When asked to choose her favourite among the many memorable moments spent with fellow tenants at her Lumo property in Vantaa’s Tikkurila district, Anu Salmi struggles for a moment. An impromptu get-together for a Midsummer barbecue party and a long-planned celebration of Christmas are both special occasions in their own right.
What is your favourite place in your apartment?
It has to be the glazed balcony. It’s a lovely spot to read and relax. Back when my son was younger, the balcony on the first floor also gave me a good vantage point for keeping an eye on him when he played in the yard.
What is the most important object in your home?
I love so many details of our spacious living room and open kitchen. But if I have to choose one, I guess it would be the sofa.
What is your preferred way to relax?
It depends on what I feel like doing. It could be going for a run or just reading a book on the sofa I mentioned. I also sing semi-professionally, so that’s another nice way to relax.
What is your favourite aspect of the work done by the house committee, which has now been renamed the Lumo team?
I like to be up to speed with what’s happening in the building and how we can use and develop the shared facilities, for instance. The fitness centre that is now available to the tenants is one good example of that. I also enjoy organising events and the rewarding feeling of seeing people have a good time. Our Christmas party is one such event. We have a Christmas tree, baked ham and casseroles, seasonal music and Christmas lights. It’s clearly a meaningful celebration for many of the tenants, and it puts us as the organisers in a nice frame of mind as well.
What is your favourite tenant event held at the building so far?
It’s impossible to pick one. The Christmas party I just mentioned is definitely up there. But I’d also highlight a day last June, when those of us who stayed in the city for Midsummer had an impromptu barbecue party. It was nice to see that you don’t always have to spend a lot of time organising an event. Spontaneous social activities are good fun as well. We also have a great time at our work parties and yard parties.
What future event are you looking forward to in particular?
There’s a few actually. It will be the 20th anniversary of this housing company next year, so we’ve been planning an event to mark the occasion. The neighbouring building turned 20 years old this year and the other building will reach that milestone next year, so we should celebrate that somehow.
What message do you want to send to the tenants of your Lumo building?
You should join the community events and get to know your neighbours. I’ve talked to people who are reluctant to join our work parties because they aren’t physically capable of doing yard work. I’ve tried to explain that we don’t expect everyone who attends the event to work strenuously. It’s more important to spend time together, exchange ideas and opinions and realise that there are lovely people living right next door. Besides, there’s always demand for supervisors!
What advice would you give to someone who wants to join their apartment building’s community activities and the Lumo team, for example?
Get involved, let people know you want to participate. Don’t be shy. In the six years that I’ve been involved in these activities, I’ve had the opportunity to see a lot, do a lot and come up with a lot of ideas. You might end up making new friends on the house committee. At least that’s what happened in my case.
Family and pets
10-year-old son Leevi and a cat named Simopetteri
72 m2 apartment in Vantaa’s Tikkurila district
Member and leader of the house committee, now renamed the Lumo team
are diverse activities aimed at improving the living environment and comfort of all tenants. Does not require a tremendous amount of work. Everyone can participate to the extent that they want to be involved. Even small initiatives help create a stronger sense of community, which makes life more pleasant. Ideas are meant to be put into action. The Lumo team in your building is the best way to do it!
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