When I first moved into my new apartment, I wrote about how I love the place, but I wish the cars in the parking lot near my window didn’t cause so much noise, keeping me up at night. But over the past few months, I’ve gotten used to the late-night honking, and I’ve managed to close my window even tighter to drown out most of the sounds.
But what it doesn’t drown out is the light.
On the fourth floor, my window lines up almost perfectly with two very bright lamps on the top floor of the parking garage. It didn’t begin to bother me until recently, but I’ve had trouble sleeping with all the light pouring in through my tightly closed blinds.
I casually mentioned this issue to my mom, who got right to work on the solution (apparently when I can’t sleep at night, she can’t sleep at night!). Her idea — room-darkening shades. As my mom, my dad, and I measured my window, my dad had a different, more temporary solution — thick foamcore.
We headed over to Michael’s (the craft store…not related to my brother, as far as we know) to see what they had. We found a piece of foamcore that seemed to perfectly fit my window for only $11. Much cheaper than room-darkening shades.
The foamcore is huge; my dad’s car is not. So we had a fun time transporting the poster board to my apartment.
The verdict: Success! Sunday night was one of the darkest nights I’ve had in the apartment. I will most likely eventually invest in room-darkening shades or curtains of some sort, but for now, the $11 solution of a poster board between my window and my shades works for me.