It’s easy to forget that the word apartment is based on the word apart, especially when it can seem like so much of daily apartment living is shared rather than separated! But who’s to say these occasional overlapping in the lives of multi-family dwellers can’t be purely positive experiences?
Here are a few tips and ideas for increasing the camaraderie involved in apartment living , while at the same time maintaining and even boosting the residents’ all-important privacy
1. Use your intuition.
Pride yourself on being able to tell when might be a good time—or a not-so-good time—to engage your neighbor in conversation. Is it time to pick up the kids, or time to get to work? If your neighbor is laden with bags of recycling, or is walking hurriedly toward the car, chances are he or she will be distracted and not be able to fully enjoy that funny story you’ve been wanting to share.
Intuition can be a great tool in determining when your neighbor might want to chat—or when, rather, he or she might instead need to scat!
2. Share some greenery.
If there is a common area in your apartment building that isn’t being fully utilized, you might want to invest in a large plant to brighten up the room. If there’s a neighbor you’re especially close to, the two of you might decide to share the expense, and you could also check to see whether management might want to pitch in.
A beautiful plant would be a popular topic of conversation among those gardeners in the building, and even the folks without a green thumb will still find it pretty! Pick an appropriate variety for the room’s light-level, and don’t forget to water, but not over-water, the new resident!
3. Start a “free table.”
Of course you’d want to check with management first, but many apartment buildings that offer a common room or area have had great success setting up a free table. Residents can contribute any clean item in good, working condition for other residents to take if needed—and of course the takers contribute something of their own to the table, in turn.
With a free table, you and your neighbors can get rid of quality surplus items, help one another, and establish a wonderful sense of bonding and camaraderie!
For more information about apartment living, please don’t hesitate to contact us at Housing Helpers 303.545.6000