More than 10 Reasons why Cohousers are Lucky

I must be feeling guilty for putting my hate list, so here is the other side. Either way, I do feel like cohousers should appreciate the gift they have – they live in cohousing. I see so many groups trying to get off the ground and people interested but for money or work or whatever reason can’t live in cohousing yet.  Those who move in should take that gift and cherish it. Not let it get destroyed by certain people, behaviors, or unhealthy group dynamics.

  1. The houses are beautiful
  2. The space is built for social interaction
  3. Some communities have porches where you can sit and talk to neighbors
  4. Kitchens are built to look out so you can see your neighbors (everything is social interaction)
  5. On lovely weather days, many neighbors are out socializing
  6. Many social events
  7. You don’t have to cook dinner 2-5 times a week
  8. You made it – you built it after years of hard work and patience
  9. You could afford it (whether as an owner or renter- many people can never afford to move in)
  10. You get to learn new and old things about yourself
  11. You get to see what values you really cherish
  12. You have the opportunity to grow and change. 
  13. You have the opportunity to challenge yourself to adapt to the community (for example, I am super messy but I tried to clean up my porch since it bothered my neighbor across the pedway. I was trying to be cleaner to make it better for everyone. And she was nice enough to come help me).
  14. There are others available to help you become a better person.
  15. You can learn other ways to do things
  16. You learn to let a lot go. You won’t be offended by everything.
  17. You learn to talk directly to people if you are upset.  
  18. You can use these self reflection and social skills in all the other areas of your life.
  19. You can talk to adults if you are raising young children.
  20. You can play with children if you don’t have any or they grew up.
  21. You always can get a ride to the mechanic, hospital, doctor, etc
  22. You can easily borrow sugar or even a car
  23. You don’t have to do lawn care if you don’t want
  24. If you don’t have a green thumb, many others do so the gardens are amazing
  25. You can help eat the summer garden bounty
  26. You learn to cook for large groups
  27. Others can help you learn how to take care of a house
  28. You are part of a large mobile where everything you do affects others (I was trying to have a fountain out of a baby pool but it spilled and ran over to the neighbors but he offered to help build me a real fountain)
  29. Neighbors will tell you if you left a light on in your car

I see now that not all of that is just for cohousing, it could be with other close together apartments or condos but cohousers did choose to know their neighbors. So feel grateful if you get to be this close knit place!  Make it a home.

About CJ

I was a Spanish teacher for 5 years in the Public School system in 3 different states. I homeschooled and taught at a democratic free school. I heard about cohousing in 2010 and wanted to move in right away. I met a group building one in 2018 and got to move in the summer of 2019. It only took a year to want out.
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