(Closed) The smells of apartment living…..

posted 6 years ago in Home
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

Wow…you definitely live in an interesting set of apartments. I’ve lived in 3 uni apartments and 2 “normal” ones and I never smell anything except clean clothes, since the laundry room is downstairs. Maybe my nose doesn’t work right. Darling Husband always tells me he smells dinner all the way outside when he comes home while I’m cooking so there must be some…

I did hear my neighbors a lot, especially in college when they roomed me in the building that had mostly music majors. The guys upstairs had a band so I heard a lot fo late night drumming and electric guitars (ugh!) and the girl next door to me liked to sing Lady Gaga songs R&B style and she had a lot of loud sex

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I love my apartment, but hate it at the same time. Sometimes its greasy smelling like fried food or chinese. Sometimes indian with a nice curry smell, which is my favorite. But the other day I was a strong garbage smell in the stairway….very nasty!!

My biggest thing is people need to respect the lobby, stairwell and hallways. People have gotten into this habit in my building of leaving old clothes and house stuff in the lobby for people to take, its kinda gross.

Post # 5
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

@happyface:  This made me giggle.  Before moving in with Darling Husband, I owned a condo that shared a common stair well with 3 others. Across the hall was a middle eastern couple, down the stairs was a woman from jamaica, and the other condo had 3 single guys in it. I also cooked every day and tend to make lots of varrying culture of foods. Everyone when they came over would always say how good the hallway smelled, but at times when we were all cooking it smelled like vomit. Plus those 3 single guys burned every thing they made so there was always a hint of burnt toast at all times. 

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Our old downstairs neighbor smoked like a chimney, day and night. As non-smokers, it would really bother us.  Usually the smell only came into our apartment through the bathroom, so we would keep the door closed and contain it. Then during the summer, he would smoke on his balcony all day, so we couldn’t leave the windows open at all. Luckily, we have new neighbors who don’t make any smells!  It’s the worst part of apartment living, especially because it is something you have no control over. 

Post # 7
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

Our hall always smells like food or cleaning stuff. Once in a great while it smells like scented candles. 

I live on the basement level aka (first floor) so EVERYONE is always burning candles  because all of our places smell like basements. It’s not even under ground >=( lol.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@happyface:  Mothballs. I have no idea why or where it’s coming from, but maybe once a week we get this wafting of mothballs. Kinda gross. There’s an Indian couple who live below us, and so we also often get curry, and that’s nice. Sometimes generic Italian-type food from our next-door neighbors. But don’t get me started on the NOISES associated with apartment living….yikes.

Post # 9
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

I spent many years living in an apartment before buying my first house. The first apartment building in which I lived had trash receptacles inside the building (instead of in the parking lot.)  One day, I smelled an odor that could only be described as the smell of rotting flesh. I was really hoping it was from some bad, raw meat that someone had thrown away. It was so horrible that I began to worry that perhaps it was the smell of a human body decomposing! After a few days, it was finally gone.  I’m just very thankful that, while it was present, I could not smell it inside my apartment but only in the lobby area and staircase. 

Post # 10
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

Ugh the hallways here always stink.  I’m sensitive to smoke, and it’s a smoking building.  I don’t know what most of the smells are though.  What the heck are people doing?

Luckily, in my actual unit I only get smoke in from the windows and there was a month where I think the people below us smoked pot.  The air in the bathroom also tends to blow instead of suck, and I’ve gotten the odd sniff of bleach or air freshner, but nothing too offensive.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee

Besides dinner, dont really smell much but its a fairly new apartment building.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Seriously?  Do we live in the same building?!  I have smelled all of those things on any given day.  The hallway reeked of weed yesterday. 

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

The only things we ever smelled in our last apartment was laundry and curry.  Our current apartment we don’t smell much of anything.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee

we dont live in an apartment but we live in older houses and they are really close to eachother… we always smell the neighbor’s cooking ( smells really really good) my Darling Husband always is like wow whats for dinner lol she laughs

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

@happyface:  We must have lived in the same apt complex. How I dealt, I do not know.

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Yikes. I’m glad that we don’t live anywhere with enclosed hallways. I remember a few places we considered living, and we both decided we couldn’t take the constant curry/cooking food smell that seemed permanent. With our living arrangements now, we only get occasional whiffs when our windows are open, and the Indian guys below us have their windows open, and they just happen to be cooking. At which point I generally text Fiance and say, “Hey, let’s go out for Indian tonight!” because nom nom nom.

We also smell dryer sheets and stuff, since everyone’s vents point out onto the breezeway. I love it though — it smells like home.

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