How to Trash Your Neighbor and Bring some Good Mojo to the Hood

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Neighborhoods. Most people live in one, and they are a very interesting microcosm of the universe complete with extremely fluid dynamics. Over the years, we have lived in a number of neighborhoods, somewhere around a dozen or so. Our experience has shown that just when you are starting to get to know your neighbors, which usually takes a number of years mind you, they move and you have to start all over again with the new kids on the block. No, I’m not talking about the boy band from your childhood, I’m talking about the new neighbors who move in to your hood, unannounced I might add. Well, we have a solution for you. In fact, the method we are going to share with you is tried and tested, and we have used this sneak attack to send good mojo to our neighbors from day one.

How to Trash Your Neighbor and Bring some Good Mojo to the Hood:

  1. Take your neighbor’s trash can to the pick up location. In most neighborhoods, especially in suburban areas, the trash can storage location and the pickup location are two different spots. Your new neighbor probably understands this, but there is still a catch… when is pick up day? Most weeks you can barely remember to put your trash out, how do you expect your brand new neighbor to know when this ritual takes place? Your new neighbor is most likely still swimming in boxes and ordering take out, help them out a bit and get those pizza boxes and Chinese won ton cartons to the curb.
  2. Put your neighbor’s trash can away for them. I’m not sure this needs to much explanation, but just in case you aren’t picking up what I’m laying down, here we go. Do you remember when you pulled your neighbor’s trash can to the curb? Do you remember where it was located? You should take it back to that location. Why? Because the more trash cans that are left in the street, the more of them come into contact with the bumper on your car while you are backing up, drinking a cup of coffee, and yelling at your kids to stop fighting in the back seat.
  3. Circle the neighborhood and pick up trash. Often as my family is sidewalk surfing we come across trash that is blowing around, cluttered in the gutter, or stuck on a bush. Pick it up and find the nearest can. It is good for your family to do a little neighborhood service project and it helps keep your neighborhood looking snazzy. Some standard supplies include:
    Kirkland Signature Drawstring Kitchen Trash Bags – 13 Gallon – 200 Count
    Liberty Glove – Duraskin – T2010W Nitrile Industrial Glove, Powder Free, Disposable, 4 mil Thickness, Large, Blue (Box of 100)
    Ettore 49036 Grip’n Grab Reach Tool, 32-Inch
  4. Call to schedule a street pickup. Most waste management companies will allow you to schedule a street trash pickup one to two times a year. This is the only time it is socially acceptable to pile up a bunch of your junk in the street. I see that some in my town are a bit confused on this social standard, but nonetheless, scheduling this type of pick up is a total win for the hood. Once you have the date and time of the pickup, invite your neighbors to pile their junk on as well. The truth is they are probably going to do it anyway because everyone has more trash, junk, and random stuff stored away than will ever fit in the weekly can pickup. Getting out in front of them with an invitation brings a solid vibe to the street. It is important to be on the same level with your neighbors regarding trash removal standards. Otherwise, you will end up like “Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout” by Shel Silverstein.
  5. Order a trash bin. For around $80 you can get a trash bin placed in front of your home for one week. This is like hitting the trash lottery and your neighbors will literally fall in love with you. Every couple years we order one up to help remove random clutter in the house and garage, and we invite our neighbors to use the trash bin as well. In fact, one year, we had so much fun de-cluttering the homestead, that we filled it up completely ourselves. So, in an act of good will, we ordered the trash bin for a second week and invited our neighbors to “pitch in” (trash, not money). Want to become the neighborhood favorite? Order up a trash bin and see what happens!

Mark 12:30-31 (NIV) 30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”

Bonus ideas:

  1. Do you want to investigate more ideas on how to step up your neighbor game? Check out The Art of Neighboring: Building Genuine Relationships Right Outside Your Door.
  2. Are there kids in the hood? Order up a coloring book and invite the little hoodlums over for some creative artistic time centered around the truth of God’s Word.

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