The urban lifestyle is attracting more families into its core. Gone are the days when condo and apartment living is just a trend for single millennials who love the busy buzz of the city. In fact, the 2014 American Community Survey conducted by the National Multifamily Housing Council (NHMC) found that 33.52% of renters fell within the 30 to 44 age bracket, compared to just 22.26% who were under 30 years old. This only shows that more baby boomers are choosing the condo life.
Today, even startup families with little kids are becoming major participants in the rental scene. A series of surveys conducted in Canada found that the condo-heavy waterfront communities in Toronto have seen a rise in child population by 60% between 2008 and 2011. Perhaps you’re one of the more resourceful parents who stick it out raising your kids in a condo. Kudos to you! It sure is not an easy job. Hopefully, these 10 new tips will help you make condo living a better experience for you and your kids.
- Making good use of vertical space
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Apartments and condominiums for rent often don’t have the advantage of space. It’s easier for clutter to pile up quickly when your family is growing but your unit is not. This is why it’s important to learn the art of vertical living. Don’t let your floor have all the fun; your walls are there to be filled, too. Set up some high-display shelves and store some of your less-used stuff there. Old books and toys don’t have to stay in a box by the bedroom door. Let them add a more stylish look to the room by displaying on the wall. That way, your unit is decluttered and your kids have more space for playing and wandering around.
- Sharing rooms and beds
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The older generation is used to their kids having their own bedroom. Today’s generation, however, has a more open and generous vibe, so it’s really not surprising that kids these days either share their bedroom with one another or with their parents. Raising your kids in an apartment also necessitates this kind of setting. Smaller living space means that there is more room for family bonding and involvement. You get closer to your kids since you don’t place them in a room with their gadgets and toys. Besides, “it’s not a kid’s right to have their own bedroom,” as condo living blogger Adrian Cook said. “They’ll have a lot of other things that a lot of kids don’t have, such as an urban lifestyle.” Plus, they’ll have you to guide them. As Cook puts it, “Kids don’t remember that they had their own bedroom. They remember that they were loved.”