A woman, her husband, and their children lived together in a peaceful flat. However, this peace was disturbed one day when a crafty neighbor moved in below them. Here is what she had to say:
The couple’s new neighbor, a woman, purchased the three-bedroom flat below theirs, which raised eyebrows as she had no children. However, it soon became clear that she required the extra space for her home-based craft business.
The neighbor had decided to choose the main bedroom below the couple’s flat as her primary craft room. This subsequently led to the sound of crafting machines being audible from the couple’s flat.
Initially, this didn’t seem to be too major of a problem. “She’s in that room almost all day and I can hear her walking about and the faint noise of machines”, explained the woman. However, she also stated: “I don’t spend long in my bedroom during the day but when I do go in it just annoys me knowing she’s there constantly.”
Poor Craft Room Choice
As days passed, the incessant sound of the neighbor walking around and the faint hum of machines began to take its toll on the woman. The woman couldn’t help but wonder why the neighbor couldn’t set up her craft room in one of the other bedrooms.
The situation reached its peak when the woman discovered that her neighbor sometimes worked until 10pm, leaving her unable to sleep. She began going to bed at 9pm, lying awake for hours, listening to her neighbor’s every move.
A Difference in Perspective
The woman was growing increasingly frustrated, yet her husband had a different take on the situation. He claimed that he couldn’t hear much during the day and believed the neighbor had the right to use her space as she pleased.
Despite her husband’s tolerance, the woman had reached breaking point. “I finally had enough and went to her door”, the woman recounted. “I told her how I was feeling about everything and how I could hear the faint noise of her machines. She apologized and invited me inside to show me her setup.”
The Neighbor’s Defense
While showing the woman her setup, the neighbor demonstrated that her machines were placed on anti-vibration materials, and pointed out that minor noise overspill was a normal part of having neighbors.
However, the woman expressed her disagreement, pointing out to the neighbor that their household never made any noise. This came with an unexpected response: “My neighbor said she could hear my kids running around but she would never dream of complaining”, the woman explained.
The woman left the neighbor’s flat, assuming matters had been resolved. However, the next day, the husband had questions. He had attempted to have a friendly conversation with the neighbor, and her response had been cold. The woman explained what had happened, but her husband did not approve of the confrontation.
The woman explained her husband’s anger to her friends, but unfortunately, they too expressed the belief that she had handled it poorly and had been unreasonable. Despite thinking her actions were justifiable, she was left feeling conflicted.
The woman decided to post her story online to get some fresh opinions on her internal conflict. However, she soon found out that almost everyone agreed with her husband and friends. “Faint mechanical noise… wow play some music or get a white noise machine”, one reader snapped. “The fact you know what times she does things is creepy.”
Get a Hobby
Many readers accused the woman of being weirdly focused on her neighbor’s activities. “You have too much time on your hands if you’re constantly obsessing about her crafting”, another commenter wrote. “You need to go downstairs and apologize to her, then ask for tips on picking up a hobby. You definitely need one and she sounds like an expert.”
The same commenter also reminded the woman of her neighbor’s complaints about her children. “Your children probably make far more of a ruckus than her machines”, they pointed out. “Have you considered getting anti-vibration padding for them?”
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