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Common Courtesy Tips for National Courtesy Month

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September is National Courtesy Month. What better place to celebrate than an apartment community? Willington Lakes is a great place to live. The welcoming, comfortable environment is just one reason of many. Read today’s blog for ideas on how everyone in the community can contribute to it being an outstanding one here in Orangeburg, SC.

Mind your manners.

This applies to every aspect of life, whether you’re in an apartment community or not — and it even applies to each of the following tips we’re sharing. But it deserves a highlight because it’s so universal. Minding your manners means thinking of others’ comfort and doing what you can to help that. Think of others’ needs and wishes and be willing to make accommodations to help everyone feel respected and happy. This means keeping the noise in your apartment down and even being friendly to those you interact with, even in passing. Politeness does a lot to foster healthy communication and peaceful living.

Be polite when using common areas.

At Willington Lakes, our community amenities are there for everyone to use, and your use of them can have a long-lasting effect on how others use it. Be careful and polite when you’re using these amenities. Clean up after yourself, avoid damage, talk to management if an accident occurs, and be willing to share space.

Be mindful of animals.

Willington Lakes is a pet-friendly community, so if you have pets, clean up after them and teach them how to behave well around other pets and people. On the flip side, teach children pet safety. They may love to greet animals, but it’s virtually impossible to know the temperament of an animal simply by looking at them. Communicate with anyone you’re interacting with and be aware that sometimes it’s best to keep your distance.

Clean up after yourself.

Your messes in your apartment may not immediately affect anyone else, but think of how they might go out of hand and inconvenience others. For example, leaving bad smells in your home may waft into the rest of the building. Living in a messy environment may make it easier for you to leave messes in common areas, or it may even mean you forget about picking up anything left in hallways. Remember that cleanliness makes living easier for you and everyone.

What are your best tips for being courteous to others? Share them with the rest of our community in the comments. Happy National Courtesy Month!