this good for the price. But I use them all day every day and I have never been more impressed with headphones under under $50. I have sensitive ears with headphones and am super picky, but these are so comfortable I can sleep in them. Noise reduction is great when something is playing. Overall definitely worth the buy, highly recommend." —Whitney O'Neil

    Get them from Amazon for $36.99+ (available in seven colors).

    See why these won best lowest-priced wireless headphones on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    18. A portable laptop desk, because working in your living room is sadly never an option. This + headphones = a new record for how long you studied uninterrupted while in your bedroom.


    It includes a built-in handle for easy portability!

    Promising review: "I am in love with this lap desk. I have been searching for one that I could use while I'm off on medical leave. This one is not only comfortable, but stays put and keeps everything in place. I have used it for my laptop, to put my cell phone where I can reach it easily, and have had absolutely no trouble with this at all. I even purchased adult coloring books for when I'm off, and this will be perfect for it. It's a great product and very well-made!" —Thrivin T

    Get it from Amazon for $19.29+ (available in four colors).

    19. A cute charger label for an adorable way to say, "I know you keep borrowing my charger and now I'll be able to keep track." Deep breaths.


    Promising review: "My charging cable was starting to fall apart at the top. I could see the wires slowly peeking out through my nylon braided charing cable and it was charging my phone on and off. I decided to buy this product to mend the cable instead of buying a brand new one. To my surprise, my charging cable is still working with this. It saved me some money for now." —Anonymous

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99 (available in 21 styles).

    20. A lavender-scented pillow mist to drift off to dreamland more easily by using this to encourage ~peace of mind~. This'll keep you relaxed, even if you hear bumps in the night — which are actually just your roommate making at 2 a.m. sandwich.


    It has a blend of lavender and chamomile to make you say "ahhh" instead of "AHHH" as you try to sleep despite *ahem* interruptions.

    Promising review: "This product is great. I spray it on my pillow at night and it helps me relax into sleep rather than toss and turn. It is also a nice fragrance around the house. So happy that I tried this. I am very pleased!" —Martha N.

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95 (available in seven scents).

    21. A dishwasher magnet, because this'll be a cute, non-aggressive way to communicate with them whether the dishes are clean or dirty — as weird as this may sound, plates DON'T have legs and can't put themselves away. But only one of you didn't know that.


    Promising review: "This is an awesome little magnet. I thought it would go on there and we would always forget to rotate it, but we don't. It makes it easier to make sure we know what's clean and dirty." —Mike D.

    Get it from Amazon for $5.95.

    22. A timer safety outlet so you can rest assure all toasters, hair straighteners, WHATEVER are actually turned off when you know you can't rely on your roommate to know for sure.


    You can set it to stay on for various amounts of time: one, two, four, or eight hours, OR always on.

    Promising review: "This is the best design of all the countdown timers I've used. I have an individual timer or multiple outlet strip timer on every appliance that could overheat or overcharge, because I worry a lot about fire and don't trust my memory to turn things off. This helps with that!" —MysteryAuthor

    Get it from Amazon for $11.49.

    23. An essential oil diffuser for ending the day on a relaxing note, even after your roommate tried to Venmo you twice for the same darn cleaning supplies. Just breathe in some soothing essential oils and you will get through this, I PROMISE.


    Promising review (for the diffuser): "I purchased this because I have really bad allergies (I live in Texas) and it's hard for me to breathe at night so I always have to prop my pillow up and it's really annoying. Because I couldn't breathe I would snore and wake up with my throat feeling like it's on fire. Within the first 10 minutes of using thing with essential oil, I noticed a huge difference. I'd wake up feeling amazing and not congested or with a sore throat." —Kyle

    Get them from Amazon: the essential oil diffuser for $19.99 (available in two colors) and lavender essential oil for $7.99.

    For more about this difffuser, check out "This Fancy Humidifier/Essential Oil Diffuser Will Turn Your Home Into A Dang Spa".

    24. A handy grocery pad that'll prove useful when you've already texted them THREE TIMES that they need to get more olive oil. Hang this on the fridge and never back down.


    Promising review: "I am loving this grocery shopping pad. It's so handy to have it on the fridge so I can use it, but the family can add things to it over the week. There are no excuses in this house for not having what you want from the store. I love how 95% of everything I need is on the list, but there's also a few lines in each section to write stuff in as well as a space at the bottom for miscellaneous items. I feel so well prepared when I go to the store now!" —Aundrea

    Get it from Amazon for $6.36 (available in six styles).

    25. A quiet robot vacuum, because this'll cancel those extra-loud cleaning sessions your roommate insists on doing every darn weekend. You have shows to watch! Now your carpets will always be clean and The Office will play uninterrupted.


    It's designed to operate ~extra quietly~ and boasts powerful suction at 1300Pa for up to 100 minutes. It *also* has infrared-sensors for evading obstacles, drop-sensing tech to avoid falls, and automatically recharges. You'll get a remote control, charging base, AC power adapter, cleaning tool, an extra set of high-performance filters, four side brushes, and five cable ties.

