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Housemate making food and noise late at night

  • 10-08-2021 12:17pm
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    I posted not too long ago about my housemate behaving erratically. That has calmed down a lot and I believe it was due to stress. So all has been well and she’s been totally normal, so to speak.

    However, she is still up late at night making food. I asked her if she could maybe not cook at 3am as we have a small apartment and it wakes me. She confided that she has “a bit” of an eating disorder, and she sometimes binges. But she won’t cook late at night anymore.

    But she still is, and it drives me absolutely mad.

    It’s her apartment too though and I’m taking her binging into consideration, so am I out of line expecting her not to be up making food and washing dishes (along with banging doors) at 2 and 3am?

    It just doesn’t feel very fair when I’ve to be up at 7am and I’m becoming really annoyed about it.

    Thank you.



  • Registered Users Posts: 9,977 ✭✭✭Caranica

    Remind us, are you joint tenants? I have a vague memory that she's a licensee of yours?

    If so, tell her that midnight to 8am are quiet hours and she needs to respect that or move out.

  • Registered Users Posts: 24,448 ✭✭✭✭Strumms


    An eating disorder isnt a hall pass when it comes to making other peoples lives a misery.... an eating disorder doesnt give anyone the right to be up making a racket and depriving others of sleep.... you can actually cook without making a racket...

    She could even prepare food and keep it in the fridge... just requiring microwaving when she wants / needs.

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,724 ✭✭✭Padre_Pio

    Regular hours are 7am to 11am. Fair enough if you make noise outside that, if you have legit reasons, like having to work early, the odd time having friends over etc, but there is ZERO reason to be cooking at 3am.

    Have a bowl of cornflakes.

  • Registered Users Posts: 7,240 ✭✭✭YellowLead

    Why are you taking her binging into consideration???

    I think you need to tell her that if she can’t stick to being relatively quiet after 12 or 1pm then she needs to move out.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 5,010 ✭✭✭Rubberchikken

    Maybe this person needs to be in their own space.

    Food issues are difficult enough without them impacting on others.

    Tbh I think you've been fair enough with her. She is an adult. She knows she has issues. It's up to her to do something about them.

    Good luck

  • Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 6,160 Mod ✭✭✭✭HildaOgdenx

    Exactly. This housemate is far more trouble than they are worth. She has been asked not to cook in the early hours, but does it anyway? The first time it happened after she had agreed not to do it, was the time to address it. Honestly, she needs to go.

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,896 ✭✭✭Jequ0n

    It doesn’t matter what’s wrong with her,OP. What’s relevant is that she keeps ignoring agreements because she has realised that she can get away with it.

    I have a habit of doing the same when someone is too “weak” to challenge it, and I can guarantee she will keep doing it while you are letting it happen.

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,709 ✭✭✭cloudatlas

    Of course making any noise when others are trying to sleep is unacceptable. It could be stress but I don't think it is only stress. This girl needs to get help and speak someone. You clearly can't cope as you keep posting about this so maybe it's time to ease your mind and tell her it's not working out.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,443 ✭✭✭fun loving criminal

    What does making food mean exactly?

    Is she making toast? Or using the microwave to heat milk?

    You can't expect someone not to eat if they're awake at night. She shouldn't have made excuses that she likes to binge eat.

    Cereal and toast is fine but I think anything else I think is too much, especially since the smell of cooking can travel through the house but you don't seem to talk about the smell but you're more concerned about the noise. Tell her to be quiter.

  • Registered Users Posts: 939 ✭✭✭bitofabind

    "Hey Susan, I've tried to be considerate of your issues so far, but as it's now impacting on my own ability to sleep and my stress levels, it's clear that this living arrangement isn't going to work out. I'm giving you a month's notice now and a new tenant will be moving on on X September."

  • Registered Users Posts: 777 ✭✭✭machaseh

    If she is not doing night shift or anything like that she should not be cooking past midnight.

    What is her work schedule like?

  • Registered Users Posts: 7,240 ✭✭✭YellowLead

    I think OP mentioned her banging pots and pans.

