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new neighbor list

My husband and I live in a tiny apartment in a fairly good-sized building.

All told, there are about twenty different apartments squeezed into what was once a palatial single-family residence (or so the story goes). We have a very cheery landlord who we very rarely see and a quiet, but friendly superintendent who does superintendent-kinds-of-things, like puzzling over ceiling leaks and bringing the recycling to the curb. What we don’t have, is a welcome committee.

Sure, when we first moved in the landlord nodded toward the trash and recycling bins and mumbled something about a reminder to move our cars on Wednesday for street cleaning, but there was no glossy packet of information about our new building (not to mention the glaring absence of baked goods) to welcome us. I’m not arguing that a glossy welcome committee-style packet would have been necessary (or even wanted), but some of the information that I imagine would come inside that sort of thing could have been terribly useful.

When you live in a rented apartment, you often have to figure things out on your own: trash day, recycling day, the days of the week when you have to move your car for street cleaning. Sometimes, it can involve some serious detective work.

I think one of the nicest things to offer a new neighbor is a little list with just this sort of information. It doesn’t have to be anything glossy or elaborate. Trust me, it’ll be the thought that counts for this one. I made an example with a little bit of recycled cardstock with some washi tape to add a pop of color and a tiny magnet to make it refrigerator-ready.  Most importantly, I included my own contact information. I’m embarrassed to admit that it took us months to learn the names of our closest neighbors. Getting a little card with their names and contact information would have been lovely indeed. The additional tips? Total bonus.

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