Thursday, February 10, 2011

6 Apartment Etiquette Rules to Live By

Hey Apartment-Dwellers.....You feel me on any of these?

I know one of the biggest complaints about apartment living is the walls being "paper thin." But seriously, you are in an apartment complex after all....not a bomb shelter. With that being said though....

#1 - 10pm is not the appropriate time to decide to vacuum, hang pictures or have a spontaneous game of kickball in your apartment

#2 - When you are walking to the kitchen to get a snack, there is no need to pretend you are king kong and stomp your way there. I promise normal person footsteps will get you there just the same.

#3 - While I have somewhat of a sympathy towards slightly deaf people, if I can hear your television through my walls, we have a problem.

#4 - If you drive a hummer or any form of SUV, I'm fairly certain you shouldn't try to cram it into the spots clearly marked "compact" just so you can be near the elevator....and in turn take up two spots.

#5 - Don't be a creepy lurker. The best way to explain this is with a story. I used to run every day after work during the summer at my old place. One night I had a date with friends and was leaving just as my neighbor was coming home. He casually asks "So, no running tonight?" A normal question for a neighbor right? Wrong. This certain neighbor's apartment had zero windows facing the parking lot where I exited to and I never saw him on any of my runs. Like I said, don't be a creeper.....at least not an open one.

#6 - Clothing is not optional. Yes, I realize your apartment is your home but a shirtless run to the trash shoot or out to your car is not ok (unless you're Ryan Reynolds....and then all rules are off!)



Any crazy apartment stories? Do share! I love a juicy story!

20 comments:

Rissy said...

hahahahah I knew I was going to love this post before I even read it.

That guy sounds like a stalker... I'm not your mother but BE CAREFUL girl.

oh and one night I wake up and go "ugh why were Kelly's friends so freaking loud last night? it was like a parade passed through the living room." keep in mind I never actually saw these people because I was trying to sleep.... my roomie goes "oh she brought some deaf guys home from the bar." Insert stunned look on my face here.

Diana Mieczan said...

Hahha that is one great post! I have an older guy living in our building and he goes in his PJ's to pick up the mail each morning. (and by PJ's I mean no tshirt and very short shorts) hahah
Hugs and kisses, darling

Marian said...

If you are going to burn something (popcorn, meat, ANYTHING) open your windows so it doesn't smell up the whole floor

jayme said...

well said!! you should print this and hang it all around! a true bonding session for the neighbors! xoxo have a happy thursday girl!

Jillian said...

hahah o man.. i had a bad roomie sophomore year of college (she was a transfer student and was placed with my best friend and i). she was kinda crazy, she put chickpeas on everything she ate (and i mean everything...), she used to eat canned oysters in our room which smelled like death, she never put sheets on her mattress (a dirty dorm mattress!) and she liked to sing mariah carey very loudly (and off key) in the shower while she used my besties bath products. we were happy to see her transfer again before the end of the year. ugh. just really makes you appreciate those good roomies. xoxo jcd

Sam {fitnessfoodandfaith.blogspot.com} said...

hahaha! this is great! watch out for the scaries!! we're in a house now and i must say, i don't miss apartment life at all :)

Beth said...

you crack me up!

i need to give this to the apartment next door, specifically the person who shares a bedroom wall with me.

for the past 4 years i've been in the same apt...there have been numerous tenants next door. i've heard sex noises (gah-ross), girl drama boo-hooing and the entire phone conversation she had with the drama maker i presume. but most recently, the neighbors have two young kids. one who likes to scream and cry around 9pm. sometimes this happens around 11pm when i'm trying to get some ZZZZZZZ.

Nuha said...

aghhh I can't wait to move to a HOUSE!! I have to admit, my husband thinks he's King Kong walking in the apartment and it drives be bananas!!!
1.) I'm a wee bit afraid of dogs ( so is my husband) the neighbors directly across the hall have two HUGE dogs that are apparently afraid of people....let's just say it's a little chaotic when we open the door at the same time haha
2.)Fat lady that used to sit on the stairs in the summer. Hi, this is not the ghetto..go sit inside your apartment. Oh, and could you please move over when I'm trying to go up the stairs? Thanks!
3.) Creepy awkward guys who sit in their cars at midnight.

I guess I'll stop now. (I'm going to go pray to God to let us buy a house now)

Suze said...

Hahaha girl this post made me laugh.

I can definately say i've shared your pain and canlaugh and have stories to share in regards to apartments and how people can disrespectful and creepy too!

THE ALTERNATIVE WIFE said...

Hahaha so very true! I've lived in an apartment for 20 years now and I can totally relate to every single one! :)

megan said...

Sophomore year, my roommates and I lived in a real sketch apartment complex in West Cola..by the chicken factory. Yeah, you know the chicken factory. Don't ask me why we chose to live there.

Anyway, one night after a football game my roommate had a headache and wanted to go home. Being the good friend that I am, I went home with her. She went to bed so I was hanging up clothes that were thrown all over my bed and changing into my pj's. I went to go cut off my light and I saw a shadow move from my window (we lived on the first floor). I freaked out, went to wake my roommate up and we went and looked out our front window. Saw a guy walking from the side of our building towards the parking lot! Called the cops and they told us thank you for reporting it b/c there was a "panty sniffer" in the area. WTF?!? We made our guy friend spend the night with us for a straight week.

Ashley said...

The apartment building that I live in has 4 on each floor. I've lived here for a few years now, but within the first 6 months, a male neighbor asked me on a date. I was not interested AT ALL! He still lives here, too, so it's always a little awkward when we are coming up the stairs at the same time. I cannot wait to graduate to homeowner!

Kristen said...

oh my, there used to be domestic disputes in the apartment above mine before we moved into our house. like screaming, yelling, throwing things kinda fights. seriously contemplated calling the police a couple times. not.good! your little list cracks me up. oh the joys of apartment dwelling!

Megan said...

Okay, that guy sounds really creepy. Yikes!

ilene @ muchloveilly said...

hahaha - too funny! and yes, only if its ryan reynolds!!

Katelyn said...

I love this post! We are currently living in an apartment & the walls hear are paper thin like you mentioned. Unfortunately for us, it sounds like a 100 pound dog lives above.. I swear the neighbors above us play fetch with that dang dog EVERY night from 5 to 10. I'll be so glad to move into our new rental home :) & your stalker neighbor sounds pretty creepy haha.

Relevant Notes Blog said...

hahaha i love these. My roommate always wants to vacuum early in the morning but i tell her people will hate us.

Last year the people above me would do exercises in their room. This may not seem like a big deal, but a LOT of jumping was involved, and our ceiling fans would shake terribly. I was afraid they were going to come down. And it was often late at night!

{av} said...

ohmyheavens. WHERE DO I BEGIN!?

I knew our neighbors' names because they screamed them at one another {in both passion and in anger}. IT WAS AWFUL. Let's just say they spent a lot of time making up ;)

This post made me smile.

Hope you like the Friday's Fancies post...and I think you'll like the idea for next week ;) check 'er out! xoxo {av}

Michaela said...

HILARIOUS. Agreed to all of them! I did hang a picture at about midnight one time though hehe (: Oops. I'm who you hate! Last year, the people above me would do aerobics from 1-2am each freaking day. Because obviously it's the optimum time to work out. Duh.
It sounded like a heard of elephants.

Caroline Henley said...

I have never lived in an apartment... and this is exactly why! I am sure I will have to at some point though and these things scare me! haha