The answer is simple.
Throw a garage sale.
No seriously, that’s all you have to do.
Keep in mind that throwing a garage sale means: having enough stuff, advertising it, putting up signs, standing in your front yard for like 9 hours and then having a plan for what to do with the stuff that DOESN’T sell. OR you find someone else with enough stuff, let them do all the pre-work and clean-up work and you just provide the yard. Which is the path I took.
And stuff there was!
I’d never experienced the joy of haggling with all of the really random strangers that come to the front yard. It was great.
But truly – the best part was meeting my lovely and adorable neighbors. They were all SO nice. Wanted to know my story (which I LOVE) and generally cared about making sure I enjoyed my time on the street. And now, every time I leave the house, I can say hello to them when they are out and about in their front yards. Which is the BEST. FEELING. EVER.
And one of them invited me over for wine on her front porch.
Which, is just about the most wonderful thing in the whole wide world. SOMEONE WANTS TO BE MY FRIEND!
And after the garage sale, I had only about enough energy to shower, throw on leggings and a t-shirt, drive to get a slushie (always an instant pick me up) on the way to the boys house and then nap. Because just standing in your front yard talking to strangers and moving things around – is EXHAUSTING.
So to those of you that do this whole garage sale mess on the regular – hats off to you.
And to those of you that are alone-ish in a new city and want to feel like you have protective people surrounding you. Get out there. Meet your neighbors. Throw a garage sale! Or, go the traditional route and bake them something.
You know, whatever works!