Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Neighborhood Rules

This adorable watercolor of us in front of our house was painted by Brittany at Golden Locks and Lollipops!
New neighbors moved in  recently, and I was so excited to get to know the new kids on the block. Like any good neighbor, I made a big batch of cookies and we marched next door to deliver the goods. Although it was lovely to meet them, I have to say that these new neighbors do NOT have great neighbor etiquette.Their bad habits have caused me to think carefully about good neighbor behavior, and here's what I've come up with:

  • Greet neighbors when you see them. A smile or a quick "hello" is the simplest way to show that your neighbors matter to you.
  • Be respectful of space. Our bad neighbors continue to park their car directly in front of our yard (despite having their own driveway, curb space, and garage), allowing their kids to trample our new landscaping on a daily basis. It's not great and we have a lot of plants to replace...
  • Be respectful of privacy. Don't assume that because a door is open you should just waltz in unannounced.
  • Lend a helping hand. Did your neighbor's trash bin get knocked over? Pick it up! If you're helpful, odds are that your neighbors will return the favor and help you when you need it. 
  • Have an occasional chat. I am convinced that the better you get to know someone, the less likely they are to step on your toes or take advantage of a situation. Be friendly, talk to your neighbors, and become friends! 
  • Don't take advantage of special talents. Do you live near a doctor, a landscape designer, or someone with a unique job? Being neighbors does not guarantee you free consultations. Try being friends first!
  • Say thank you. When your neighbor does something nice (ex. delivering your newspaper to your front door while they're out walking the dog), it's polite to acknowledge the gesture and say thank you. 

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