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,190 ✭✭✭Tork

    I've re-read your previous post, which I'd forgotten the finer details of. With that in mind, I think this 3am cooking is perfect leverage to tell her to leave. You're making excuses for her and minimising her odd behaviour. I bet you'd sooner walk across burning coals than confront her about her cooking. But seriously, you are not her mammy. You're not responsible for her. You don't have to live with her. Do you actually want to live with her?

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,443 ✭✭✭fun loving criminal

    They said banging doors. Not pots and pans.

    I don't think anyone is purposely banging doors, they are unaware how loud they are in the kitchen.

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,190 ✭✭✭Tork

    When you read the original post again, this flatmate sounds like more trouble than she's worth. I can understand why the OP doesn't want to ask her to leave because it's a difficult and upsetting conversation to have. But what's the alternative? I'm sure she is paying a lot of money to rent this apartment and she probably isn't able to fully relax there any more. Leaving aside the cooking issue, how can she be sure this flatmate won't get another bout of "stress" and do something else erratic.

  • Posts: 0 [Deleted User]

    Hi everyone, OP here.

    So what I didn’t mention in my OP because I didn’t see the relevance is that this girl is a friend of a friend. She’s not exactly a stranger, which makes it awkward. I have asked her twice now not to cook at night and the last time I was pretty firm and she apologised.

    Tonight, I woke up to noises from the kitchen, again. Went out and she was cooking pasta and had the washing machine on. I lost my cool a bit and told her I’m sick of this and I’ve asked her twice now to be respectful but she continues to wake me. She kept saying I know, and looked pretty shocked, but I was worked up and said “honestly I’ve no clue why the washing machine is on at 1am or why you are up making food again after saying you wouldn’t but I’ve had enough.”

    So the next logical step is to ask her to leave, but honestly, apart from this she’s a brilliant housemate and there’s this issue of having a mutual friend. Part of me is also worried I’m out of line dictating when she can or can’t cook. But I’m fed up of being woken when I’m up early in the morning and right now it’s 1:45am and I’m wide awake again.

  • Registered Users Posts: 613 ✭✭✭Jeju

    Sit her down in ASAP and tell her the house share us not working out as you expected and give her notice, the shortest time possible. On the last day of the notice have someone ready to change the lock.

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  • Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 6,797 Mod ✭✭✭✭Hannibal_Smith

    You're not the one creating the awkward situation. Twice she's been asked not to cook at night and she continues. Cooking pasta at 1am is completely inconsiderate. You've been more than accommodating to a person who isn't reciprocating it. She's walked herself into this.

  • Registered Users Posts: 7,240 ✭✭✭YellowLead

    OP your friend who recommended her, or passed her info, is going to understand. It’s not like you have no good reason such as you don’t like the sound of her voice etc - she’s a completely inconsiderate disruptive pain in the ass. And because she is a friend of a friend you’ve given her loads of chances. But this is it. Sleep is too important and for some reason this weirdo constantly defies your (and any normal person’s) wishes. Think of how nice it will be when she is gone!

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,190 ✭✭✭Tork

    OP, unless your friend house-shared with this woman, he/she won't know what she's like as a flatmate. (If they did and recommended her, there are bigger questions to be asked...). What you've described isn't acceptable in a grown-up flatshare. People might put up with this sort of crap when they're students but you're now both older and working. I bet your friend wouldn't be happy if a flatmate was behaving like her. It isn't as if you haven't told her previously that you didn't want noise or cooking going on in the early hours. She acknowledged that to you, yet your message didn't get through. Either she doesn't respect you or she's just one of those people who'll always be a nuisance. You also don't sound like somebody whose personality is suited to being assertive. You only confronted her last night because you were pissed off.

    After that exchange earlier, the nature of this flatshare has been changed irreparably anyway. If you take our advice and tell her to find somewhere else to live, it won't come as any surprise to her that you want her to leave. I would also worry about this previous "erratic" behaviour she displayed - the problems you've tried to brush off. There is no guarantee the circumstances leading to this behaviour won't arise again and she does something more serious than wandering into your room or going to the toilet with the door open. I'm thinking of things like putting something on to cook on the hob, forgetting about it and leaving the house or not plugging out the iron or hair straightener before she goes out. She's far more trouble than she's worth.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 691 ✭✭✭jmlad2020

    Is this the absolute Psycho who went into your room when you were sleeping? The drug taking housemate you mentioned a few posts ago? Get out of this psychotic houseshare. This is not normal behaviour. Avoid these types like the plague.

