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THIS is what I was responding to:

"...home owners are generally more mature and responsible than apartment dwellers… If you are gainfully employed enough to qualify for a mortgage, you probably aren't partying until 2 am on weeknights."

YES, this suggests that people with mortgages are mature and responsible... unlike renters, who aren't gainfully employed enough to have a mortgage, or else they'd have one.

That is utterly ridiculous. Your lifestyle choices are made according to your circumstances, which does not make them superior to mine, just different. Having a mortgage doesn't mean someone's more responsible, mature OR better employed. It means they rent from the bank as opposed to a landlord… and they also don't take tax deductions for their choice to do so, nor can they run to their landlords and get their housing payment restructured or forgiven because they can no longer afford it.

If you're not a renter, why come to the "Renters Solutions" section and start complaining about renters? Why even bother to mention that noisy neighbors come in all situations? NOWHERE did this column say the problem is limited to renters, any more than the need for budget redecorating or temporary fixes are limited to renters. This article was simply written with a slant to the unique challenges faced by renters in this situation (i.e. no recourse) because it's a section for renters. They're different circumstances to yours, so it doesn't apply to you. So what? Why does that offend you? Simply don't read the sections that don't apply to you, instead of complaining that they don't and demanding that they should.


The Neighbors are Noisy as S#*!: How to Cope When You Love Your Home But Hate Your Neighbors Renters Solutions
7/18/14 12:25 PM

I don't know where you live, billiesue14, but here in New York City, the paperwork and requirements for renting are the same as for a mortgage. And with the astronomical rents, landlords can afford to be choosier in who they rent to. And yes, believe it or not, we New Yorkers can be "gainfully employed" enough to afford the kind of rent that is probably way bigger than your mortgage. The average rent for a 1-bedroom apartment here is over $3,000 a month.

I once rented a small cottage surrounded by owners in both single- and multi-family townhouses. They made my life a nightmare with all the noise. They were outside night and day, barbecuing (nearly all year-round), having all-night pool parties, kids screaming, dogs barking, loud outdoor conversations… the most immature, irresponsible people imaginable. Every single one of them an owner.

It's an insulting assumption that people with mortgages are the rarefied hoi-polloi and renters are all unemployed trash. Because frankly, unless you bought your place outright with cash or have paid off the mortgage, you're ALSO a renter… you just have a different landlord. The bank. If someone can take it away from you, you don't "own" it.


The Neighbors are Noisy as S#*!: How to Cope When You Love Your Home But Hate Your Neighbors Renters Solutions
7/17/14 02:40 PM

I hate them too. Same reasons. I prefer the storage and counter space.


Rental Woes: Why I Hate Pedestal Sinks
7/10/14 12:05 PM

Hi "Ilikesleep." I feel your pain. I recommend these: http://www.sleepphones.com/ MUCH more comfortable than headphones, it's a fleece headband with built-in, flat speakers. You can plug it into an mp3 player, phone or computer. Also, this thing: http://lectrofan.com/sleep/ is AMAZING. You can get both on Amazon, and the sleep phones are often on Groupon for half price.


7 Tips for Keeping the Peace (and Quiet) With Noisy Neighbors
6/29/14 01:51 PM

Did you ever try this? I'm curious to see how it worked out if you did. You have done a great job making the most of a small space... and I'm surprised to hear there are two closets! I've lived in bigger apartments with only two closets, so that's quite impressive for such a small one. I think your apartment is adorable, and it looks charming and comfortable.


Faye's Tiny New York Bohemian Studio House Call
6/29/14 01:23 PM

My "bass" issue is not music, but my upstairs neighbor's loud speaking voice. It literally vibrates through my bedroom, and nothing drowns it out because it's PHYSICAL. I can run two white noise machines, a fan and the TV at the same time and I'll still FEEL him yapping. Plus, he must keep his cellphone on the floor, because it vibrates and I jump up, thinking it's mine.

