Rabu, 05 September 2012

The Secret to Getting Along With Your Neighbors

If you live in an apartment building like I do, you of course have to put up with neighbors that are in close quarters to you. After all, if you live in an apartment, your neighbors are kind of like roommates you see every now and then without having to share a bathroom with them. There are ways of happily coexisting with them that don't take a lot of effort. I like to be friendly with my neighbors but not all up in their business and I don't want them in mine. These are just a few simple guidelines to follow.

You should first start off by introducing yourself early on. If you are just moving in, it's a good idea to introduce yourself to your neighbors as you see or run into them. If you already live there and they are just moving in you should say hi but let them get settled in first. It's usually a good idea to do some casual observing as to how close you want to get to your neighbors. Feel them out per se to see if you would want them in your life. It's usually easy to make friend's with your neighbors but can be awkward to "unfriend" a neighbor because you have to see them frequently.

If you're not the social type and your new neighbor is asking you to walk their giraffe, then you might want to pull back on the relationship. If you don't mind helping people and having them in your day-to-day routine, then by all means take them up on it. It's basically about respect for each other's privacy. No one likes a Mrs. Kravitz living near them telling the landlord all your comings and goings. However, a neighbor like that can be good. One place I lived we had a nosey woman that lived across the street. We were at work one day and a truck had pulled up to our house. The men inside broke into our house and apparently thought they were at an Estate Sale and started emptying our house. Well our nosey neighbor knew that looked suspicious and called the police and the two men were apprehended right there and then. Thank you Doris!

No one wants to hear loud music or television at midnight so you must have respect for your neighbors and keep the noise level down later at night. Hopefully your neighbors will do the same. If not I've found just going over and knocking on the door and asking politely to turn down the volume usually works. A lot of the time other people don't realize how loud the sound is. When ever I am having a party I always invite all the surrounding neighbors. Not only is this a neighborly thing to do, but now they are aware that I am having friends over on such and such date and they are welcome to come as well or if not, they can make other plans to be away so the noise won't bother them.

Basically, it's all about putting yourself in your neighbor's shoes and act the way you would want them to act. Be mindful of keeping your area clean and presentable. Keep the noise level down. Respect each other's privacy and boundaries. If you follow these few easy rules, you should be able to live in peace and harmony in your neighborhood.

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