Archive | October, 2012

Getting Settled In Your Saint Clair County IL Home

2 Oct

Congratulations!  You’ve survived the process of leaving one home and finding another and the onus of packing everything up and then unpacking the same boxes.  Your child is enrolled in a new school; you’ve found a new bank and a new doctor; you’ve investigated trash pick-up times, licensing requirements, and registering your car; and your mail is being forwarded to you on a regular basis.  So now what?

Now that things have calmed down, and you’re somewhat settled in your Saint Clair County IL home, you may feel a bit lonely in an unfamiliar place.  The following tips are designed to help you become acquainted with and feel a part of your new community—the first steps in recreating the sense of belonging you had in your previous location.

  • Go on-line to learn about your new area and what it has to offer.  Look at the city, chamber of commerce, or convention and visitors’ bureau websites and request maps and free visitors’ guides.  Research religious facilities, cultural opportunities, parks and outdoor activities, and so much more.
  • Acquire a regional map and drive around.  Explore shortcuts and pinpoint the location of shopping malls, medical facilities, the post office, libraries, city offices, etc.
  • Talk to neighbors.  Request advice about home maintenance companies, babysitters, doctors and ask about the civic league or HOA associated with your Saint Clair County IL home.
  • Take a walking tour of your neighborhood.  Introduce to and initiate conversations with residents who are outside.  Compliment their yard or ask for directions, for starters.
  • Attend garage/yard sales nearby.  Shoppers at these events are usually friendly and gregarious, so talk to them.
  • Read the local newspaper to discover places of interest and happenings in the area.  Look for clubs or group meetings that focus on your interests—art, gardening, sports, books, crafts, etc.
  • Seek out neighborhood coffee shops and restaurants and get acquainted with the “regulars.”
  • Join a service club such as the Lions or Kiwanis or get involved with a political group.
  • Join a recreation center or gym.  Attend classes there or work with a group who will share your interests.
  • Visit a library or bookstore to pick up books, maps, and visitors guides for your new town.
  • Volunteer.  Check with a local church or synagogue, a hospital, library, or school near your Saint Clair County IL home.  Volunteering is a terrific way to meet people and to make you feel an integral part of the community.
  • Give a housewarming party and invite all your neighbors.  Such an occasion is a good impetus to finish unpacking and finalizing the decorating of your Saint Clair County IL home.  It is also a wonderful way to make friends.

Before long you will become familiar with your new environment and be comfortable there.  Best of all, you’ll “belong” once again!

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