    Promising review: "I absolutely love this! Living with four roommates that don’t clean (two dogs, one cat, one lazy human), I needed some assistance in keeping my place neat and free of hair tumbleweeds. This thing is AMAZING. It’s sleek, quiet, and does an incredible job on my hard floors, rugs, and carpet. It’s very quiet, honestly I had it run at midnight last night with no interruptions to my sleep. The suction is great, and you’ll see the amazing little trails on the carpet that clean people like me live for. I even have a higher pile rug in my room that I was concerned about, but my little guy went right over it with no issues." —Megan

    Get it from Amazon for $229 (available in two colors).

    26. A magnetic whiteboard so you can publicly plan your week or simply write not-so-subtle messages ("waking up at 7 a.m.!!!") so they KNOW they shouldn't be loud at night without the need for major confrontation.


    It comes with four fine-tip dry erase markers and an eraser.

    Promising review: "I use this literally every day. Whether it's for making to-do, to-buy, or little notes to myself/roommates, it's super useful and a good size to get everything written down. The markers are pretty great, too!" —Leslie

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99 (available in two sizes).

    27. A key-hiding rock for an easy solution if you've already lost count how many times your roommate has gotten locked out — so *you* have to leave work early to rescue them. NO. LONGER. Now they've always have a backup.

    Plus its believable rock design can set your mind at ease about people spotting your keys.

    Promising review: "About a month ago, I was headed for my dad's singing performance and locked the front door from the inside as I was walking out. Something distracted me and I closed the door before I could check to make sure I had my car/house keys with me. I didn't. And it was a cold wintery night. The only person who could help me get back inside in the next four to five hours was my dad, who was already at his show warming up! The next day I ordered this rock key holder and it's exactly what I need. The top side of the rock looks very realistic. It hides well in my garden where I placed it. I don't think to the naked eye anyone would know what it is though." —S. Russell

    Get it from Amazon for $5.97.

    Need something for a hallway? Get this key lock box ($19.99 on Amazon) that you can attach to your door handle.

    28. A fleece headband with built-in headphones that'll replace their blasting show (hello, open dorm) with a relaxing podcast or playlist. Its cool mesh panels stay in place if you toss and turn *and* it contours to feel like the perfect fit. You can even pull it down to use as a sleep mask!


    Basically you can listen to soothing music or podcasts *without* your regular headphones sticking into your ears. It's also great at blocking light when you use it as a sleep mask!

    Promising review: "The amount of hours I've slept with these things on is probably too high to count at this point. If you're living with a roommate, this can be a life-saver." —Joe

    Get it from Amazon for $14.97+ (available in three colors).

    29. An app called Splitwise so you can keep track of shared bills and rent without feeling like you're constantly nagging them. Now they'll *have* to pay you back for utilities, because you will know if they're avoiding you.


    You can keep track of shared expenses, organize upcoming bills, and record cash and online payment (you can link your banking info to this for direct payments!).

    Get it from the Apple Store or Google Play for free.

    30. A set of silicone cooking tools, because these'll eliminate the chances of your roomie scratching your precious cookware AGAIN — not to mention, these'll really bring noise down to a minimum if they cook very loudly.,

    An added bonus: they protect your cookware from scratching! The set includes a deep soup ladle, solid serving spoon, slotted turner, pasta server, flexible spatula, basting brush, whisk, tongs, round spatula, and turner.

    Promising review: "I love this set. The best part is — no noise while making food. They're strong, sturdy, and have strong grip. We also cook dishes with a lot of turmeric that is prone to staining, but the utensils come out clean which is great!" —Mahima M.

    Get a set of 11 from Amazon for $26.99.

    31. A set of airtight containers to keep snacks safely in your room if your Oreos keep...disappearing. These'll make sure nothing goes bad *and* will protect your food from bugs.


    Promising review: "I love these. Previously I had glass jars with metal tops and I couldn’t ever keep them clean. These are so perfect. They stack in all kinds of ways and hold tons of ingredients. I have tea, rice, flour, sugar, pasta, bread crumbs, corn starch and more in mine. So handy to have all these right where I can grab them instead of having to dig through cabinets. Super durable and look great, too!" —Karen's Stuff

    Get a set of seven containers (plus 24 labels) from Amazon for $29.99.

    32. A package of ashwagandha powder for making Insta-worthy moon milk and easing into going to bed, instead of panicking every time it's lights-out (is David going to turn on the TV again?!?!). It can soothe stress, which is probably a big problem when living with loud people.

    Hannah Loewentheil / BuzzFeed

    Moon milk's main ingredients: warm milk, honey, spices, and ashwagandha. Let's say it together: "ahhhhhh".

    Promising review: "Taking this at night really helps. I mix it with a little warm water and down it. Normally I toss and turn for a while before finding sleep as my body feels active still. After taking this, I've noticed that my body's been more relaxed and I've been able to fall asleep more quickly with less fidgeting. There's something there!" —Martin Griffith

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    To learn more, check out "Moon Milk Is Supposed To Help You Sleep, But Does It Actually Work?"

    33. A TubShroom, because you KNOW your roommate is never going to snake the drain. You may both have hair, but only one of you is going to deal with it (and we know who). Now this'll do most of the work.

    Just put it in your drain and pop it out to clean every so often. It's made of silicone so you can easily wipe away all that gross hair and who knows what else before you lose your cool. And check out a BuzzFeeder's full review for all the info!

    Promising review: "I was so afraid to wash my hair because the thickness would stop up the tub. This TubShroom changed my hair washing routine forever. Great product!" —cassandra edwards

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in six colors).

    Just about every night with your roommate:


    The reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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