Fall is here and the weather is starting to turn a bit cooler in most places now. It also means focusing on your neighbors and neighborhood because September 28th is National Good Neighbor Day. I have good neighbors and I hope they consider me to be a good neighbor too. Do you have a good neighbor? Are you a good neighbor to them? There are many ways to be a better neighbor, and you can start today!
How to be a Better Neighbor Tips
Talk to your neighbors: Do you know their names? Do you know anything at all about them, other than the type of car they drive and that their teenage son likes to crank his music up loud? It seems these days, many can live right beside someone and not know anything about them! Start by talking to your neighbors to be a better neighbor yourself.
Find where you are needed: If you have an elderly neighbor that has trouble doing their yard work, do it for them and expect nothing in return. If you see your neighbor’s dog loose, don’t call animal control. Catch the pooch and return him home! It is the little things that matter, and those are what people will remember the most.
Organize a neighborhood meet and greet: If you don’t know how, check out these tips and make it a great event the whole neighborhood will enjoy. It may be easier than you think!
Coordinate a neighborhood group: Do you have moms on your block that like to exercise? Organize a neighborhood walking group! Ask the guys if they want to join in a poker or fantasy football league. In other words, unite your neighbors with common interests.
Do something nice, just because: If you are baking a batch of delicious cookies, why not bring some next door? It won’t hurt you to give a few away, and it could make a huge difference in your relationship with your neighbor.
Check in: If Beth next door just had a baby, check in with her. She may need the company, or a break. Let her know you are close by and willing to help.
Have a regular party: Backyard BBQs are not out of style. Why not hold one once a month with the whole neighborhood? Make it a potluck and ask everyone to be involved in the fun and planning. It will get you all out and will allow you to have some fun as you reconnect with one another.