Dear Ms. Demeanor: My hallway looks like a preschool classroom
By Jamie Lauren Sutton |November 1, 2013 - 10:58AM
Dear Ms. Demeanor,
My neighbor's door is covered in their kids' artwork. It's not that I don't like kids (or their artwork), it's just that it's starting to look messy (and spreading beyond their doors and onto the hallway walls). Is there a nice way to ask them to be a bit more minimalist? I don't want to come across as a rude/child-intolerant, but it's getting on my nerves!
I do sympathize and, other than special occasions such as visits from grandparents, new siblings or holidays, I think that generally, art should stay on the inside or at the very least be as minimalist as possible on the outside.
That said, I think you need to pick your battles when it comes to approaching the neighbor yourself. I also think the sentiment should come from an official source lest you seem petty. Check with the co-op board or building manager about the rules concerning door decorations and ask them send a letter to neighbor(s) reminding them of same.
Share the space and share the taste,
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