The constant shift towards living in the suburbs has led to longer commutes for most American workers. This is one of the many reasons that families are now looking at staying in the city center, where work is a short walk away and therefore more time can be spent together as a family.
With some imagination, it’s possible to make a smaller space feel cozy and work well for family living. Even though a little compromise is necessary, the benefits of living in an apartment can be enormous.
Be creative with space
Although not all apartments are smaller than detached homes, they are more enclosed and don’t have basements and garages to store the usual family clutter. The answer is to be creative with storage and space, make rooms work harder, and ensure that every bit of space is maximized. However, don’t feel like you need to fill every corner of your home. Keep clutter to a minimum, and you’ll find that it takes you less time to clean and it’s easier and cheaper to update when you want a change.
Broaden your horizons
Once you have organized your living space, you’ll discover that living in the city center means you can enjoy all the amenities on your doorstep. You can easily walk to shops, restaurants, and theaters and very often you’ll find all you need within your apartment complex. There may be a gym or even a rooftop terrace with a pool, and the great thing is you are not responsible for their maintenance. You don’t have to think about mowing the lawn or fixing the roof on the weekend.
A sense of community
If you’re renting your home, you may not be able to renovate as much as you’d like. Nevertheless, you are still entitled to use the space however you want, and there are laws to protect your “familial status” so that you are not discriminated against by landlords. Whether you’re renting or buying, it’s important to think about the safety and behavior of your children in communal areas and make sure that they are considerate of your close neighbors. The upside is that apartment buildings can foster a great sense of community.
Your living space may be contained, but you can make it work to provide all the home comforts that you need. Then it expands to incorporate the city around you, communal areas, gardens and parks and without long commutes and weekends tied up with household chores, you’ll have more time to explore it with your family.