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    26 Things You Need If You Live With Loud People

    Hear that? It's SILENCE.

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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 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 $44.02+ (available in four colors and in two styles).

    3. 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 $29.99.

    4. A self-adhesive seal strip to cheaply soundproof your room without any hefty investments. This'll prevent your brother's 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 $6.97 (available in four colors).

    5. 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 $32.95+ (available in six sizes and 14 colors).

    6. A set of stick-on bumper pads for muffling e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g, 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.

    7. 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 $14.99+ (available in five scents).

    8. 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 $15.87+ and the bakeware organizer (right) for $19.99.

    9. 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 sister 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 $29.99+ (available in eight colors).

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

    10. A cushioned door jammer for putting on your front and bathroom doors, meaning you won't need to keep asking OVER and OVER again to keep slamming to a minimum. Now they have no choice 😈.


    This is also great for toddler safety!

    Promising review: "I ordered this product twice, because I loved it so much. I put the door silencer on every door upstairs. My daughter is 2 1/2 years old and slams doors just for fun. It’s so loud and very annoying. With the door silencer, the doors don’t make that loud noise but it also protects the door from being damaged." —Heidi Andersen

    Get a set of three from Amazon for $12.99 (available in 12 colors and patterns).

    11. 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 $17.74+ (available in three colors).

    12. A brushed copper desk fan that'll act as a DIY noise-reducer when you turn it on before bed. It's subtle enough to fade into the background, but makes *just* enough sound to help you forget about your roommate. Plus! Its chic design will only improve your decor, instead of sticking out.


    My roommates start their days before me and I used to always hear the microwave opening and closing, which would wake me up. Now that I use a fan next to my bed, I can actually stay asleep!

    Promising review: "Living in sunny Florida, my office gets warm in the afternoon when the sun bakes our side of the building. The solution? A compact, but attractive fan! The fan comes nicely packaged, and looks as nice in person as it does in the photos shown on the product page. This thing really moves air. I sit about three feet from where the fan is positioned on my desk. The lowest setting is more than strong enough. The high setting will blow papers on my desk." —RBrylawski

    Get it from Amazon for $29.85+ (available in two sizes and two finishes).

    13. A lavender-scented pillow mist so you can 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 sibling 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 six scents).

    14. 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 $9.99 (available in four colors).

    15. Or! An even simpler soundproof door guard, because once you slap this bb down it'll muffle everyone's shenanigans IMMEDIATELY. Ah, finally. Sweet relief.

    It comes with hook tape to really secure it to the door! Plus, you can hang it up when you're not using it. Did I mention it's machine-washable?

    Promising review: "The creator of this item really put a lot of nice thought and touches into this. It looks good and works perfectly. It stays perfectly in place on my bedroom door and does a great job blocking noise and light from the hallway on the other side. I would definitely buy another one!" —Adventure Photographer

    Get it from Amazon for $18.95+ (available in six sizes and eight colors).

    16. A vintage-y area rug that'll act as a buffer between your roomie's stomping feet (especially at midnight) and the hardwood floor. I'm sure your downstairs neighbors will also thank you.


    It's also stain-resistant and doesn't shed!

    Promising review: "I'm super impressed with the quality of this rug for the price. I got a 13' runner for my hallway because my dog likes to run down it and it's so loud. So far it's held up really well against his nails. I love the color and it's super soft. It's exactly what I hoped I would get." —Hannah

    Get it from Amazon for $19.15+ (available in 16 sizes and 12 colors).

    17. An app called Rain Rain so you can focus on the lull of soothing thunderstorms and finally discover what it's like to be well-rested. It has over ~100~ options, like soft leaves in the wind, rain on the tent, or crackling fire to help you tune out everything but your pillow and heavy eyelids.

    Rain Rain

    It has a fade-out timer and a bedtime reminder, because unlike your roommate, it values your sleep.

    Promising review: "Do you want to toss and turn for sometime trying to get to sleep or would you like to lay with a soothing sound of so many choices to play so that you can easily go into a deep sleep? You will be amazed when you awake how effortlessly you dozed off and did not even realize what had taken place compared to the bed kicking, moving around, and trying everything to shut your mind off as you did in the past." —MTKCLAN

    Get it from the Apple Store for free or get a similar app on Google Play, also free.

    18. An essential oil diffuser for putting an end to your partner's snoring if that's the kind of loud noises that keeps you up every darn night. Its gentle steam can relax their throat muscles and regulate their breathing, while some lavender essential oil will soothe YOU.


    Or! They can try nasal strips ($9.48 on Amazon) with a calming lavender scent that'll relieve them from congestion and help them breathe better allll night.

    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 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".

    19. 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 $219.99 (available in two colors).

    20. A magnetic whiteboard that'll allow you to 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 $19.99+ (available in three sizes).

    21. A weighted sleep mask so a) its subtle pressure helps you relax and enjoy a deeper snooze and b) you can STAY asleep, thanks to the fact it covers your ears.


    You can also freeze it to help with migraines! If you hate the feeling of elastic when trying sleep masks, this is for you. It's basically a weighted blanket for your face.

    Promising review: "I CANNOT STRESS HOW MUCH I LOVE THIS THING! I have terrible migraines, and the pressure that this puts on my head and eyes is so relaxing. I use it to sleep all the time, even when I don't have a migraine. I love the weighted feel of it and the fact that I can choose which of the two fabrics I want against my face. There is also a cool 'buttonhole' that you pull one end through to secure the mask around your head and it works so nicely. Light is blocked out, outside sound is reduced, and when I want to wear headphones, I feel like they're a little more secure." —Kathleen Clay

    Get it from Amazon for $32 (available in yellow).

    22. Or! A fleece headband with built-in headphones for replacing your sister's (blasting) show 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).

    23. An Echo Dot, because this'll fill your room with the news, music, audiobooks, or whatever else you'd rather hear than the private conversation your roommate is having at full volume. Its smart speaker is designed to boast a ~rich and full~ sound — meaning you no longer hear their mom.


    Plus! It can sync to your Spotify, Apple music, or whatever to play music at your *demand*. Ty, Alexa.

    Promising review: "I love my Echo's. I have one in each bedroom to control lights, play music, wake me up, report the weather or news, get notifications on Amazon orders, play games, create calendar events and reminders, set timers, you name it. These are wonderful little devices. There is a phone app that goes with it that allows you do do all sorts of neat things like set up routines that do multiple things at once. For example, when I say 'Alexa, good morning', she turns on the lights, plays the weather, and then turns on my favorite music!" —Jessica Davis

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99 (available in three colors).

    24. A set of silicone cooking tools that'll eliminate the constant banging and scratching your roomie somehow makes every time they make food. These value 🙌silence🙌.,

    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 $28.99 (available in two colors).

    25. A book titled How Not to Be a Dick so you can read up on the art of *friendly confrontations* when you need to politely remind your roommates NOT to SCREAM on the PHONE EVERY NIGHT!!!! But you'll say it a much more eloquent way after reading this.


    If you have a problem with confrontation, this'll offer straightforward advice on how to do so without feeling rude!

    Promising review: "This is all the things your mom and dad told you, that went in one ear and out the other, but stated is clear, simple, and definitely not preachy language. The lighthearted tone makes the subject matter really approachable, and I loved the common sense approach. For example, in the section about living with other people (roommates) under 'In the Bathroom' it very succinctly covers why you shouldn't pee in the shower — you don't want your shower to smell like urine." —JK

    Get it from Amazon for $14.40.

    26. 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?"

    You just trying to have a normal conversation with you roommate:


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

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