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How to Sit on Your Stoop

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A fun guide to chilling on your porch in a neighbor-friendly way

 
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Step 1: What you'll need

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I like to sit on my front stoop because I live in the city where it can be easy to catch cabin fever. Sitting on my stoop at different times of day, I get to know the rhythms of and characters in my neighborhood. I like being a familiar face to the people who live around me, from dog walkers and toddlers to gardeners and runners.

Plus, you don't need much to sit on your stoop: just your stoop, and a butt ... preferably your own ...

Step 2: To avoid stoop-butt, you can sit on a chair

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Like I said, you can just pop a squat on the cement stairs. If you plan to sit for hours on end, you may want to invest in a more comfortable seat, like this retro weave jobbie or an Adirondack chair.

Step 3: Invite friends ...

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Your neighbors, young and old, make good stoop-sittin' friends, especially when they're smiley like these guys.

Fuzzy pets also make nice stoop buddies. I notice when I sit on my stoop with my cat, people are more likely to say hi.

Step 4: Or have some "me-time" on your stoop

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Read a book or stretch after you exercise ... either way, it's more fun on the porch.

(Less picture-friendly activities including clipping/painting your nails, brushing aforementioned fuzzy pet, or writing your personal manifesto.)

Step 5: Smile at passers-by

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Don't stare down people when they walk by. Make eye contact and smile, or even give a small wave. If you don't feel up to smiling, it's probably a good night to sit on your back porch.

Step 6: Keep a tidy stoop for enjoyable sitting.

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Give back to your stoop!

Sweep it clean from time to time.
Add some plantings.

Your porch may not be your temple, but it can be an oasis, so lively it up!
This is really good. I linked to this instructable in my blog post about stoop sitting.
GrinnDaddy6 years ago
This instructable has been rated as one of Grinn Blog's 10 REALLY Wierd Instructables. Congrats mandible!
i prefer to look like part of the building. however, if i was social, this would be a great instructable. so good job!
I sadly don't really have a stoop that I care to sit on. I garden on it sometimes, but most of my neighbors are drunken idiots that make me nervous. :P
Kiteman6 years ago
Oh, that's a stoop!

Nice Instructable - very friendly to the inhabitants of your environment.
I don't have a stoop ='[
mandible (author)  Weissensteinburg6 years ago
That's a bummer! Not even a little curb? I have a cat, so every place I get has to come with a stoop or she would be inconsolable.
Well we've got a 3in step, but it's about 70 feet from the cul-de-sac
Mitten6 years ago
Stoop kids afraid to leave his stoop!
Ezza Mitten6 years ago
Lol is that from Hey Arnold?
Mitten Ezza6 years ago
Heh, Yeah it is. I'm such a 90's kid
Great instructable! It actually took me a while to figure out how to sit comfortably on my stoop. Adding a comfortable chair really helped because I sort of can't stand just sitting without my back totally supported; I'm a wimp. And the waving to people passing by is key. Otherwise you start to feel like you're just part of the building. And that's no fun.