    Get out, someone like that cannot help themselves and are probably medicated up

  • Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 6,160 Mod ✭✭✭✭HildaOgdenx

    There's nothing unreasonable about asking someone not to be cooking at all hours, especially in a small apartment, knowing that the other person has an early start in the morning. And even more so when they have been asked repeatedly not to do it. So, not only does she continue to do it, she decides to throw on the washing machine as well, in case she is not making enough noise. 🙄

    The mutual friend is irrelevant really. It shouldn't even be part of the equation. If they want her to go live with them, well then, that's the only time they become part of the overall picture.

    I'm puzzled by the fact that she 'looked shocked'. You mentioned bizarre behaviour previously and suspected she might be taking drugs. Is this why she doesn't appear to take on board something as simple as having consideration for other people, when she has been asked previously to desist from her late night kitchen habits?

    You are only living together since July, if memory serves me correctly. And you have had more than one thread about her, but yet say she is 'a brilliant housemate'. I guess the threads maybe are just for venting, I don't know.

    But as others have said, and I agree, this is your opportunity to get rid of her, for once and for all.

  • Registered Users Posts: 7 clothes hanger

    I had a eating disorder in college and even though I didn't go to the extremes she did. Both empatise with ye both. She is obviously in a very bad plàce right not as are you. Have you tried talking about it to her? I don't think anyone wants to have an eating disorder when they grow up. It may be a result of certain circumstances. If you feel you cannot help her maybe it might be a good idea to have a serious conversation with her and reconsider your living arrangements if she doesn't listen. Your wellbeing is very important.

  • Registered Users Posts: 24,448 ✭✭✭✭Strumms

    Cooking is one thing, that’s bad but a washing machine going after midnight ? .... the cooking she might not have the awareness at a stretch but a washing machine? sorry she’s a grade A cûnt.. get rid and fast, with everything going on in the world, the stress and hardship we’ve all be through and for this craic then to be put on a person ?

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,272 ✭✭✭qwerty13

    I used to use the washing machine late at night when I shared with others! Granted none of us were early to bed people, and we all did it, but I honestly didn’t think anything of it at the time. It was only when I moved, and my kitchen backed on to next door’s kitchen, and I could (only vaguely) hear their machine early in the morning, that I realised it wasn’t good for me to be using mine late at night. That, and a machine that’s very noisy when it’s finishing its cycle. So she might not be really fully aware of it (even though I know you’ve said stuff to her). I’m wondering how she’d feel if you had the machine going at 7am :).

  • Registered Users, Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 7,181 Mod ✭✭✭✭yerwanthere123

    OP this is a no brainer, ask her to leave immediately. Most would've asked her to leave when they found her wandering around their room in the middle of the night, but now she's waking you up with behaviour that she'd been repeatedly asked to stop. You've been more than accommodating, you've been more than fair and you're not being a bitch by asking her to leave. Sounds like she's got personal stuff going on as you've alluded to, but that's really not your problem, harsh as that may sound. Who knows, maybe this might give her the kick up the backside to get her **** together.

    I've had to have tough conversations with housemates I've lived with over the years so I do know how you feel, but this situation is already at breaking point and she's only been living with you for weeks. You need to give her her notice and ask her to leave. Yes it won't be pleasant, but you'll be relieved when it's done and she's gone. There's plenty of people out there who know how to behave responsibly in a house share.

    Get rid!

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  • Administrators Posts: 13,407 Admin ✭✭✭✭✭Big Bag of Chips

    Your mutual friend doesn't have to live with her. Likewise she doesn't get to say that you have to stay living with her.

    Your housemate agreement is between you two. If your mutual friend is that fond of her she can take her in, or arrange her next house share. She is not your responsibility, regardless of who she is.