Front Porch Dos and Don’ts

If you are lucky enough to be a non-apartment dweller, then you also might be lucky enough to have a front porch. Front porches are notoriously leisurely spots for homeowners to lounge and people watch or just enjoy a beautiful day. The trade off is that whatever you do on your front porch, the whole neighborhood can see, which is why it’s important to stick to proper etiquette when enjoying some porch time.

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Most importantly is keeping your porch tidy, neat, and maintaining it as a relaxing place. Make sure your porch doesn’t become a hotspot for all the random stuff you don’t know what to do with, like piles of magazine, or a broken bicycle you don’t ride anymore. Not only does this prevent your front porch from slipping into eyesore territory for neighbors, it ensures that you’ll be happy and relaxed every time you sit on it.

Of course, your whole neighborhood or any passersby can see your porch, clear as day. That means that if you’re on your front porch, they can see you, too. If it’s important to keep a clear, tidy front porch you’re proud of, it’s also important to look like someone who is proud of their front porch, meaning try not to dress like a swamp person who lives on their front porch.

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Wear clothes that are appropriate and not embarrassing that make it look like your porch is just an extension of your bedroom. A good rule of thumb: would you wear your current outfit to the grocery store? If no, then don’t wear it on your porch.

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Decorating your house and your front porch is just as much a form of self-expression as the clothes you wear, but keeping those decorations out on your front porch well past the holiday they’re celebrating is a front porch no-no. Leaving decorations up too long makes your whole home appear unkempt, and nobody wants that! Another good rule of thumb: take any holiday decorations down no later than 30 days after a holiday.