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Be the Friendly Neighbour

Blog by Rebecca Permack | June 12th, 2013

Remember the good old days (pause to daydream...), when you could run next door to your neighbour’s house and borrow a cup of sugar?  Or that essential egg you realized don’t have right in the middle of baking?  These days, we all seem to be so busy that we don’t even have time to say a simple “hello” to our neighbours and introduce ourselves.

To create a sense of community that we all moved here for in the first place, it’s important to get out there and meet your neighbours.  There’s a comfort in knowing who is living next door to you, and of course, meeting new people often requires us to step out of our comfort zone. We’ve put together a few simple tips to help you meet your neighbours:

Tip #1 - Spend some time in your front yard: 

Most of our homes are designed so that we drive into our garages and go straight into our homes without ever having to step foot outside. Whether or not your planting some flowers, watering your garden or having a cup of coffee on your front porch, it’s a great opportunity to say hello to your neigbours who may be doing the same thing.

Tip #2 - Go for a walk:

Not only is it healthy for you, but it is a great opportunity to run into some neighbours who might just happen to be outside playing with their kids or walking their dog.

Tip #3 - Have a yard sale:

Most of us, this time of year, declutter our homes and get rid of unwanted toys, clothing & nick-nacks. Why not ask your neighbours if they would like to join you in a community yard sale.

Tip #4 - Arrange a playdate:

It goes without saying that it’s easier to meet people in your neighbourhood when you have children. When you’re at the playground, why not meet some of the parents and arrange a playdate?

Tip #5 - Bake some cookies (our personal favourite!)

Who doesn’t love a plate of freshly baked cookies showing up at their door? An oldie, but a goodie, let’s bring back this old fashioned tradition!

So, get out there and meet your neighbours! You’ll be glad you did.