What To Know About Shared Space Etiquette

These tips on shared space etiquette will ensure a positive living experience

When living in an apartment, condo, or townhouse, it’s not uncommon to share spaces with your neighbors – including laundry rooms, backyards, courtyards, and gyms – just to name a few! As a city dweller, I’ve picked up a few tips along the way on shared space etiquette which ensures a positive living experience — and happy neighbors!

Communicate, communicate, communicate!

Happy young people at the party in the backyard talking and smiling. One young man playing guitar. They are enjoy spending time together.

This is the key to any good relationship as far as I’m concerned, but it’s especially important to practice good communication skills when you & your neighbors live in close quarters. Planning on inviting friends over for a backyard party? Instead of surprising your neighbors with a crowds and loud music, see if your building has a sign-up sheet to reserve your spot. If you live in a smaller complex, send an email out letting everyone know your plans. It’s also helpful to include your cell phone number so they can text you if the party gets too loud or becomes disruptive. Tip: you’ll get bonus points if you’re nice enough to extend an invite!

Don’t be “that guy” or girl

Messy room after party next day and woman cleaning

What do I mean by that? Clean up after yourself & your guests! Nothing is worse than heading out to enjoy a shared space and finding a mess. By doing your part to keep things clean and organized, you’ll maintain the quality of that shared space. You’ll also be setting the standard for your neighbors so that everyone will understand and appreciate what is expected.

If you’re currently living in a situation with shared spaces, what are some of your best tips? Share them in the comments with us below! And, if you’re looking for some fun ways to enjoy your outdoor space while the summer’s still here, check out some of our top backyard party ideas!

Christian is the Manager of Social Media for Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate. This role also includes media buys for TV, digital, search and social. Originally from Miami, Christian moved from Atlanta to NJ in 2015. In his spare time he enjoys traveling, swimming (weather permitting) and binging on TV's latest hits.

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