It's bad enough trying to drown out his around-the-clock (he NEVER seems to sleep) walking, which means endless floor creaking sounds in the wee hours. This can usually be made bearable by the combination of the two white noise machines and the fan--although the resulting electric bill pisses me off. But the booming vibrations of his voice... I can't seem to find a solution to that one. :-(


Bass Traps: A Solution for Neighbor's Noise?
6/29/14 01:15 PM

I always eat breakfast at my desk. I keep a supply of oats, raisins and cinnamon in my cabinet, and it works out great. There's nothing "gross" or "sad" about it, and as I share an office with one co-worker (who, incidentally, goes the whole eggs/sausage/potatoes route every morning) who doesn't even notice it. We all have different circumstances and there's no "one size fits all" solution. No need to be so judgy.


10 Easy & Satisfying Desk Breakfasts to Start Your Day Breakfast Recipes from The Kitchn
6/25/14 01:05 PM

Oh, ENOUGH with using the word "fake" to describe anything that you yourself are not used to. Like calling veggie burgers "fake burgers." The words "milk" and "burger" do not refer to the source of the food, but the FORM it's served in. Just because "burger" means "beef" to YOU doesn't mean that's what is has to be. You can make a "burger" (or a "milk") out of just about anything. I don't drink cow's milk simply because I do not like it. Period. That doesn't mean that milks made out of things I DO like are "fake." They're merely different from your personal perception of what they "should" be made from. Cow's milk is not the only "real" milk just because it's what YOU'RE used to. And comments like "there's no reason for a healthy person not to drink real milk, I think it's delicious!" are beyond ignorant. You might as well say "there's no reason for anyone to eat, drink, think, feel, wear, watch, listen to, say or do anything different from my personal preferences, because I'm right!!" Such silliness. There's a whole world of likes and dislikes out there that go well beyond your cocoon. And guess what? They're ALL "real."


Why I Stopped Drinking Almond Milk & Went Back to Regular Milk Instead
6/25/14 12:47 PM

I'm guessing the stove is to the left of the fridge, and that door in the kitchen either leads to the bathroom or is the apartment's only closet. It looks like the entrance to the apartment is next to the kitchen (looks like there are locks and a peephole on it, and the notice on it could mean that yes, this is a former SRO) but I'm not quite sure what that black thing is... perhaps a bag hanging on a hook? I'd probably cover the second sink to create a small counter space.


Faye's Tiny New York Bohemian Studio House Call
5/4/14 12:35 PM

Don't forget the dreaded saw-toothed grain beetles!!! I looked in the cupboard and noticed movement in a plastic vacuum-sealed container (lock & lock) that was full of barley. I opened it and sure enough... CRAWLING with them. I mean, absolutely HUNDREDS of the things. I had to check every container, jar, box and bag because my cupboards are stocked with grains, beans, rice, pasta etc. They also made it into a bag of wheat berries (I put that into the freezer and killed them). I'm thinking there were bug eggs in the bag of barley I bought, and LUCKILY I emptied it into a lock & lock and contained the outbreak, or I would have been totally infested. Because of the vacuum seal, they couldn't escape.


Top 5 Most Pervasive Household Pests and How to Stop Them Apartment Therapy's Home Remedies
4/18/14 09:30 PM

What is with the antlers in nearly every piece? When did this become a trend?


DIY Project Idea: Create a Queen-Size Headboard for $45
4/18/14 09:22 PM

LOVE the color.


Before & After: A Seriously Stylish Kitchen Renovation on a Budget One Kings Lane
4/18/14 09:19 PM

What cracked me up the most is that I got to work the morning this appeared in The Onion, and I had JUST DONE THIS less than an hour earlier, to avoid my hated upstairs neighbor. I heard him clomp to the front door and slam it shut, and heard his keys just as I was about to leave. So I waited, and watched from the peephole as he slowwwwly made his way down the stairs and out the front door. Then I left, and walked on the other side of the street to avoid him as we both headed to the subway station. I wanted no part of running into him... I probably would have killed him for keeping me up all night AGAIN.


Do You Avoid Your Neighbors?
4/18/14 09:13 PM

Two years ago I moved into an apartment with a balcony. I was so excited... bought a grill, cute little table and chairs, the usual stuff. Had visions of enjoying my morning coffee outside, reading the paper--you know the fantasy. Still haven't been out there more than a handful of times, as my small building looks out onto the backs of two huge buildings... one on each side of mine. People are always outside smoking/drinking/talking loudly/fighting, kids screaming, dogs barking, etc. Impossible to enjoy it at any time of the day and night.


Living Small in the City: Tips for Coping Without Outdoor Space
4/18/14 09:09 PM