We don’t leave our garbage bins out in the middle of the road for days at a time. We wave when we see someone we recognize and sometimes even when we don’t know them. On the flip side, we’ve all had those neighbors that make us consider packing up and moving away, or the ones that force us to call the police in the middle of the night.

September 28th is Good Neighbor Day. If you’re not sure whether you’re a good neighbor or not, take a look at this list to find out how you CAN be a good neighbor all year long. And if you have one of those neighbors - you know who I mean - maybe print this out and slip it in their mailbox.

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  • Don’t block your neighbor’s driveway, no matter how full your own is.
  • If you know you lose everything you touch, don’t ask to borrow their tools. 
  • When asking to borrow a cup of sugar, bring your own cup - don’t take the bag with you. We all know you won’t return it.
  • Never mow your lawn before the sun is up on a Saturday morning. If you do, bring over hot coffee as a peace offering.
  • Try not to let your dog pee on the neighbor’s car, Amazon delivery, or their favorite lawnchair.  And for that matter, pick up the “gifts” your dog leaves in your neighbor’s yard as well.
  • Use your own garden hose to water your plants instead of your neighbor’s hose unless you’re also planning on paying the water bill for them, too.
  • Turn down the game, the action movie, or your iPod once the sun goes down. As good as you think that movie is, your neighbors don’t want to listen to it while you watch it. 
  • Say “Hi!” when you see them instead of looking away to avoid all eye contact.
  • Learn their name which comes in handy if you need to borrow a shovel. No one wants to be called “hey you” when they’re being asked for help.
  • See the balloons that say, “It’s a girl!” or “It’s a boy!”? Become their hero for life and bring over a few sub sandwiches from Publix, a little fried chicken, or a big box of diapers. 
  • Say yes when they ask you to watch their house while they’re out of town for the week. Picking up their mail and paper is a bonus.
  • If you’re going to have a loud party at your house, at least invite your neighbor over. It’ll be harder for your neighbor to be annoyed at all the noise if they’re in your background playing beer pong with you.

Know a few people who could use these reminders in your neighborhood? We all do.