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The Song Of Your Household:
Turning Down The Volume For Busy Homes

How to reduce noise pollution in home

What would the song of your household sound like?

Would it be a pop song? Happy and upbeat, full of melodic tunes that delight the ears and put a smile on people’s faces. A home beset by the occasional chaos, but otherwise chirping along nicely quite to everyone’s liking.

Or would it be more of a classical piece? Your house is generally quiet - albeit it with the occasional crash of noise, before retreating back into itself. It hums along gently in the background, tugging the heart strings, stirring the emotions.

Or would it be heavy metal? Crashing, smashing noises. Screeching. The sound of a family going about their business; tuneful in its own way, but perhaps not quite what you would prefer?

Listening to the music with headphones
When you have a household with children the things get noisier around home,
so you have to find ways to reduce noise pollution in your home. (Pexels.com)

Households with children

If it’s the latter, then you probably fall into the category of most households that have kids. There’s no doubt the moment your children are born, every aspect of life becomes just plain noisier. From the crying of babyhood, to the sibling arguments of the young years, through the music-blaring teenagers - if you value silence, then parenthood is going to have a fresh challenge for you every day.

If you’re on first name terms with your earplugs and are wondering if there’s anything you can do to lower the noise, then be thankful: there is. Soon you will be humming along, perhaps moving your household from heavy metal into rock, with a few quiet moments before the intro kicks into the baseline.

Make It Harder To Make Noise

Kids have a habit of slamming things. They slam doors, drawers, anything that they can. It might not even be in anger; it’s just they haven’t quite mastered the art of keeping the din to a minimum.

It therefore makes sense to try and combat this problem head on. Use door stops to ensure every door will close quietly, while soft close drawer runners could make all the difference to the music of the house. It’s always worth talking to your children and asking them to be more careful, but they are likely to forget, so don’t rely on this as your only safeguard!

Get soft close drawers
Evene simple things like noisy drawers opening and closing can add to your household noise pollution, especially with children around. (Pexels.com)

Headphones For Everyone!

It’s rare that a family will like the same kind of music, thus it makes sense to keep this to a solo activity. Invest in a good set of headphones or ear buds for everyone in the family, and flat out insist that they be used.

Have a rule that the only thing in the house that doesn’t need earphones connected to it is the main television in the family room. Everything else - from YouTube videos on laptops through to teenagers watching TV in their bedroom - needs to be done with privacy. This might be a little inconvenient, but if you need more peace and quiet, it’s the best way to go about it.

Switch Things Off When Not In Use

The gentle hum of an electrical item on standby rather than switched off may be inoffensive in and of itself, but add multiple items together, and it can soon create a background noise that will get on your nerves. Have a simple rule: if it’s not in use, turn it off, and have your household singing in harmony once more.

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