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7 Ways to Introduce Yourself to Your Neighbors

In a recent post, Getting to Know Your Neighbors, I promised you a follow-up post on how to get know your neighbors. Today I am keeping that promise. Below you will find 7 ways to introduce yourself to your neighbors.

Introduce Yourself

Whether you’ve lived in your neighborhood a few weeks or several years, there just might be people living near you that could add great value to your life. As empty-nesters, this is a prime time in our lives to expand our social circles and get involved with our community. Here are seven suggestions on how to get to know your neighbors.

  1. Find a book that has been published about your town and give it as a gift to a new neighbor. Here in Fairhope, we have a great history book that makes a great gift to locals and visitors. The Spirit of Fairhope can be purchased at Page and Palette, our local bookstore. Spirit of Fairhope
  2. The old fashioned, “take a cake” still works and will warm the hearts and tummies of your new friends. Homemade is always the best, but not always practical. The thought will still be appreciated if you pick something up from your local baker.Take a Cake
  3. If you live in a big neighborhood and have trouble keeping up with who is new, contact a local realtor and ask for a list of recent sales. There are lots of real estate websites that offer this information as well. Consider reaching out to someone once a month. At the end of the year, you’ll have 12 new friends.
  4. Property Owners Associations are a great contact for new residents. Contact any of the officers and ask for the social chair. You may find lots of different groups you may like to join, like book clubs, bridge clubs, bunko groups, garden clubs or wine tasting events. Wine Tasting
  5. Host a coffee in your home for the people who live on your street. coffee
  6. If you are looking for an exercise buddy, check with a local gym, athletic sales shop or a neighborhood newsletter for people who don’t like to workout alone.Working Out Together
  7. Volunteer. I’ve discovered lots of local charities that I had no idea existed through contact with my neighbors. In Baldwin County alone, there are over 200 non-profits working to better the lives within our community. There is nothing more rewarding than spending a few hours helping someone in need and the rewards are doubled when you volunteer with a friend.Prodisee Pantry

S.E.L.F. Volunteers working together at Prodisee Pantry

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, we live in an electronically social society and it is so easy to just reach out by email or on Facebook, but not near as rewarding at the end of the day. Go ahead. Introduce yourself to a neighbor. You’ll be so glad you did.

Kim @ CoziNest

Comments:

  • Judy Pimperl

    08/29/2015 at 10:36 am

    What a nice post, Kim. I especially love #3, where you pointed out that you’ll have twelve new friends at the end of the year…Just imagine that, and at the end of three years, thirty-six new friends…Wow. The coffee one is appealing to me, too…That one reminds me of something I did for our rural neighborhood a few years back. I had a dessert party. I told everyone to be sure to eat real food before they came (it was late evening), so I didn’t have guests sick from an overload of sugar! Everyone enjoyed it and I overheard several people talking about what a good idea it was–a simple and easy way to connect with the neighbors.

  • Leslie Anne @ Fairhope Supply Co.

    08/26/2015 at 9:11 pm

    Or you could put a flaming bag of poo on their porch. Works every time!
    hahahaha!

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