Posted on August 10, 2015

Kids in Condos: How to Make it Work

Starting a family no longer coincides with moving to the suburbs. More couples are choosing to raise their children in urban dwellings. While there are many benefits, a smaller space can present a few challenges. Here are some tips to help make your home work for everyone, including your neighbours.

Declutter
Having children means you inevitably accumulate a lot of clothing and gear. Free some space by reselling or donating anything you don’t need, like clothes and toys that have been outgrown. Create a “toy-library” where you store the majority of toys and only bring out a handful at a time.

Take a Child’s Eye View
Get down to your child’s eye level to see what the home looks like from his/her perspective. Use this approach in every room, moving anything valuable, breakable or dangerous out of reach and then organizing from the bottom up.

Think Vertical
Store your children’s stuff within their reach. This helps make the best use of your home’s vertical space and also makes it easier for kids to put their things away. Hooks in closets should be placed at a level where children can put jackets away themselves. Consider installing floating shelves on your walls to keep tables and desks clear, giving an illusion of space.

Think About Your Neighbours
Don’t forget, you now have neighbours in close quarters and noise travels! Opt for toys with rubber wheels instead of wood or plastic. If your home has carpet, consider keeping it to mitigate noise. Wood, tile and laminate floors are a conduit for noise. If you do put in new floors, be sure to place area rugs in high-traffic places.