Do you know who your neighbors are?
Moving into an unfamiliar neighborhood can be daunting. It's important to know whom you live around in order to build a sense of security where people look out for each other. Here are some easy and fun ways to get to know your neighbors.
HEAD OUTDOORS! Just spend some time outside. Whether you are watching the kids, trimming bushes, washing the car or just enjoying the sunset, you are making yourself approachable. Take a walk around the block and get yourself out there...literally.
MAKE SOME MAGIC IN THE KITCHEN! Bake some cookies or brownies and take them to the neighbors. This allows you to introduce yourself and break the ice. I haven't met neighbor yet that doesn't appreciate some freshly baked treats. Not a baker? You can always pick something up from the local bakery.
INVITE A NEIGHBOR OVER FOR COFFEE! If you find that you keep seeing the same neighbor out and have clicked, invite them over for a cup of coffee or a glass of wine. You never know, you may end up building a life-long friendship with a neighbor.
HOST A PARTY! The Superbowl and World Series are great opportunities to have people over. You can ask that the neighbors bring a dish of their own and have a potluck. If you aren't into sports, you can have a cocktail or block party. This kind of gathering will allow you to have more in depth conversations and build relationships.
GET INVOLVED IN THE COMMUNITY! Volunteer at a local shelter, attend a community event or simply visit your neighborhood coffee shop. Just being out and about around town will help you link you and your neighbors when you run into each other.
These simple steps can help you build a tight-nit neighborhood and possibly some great friendships. HAVE FUN!!