Having lots of room for a growing family is what dreams are made of for most city dwellers. Most of us are not so lucky, however. There are families that live in small rentals out of necessity. Buying a home is out of the question because it’s expensive and a small apartment with affordable rent is the next best option.
Thankfully, it is possible to live in a rental with children and not go crazy! To make the space suitable for your growing family, some things have to change, however. Here are some tips to prep your space for your little ones:
Give the Kids Their Own Space
No matter how small an apartment is, you have to give your little one his own space. The general rule of thumb is that the younger the child is, the larger the space that’s needed. Kids, especially toddlers, will play all day and playtime can be messy most times. It’ll be hard to organize your small apartment if your child has zero room to play, clutter will build everywhere! Giving your little one his/her own space helps reduce the amount of clutter that builds in the home. That’ll make cleaning a breeze.
Older kids have their own activities and they too, need a place of their own. It’s important to spare a room for a study table + chair once the kids are older. If say, the children’s room has zero room to spare for activities or homework, consider taking the smaller room and let the kids have the biggest room in your apartment. That’s a huge adjustment, sure, but do what you have to do to give your children the room they need to grow!
Make Regular Decluttering a Thing
You’d think a larger home is much harder to clean but you’d be surprised how fast clutter builds up in a small home when you share the space with children. To save your sanity while maintaining a clean, tidy home, make regular de-cluttering a thing. Even better, get the kids to help you clean so tidying up becomes twice as easy and fast.
Train your kids early; get them to clean their room on their own each week. Set a time for cleaning the house, like every weekend. Turn your weekly decluttering into a routine with the kids until they are doing the decluttering on their own.
Organize the home starting with the messiest, the kitchen then the living room. Decluttering does not mean donating your stuff or throwing certain things away. It’s about eliminating the unnecessary and making sure that everything in your home has its own place.
Focus on Comfort and Functionality
We all dream of a stylish home worthy of a Town and Country feature but alas, having kids changes everything, including your interior setup! While it’s possible to create a beautifully designed home, don’t focus too much on style, children will always cause a ruckus at home so the interiors should be as flexible as possible. That does not mean you shouldn’t incorporate your personal style into your living space, just make sure the home design is practical too.
If a certain piece of furniture is prone to stains or too delicate, it might not work with your current living arrangement. A white leather couch may look stunning in the living room but with the kids playing, eating everywhere, it is only a matter of time before that gorgeous couch turns into an expensive, stained mess. Delicate decors make a lovely accent in the living room but these could be mistaken for chew toys by a toddler.
Move Furniture Around
A growing family’s needs change all the time and your current setup might have worked then but it’ll be better if you move the furniture around. It might be okay to share a single bedroom with the baby at this time but as your child grows, she’ll need more room. These changing needs bring all kinds of opportunities for change so create a flexible space that’s easy enough to update whenever the need for it arises, a home that grows with your expanding family.
Be Happy with Less
Let’s face it, choices tend to be limited when you are running out of space in a small apartment. Instead of fretting over the fact that you cannot add more decors, embrace the simple interiors. There is something comforting about the proximity of everything in a small space, everything is always within easy reach. Embrace minimalism, trim the excess and find happiness with less! Rather than focusing on filling an expanse of space with stuff, make every square inch work harder so you and the rest of your growing family could enjoy the space even more.
When it comes to creating a home that grows with your family, the size doesn’t really matter. If the space feels cramped to you, you can always make small changes to make your space more enjoyable to live in. Tune in for more small apartment tips, we’ve got lots more coming your way. In the meantime, sign up for our FREE home design course here.