When you should turn the music down
A conversation with my favorite tiara maker manthamac got me thinking on the most polite times to turn the music down that you have been blaring all day.
The first thing you have to look at is your environment. If you live in apartment (flat), a townhouse (row house), or a duplex you have to be especially careful to not annoy your neighbors. If you live in a single family home, you can be a little more carefree with your music’s volume. Even single family homes may have problems though if they are crammed together so close that one house is only feet away from another.
Now, you should get to know your neighbors just a little bit. If there are babies and young children living around you, you have to be more considerate of their need for sleep. Also, do you know what shifts your neighbors work? The nurse or firefighter that lives next door may work the night shift. Do you really want to keep them awake with your loud music when they have to work that night?
So, here are recommended times to turn down your music. Turn down your music at 21:00 on Sundays through Thursdays and 22:00 on Fridays and Saturdays. If there are very young children living next door, turn your music down at 20:00 every day. Also, try to keep the music down while those who work night shifts sleep.
Turning up one song after those times should not be too much of a problem unless you have paper thin walls between units in your building. Trust me, I have seen some of the more newly constructed apartment buildings. Their walls, ceilings, and floors are so thin that you can almost hear the people upstairs tiptoeing across the floor. When I lived in an apartment, I got the joy of listening to my neighbor’s daughter practicing her tenor saxophone.
I live in a house now, so I can basically turn the volume up whenever I want in my office while I am on the computer. However, I have to turn the volume down in the living room while my hubby sleeps.
Just try to be polite when it comes to the volume of your music, and you will get the occasional pass when that song comes on which you can not help but to turn up to 11.