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Four Ways to Introduce Yourself to New Neighbors

Four Ways to Introduce Yourself to New Neighbors

Living alone in your own apartment is nice, but chances are that you’re never 100 percent alone. If you step out into the hallway, you might see your neighbors, and in many apartments, you’ll sometimes hear your neighbors moving around or listening to music in their apartments. It can feel slightly uncomfortable to know your neighbors are around without actually knowing them, and if you find yourself dealing with an unruly neighbor, you might have an easier time approaching the situation if you already know the person. Here are four ways to introduce yourself to new neighbors, whether it’s you or your neighbors who are new to your building.

1. A simple knock

You don’t necessarily have to get creative and step far outside the box to introduce yourself to new neighbors. A simple gesture of friendliness often does the trick. To that end, just head over to your neighbor’s apartment and give their door a gentle knock – a hard, fast knock might sound intimidating. Once your neighbor opens their door, just introduce yourself, then say you live in the apartment and just wanted to say hi.

If your neighbor is new to the building, they’ll likely appreciate that you’ve gone out of your way to say hi. If you’re new to the building, then you have an additional excuse for making an introduction: Apologize for any inconvenience that your move-in – movers constantly going up and down the stairs, your possessions lining the hallway as you get them from your moving vehicle to your building – has caused. Not only will this give you a natural conversation starter with which to introduce yourself to new neighbors, but it will show that you’re courteous and considerate.

2. A knock plus a gesture

It’s one thing to show up to your neighbor’s apartment just to say hi. It’s another to arrive with something they can remember you by. Purchase a tray of cupcakes, cookies, or other baked goods (or better yet, make them yourself) and give one to each of your neighbors. This way, nobody can accuse you of playing favorites as you delight everybody in equal measure. Keep in mind that baking a whole cake for each neighbor or one for just one neighbor can be seen as, respectively, an overstep or a slight.

3. Have a housewarming party

If you’re an outgoing person, you were likely already planning to have a housewarming party. Of course you’re going to invite your friends, but what about including your neighbors? Inviting your neighbors to your housewarming party allows you to get to know each other in a low-key, fun environment with drinks, snacks, and other bonuses you might not have with just a simple door knock. And it’s a way to introduce yourself to new neighbors without adding another activity to your daily list of tasks.

4. Find common interests

Although it’s noble to want to introduce yourself to new neighbors, you’re not guaranteed to click with every one of them. You also might be worried that knocking on everybody’s door will feel mentally exhausting. A middle ground is to see if you can find common interests with your neighbors. If you have a dog and you notice your neighbor does too, mention that. If you realize you’re shopping at the same boutique grocery store miles away, talk about how the distance is worth the products. If you bike everywhere and someone else in your building does too, chat about that. With common interests, you don’t need a party or baked goods to forge meaningful relationships – being genuine is key.

How do you go about introducing yourself to new neighbors? Share your experiences in the comments!

Published at Wed, 26 Feb 2020 14:26:12 +0000

Curtains, Blinds, or Shades: Which Is Right for You?

When it comes to covering your windows, your options might seem limitless, if not confusing and a bit overwhelming. Why would you opt for blinds when curtains seem so much easier to install? Is it worthwhile to install shades if you’re worried that curtains will far too far below the window frame? Below, learn about the differences among curtains, blinds, and shades to see which is right for you.


Curtains are pairs of fabric panels (it’s rare to see individual curtains sold instead of pairs) that come in all manner of colors, sizes, materials, and patterns. They may come with metal rings, pockets, or hooks that enable you to connect them to curtain rods for hanging. The metal ring option can be especially easy to install – if you find a tension rod wide enough for your windows and narrow enough to fit through your curtain rings while stably holding the curtain, setup should take just a few minutes and no extra tools. 

Additionally, some curtains are known as drapes. Like curtains, drapes are usually sold in pairs and always hang from a rod. However, drapes are lined with additional fabric that often gives them additional light-blocking capabilities. And whereas only some curtains touch your floors, drapes almost certainly “puddle” at floor level. Generally, drapes appear more formal and luxurious than curtains, which can often be simple, basic sheets of fabric that accommodate rod hanging.

Given their ease of setup and versatility of appearance, curtains might be best for you if you’re looking for a quick way to cover your window while matching your apartment’s aesthetic. However, curtains tend not to block all incoming light (though blackout curtains can help to address this problem), so if you’re really looking to keep your room dark for uninterrupted sleep, you might want to consider shades, too.


When you purchase curtains or drapes to cover your window, you buy fabrics that extend past your window. Shades, however, stay within your window frame. And the name shades gives away a major feature of these window coverings: They’re designed to block as much sunlight as possible.

Shades, like curtains, hang from a rod, though they tend to come with their own thin rod for hanging (whereas, with curtains, you’ll likely need to buy the rod and, if applicable, rod holders separately). You’ll need to use a cord, roller, or another cable-like mechanism to raise the shades and let light in. They can be slightly difficult to hang, so they might be best used in conjunction with curtains rather than standalone if you’re trying to block as much light as possible.


Blinds resemble shades in one way: You can raise or lower them using a cord-like mechanism. Where they differ is in their composition. Shades are single sheets of fabric, whereas blinds are distinct rows of solid material stacked together. Since there are gaps between these solid rows, you can rotate the rows to allow more or less light to enter your apartment. This light-filtering function allows you to change your apartment’s lighting levels without sacrificing the decorative qualities that your blinds bring to the room.

That said, blinds can actively detract from your apartment’s decorative setup if you’re not careful. Although blinds have become popular due to their affordability, they can easily be damaged and discolored, thereby becoming a blight on your apartment. If you’re serious about making sure that your window treatments add to your apartment’s decor scheme, opt for woven or wood blinds – or just go for shades (which are somewhat more expensive, but require similar hanging processes to blinds).

Which do you think is right for you: curtains, blinds, or shades? Share your opinion in the comments!

Published at Mon, 24 Feb 2020 14:24:55 +0000