Neighborhood pride is something that often falls by the wayside. Everyone is so busy that it is difficult enough for us to work on taking pride in paying attention-to-detail to our own home, let alone the neighborhood. Let’s face it, none of your neighbors don’t want to live in a clean neighborhood. It’s more pleasant visually, a better place for children and keeps property values high. However, most people are so busy that neighborhood cleanliness often goes on the backburner. Here are three ways that you can help lead the charge on keeping your neighborhood clean.
Lead by Example
The very best way you can help keep your neighborhood clean is to lead by setting an example. This doesn’t mean you need to go out and be the neighborhood dictator of cleanliness, citing your neighbors for small occurrences. It simply means that if you showcase your dedication and passion for keeping your neighborhood clean, it will encourage others to follow your example. Being loud and proud of keeping your neighborhood clean will encourage others to do the same. Make sure your recycling cans are out. Stop your car to pick up litter when you see it. Sweep the road in front of your own home.
Meet with a Few Movers and Shakers before Setting up an Informal Meeting
Raising awareness about a push to keep the neighborhood clean can be difficult if there’s no momentum. The best way to keep your neighborhood clean is to casually meet with a few people you already know are movers and shakers in the neighborhood first. Once you have their support you can discuss setting up some type of informal meeting to talk about how to make your neighborhood cleaner and greener. Keeping it informal is key. You also want to make sure your focus is on the community as a whole and you don’t end up digressing into individual neighbor-relations issues.
Request Shared Community Utilities
Believe it or not, there are many ways you can get access to free utilities and items that will help you keep your neighborhood clean. Many times when people litter it is a result of three things: laziness, lack of caring and being unable to find a trash can. While you can’t change the first two, you can make trash cans easier to find by calling your local garbage disposal and requesting them. You can also work with your community and petition to set up things like dog refuse stations, have road brooms run on the street and community mulching of common garden areas.
Keeping your neighborhood clean will make it look much nicer, but also help the environment. Contribute by participating in green practices and serve your community.
- Emma Sturgis, the author, is a freelance writer from Boston, MA.