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3 Ways to Befriend Your Neighbors

Whether you’ve just moved or have lived in the same place for a long time, it can be difficult to meet your neighbors and make new family friends.

Most families want to know their neighbors better and just don’t know where to start. It’s especially difficult because many of us haven’t been using our social skills during the last two years!

To make it easier, I’ve compiled some ideas to help you meet your neighbors and make better connections in your community. Friendship takes time, but these are some simple strategies to get you started.

Share Your Hobbies

Starting a club based on your favorite hobbies is a sure way to meet some neighbors who have similar interests! These clubs also give you a great starting point for conversation, as you can discuss your shared hobby if the conversation lulls.

Of course, I’m partial to knitting or crocheting clubs, but book clubs are also a solid choice. Pass some flyers out to your neighbors or ask if you can post flyers in some small businesses.

You can look into having meetings at your local coffee shop or library if you’re not comfortable hosting in your home. The venue doesn’t matter as much as the company!

Host a Block Party

This tip can sound intimidating, but it doesn’t need to take a lot of time or effort to plan your block party. Once you propose the idea to your neighbors, you can split the responsibilities of planning for food and activities.

Some popular block party ideas include barbecues, bonfires, and mini-game tournaments. For easy planning, download these free printables for easy game ideas and printable badges for participants!

Volunteer Your Time

There’s no better way to meet your community and form connections than to volunteer your time to local organizations. From serving at soup kitchens to offering free tutoring, there are so many ways that you can make a difference in your community.

Organizing a neighborhood clean-up benefits your entire community and helps you meet your immediate neighbors. All you need is some gloves and garbage bags and your neighborhood will be looking great in no time!

These are just some suggestions that help strengthen your community ties and meet your neighbors. The first step is always the most intimidating, but it will pay off as you build new friendships with your neighbors.

Everyone benefits from stronger communities, so don’t be afraid to take that first step and reach out to your neighbors!