Dealing With Curious Neighbors On Moving Day
In every neighborhood there are always those nosy and overly-curious neighbors who you may have simply learnt to tolerate. Here are some tips on how to deal with them on the day of your move:
Limit chit-chat time with them
Since you are time-constrained and need to make your move as quickly as possible, try to make the conversations as short as possible. You can politely end the conversation and ask them to allow you to get going.
Some curious neighbors may just be looking for a juicy topic to talk about. You may therefore have to be very frugal with the information you provide them with. It could be information about why you are moving, where you are moving to, why you are not making the move together with your current housemate and so on.
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You may choose to avoid any interaction with your curious neighbors on moving day by sticking to your house until all items have been moved out then dashing out quickly into your car. You can as well have a trusted friend supervise the movement of your household items. This ensures that you will not have any interaction with the curious neighbors or have to answer needless and endless questions.
Shut them down
Some neighbors can be simply too inquisitive and seeking a lot of information from you. Some will even try to get you to talk about your private life or personal issues. It can either be your old neighbors from where you’re moving out or your new ones from where you’re moving to. More often than not, you may need to speak up and tell them the hard truth. Tell them you are not comfortable with their prying and would simply want to make your move in peace. This may be a good way to make them respect your personal space and know where you stand. Put your foot down and set boundaries.
This may be a good solution, especially if the neighbor has been known for their curious nature. You may respond to them in rudely brief sentences so as to get them out of your way. For instance, someone can come up to you and say, ‘Hey! What’s going on here?’ to which you may respond, ‘Moving, as you can see.’ With this, they may see that you are not willing to entertain them and they may get back to minding their own business- hopefully!
It sure would be a peaceful world if we all minded our own business but we ought to accept that people are different. You are bound to have some neighbors interested in your every move. Just be calm and handle your own activities without any worries about on-lookers and small talkers. Focus on your move and worry less about the moving lips! You’re already making big leaps in life and new experiences await you as soon as you get settled.