For quite some time, I have lived in an apartment so small my stuffs barely fit. At first, the idea sounded exciting. It could mean increased intimacy with my partner and more time spend together since you basically just see each other in every corner. Not to mention, small spaces are also more affordable and likely to be near the capital, where there are plenty of economic opportunities and commercial establishments. In a matter of years only, the excitement wore off. Living in small spaces can pose a threat on your well-being. I should know better, because I had been in the situation.
The sooner I realized that micro apartments may not serve my best interest in the long run, I went on to check out reliable real estate agents in Australia. Hopefully, he must be somebody who understands the need for space and the need to balance bank accounts. Hopefully, he shall aid in the transition and educate me with several financial options available. And indeed, he is all that. The man is named Peter Davies from Chilli Realty, he who takes into consideration the factors that influence a buyer’s capacity to pay, but never quite compromises the buyer’s health and quality living. I must say, he truly is a professional, and a very competent one. If you are among the many people who have once been lured into the idea of affordable living vis-a-vis settling into small spaces, you should probably seek Peter Davies’ help. I couldn’t be more satisfied with his service.
I emphasize this because I know that the health risks of small apartment cannot just be neglected. People justify by saying arrangement and design of the interiors can do miracles. Up to a certain extent, yes. Nevertheless, the whole idea won’t work if you have a family already. As I said, I have been in the situation so I probably have the authority to talk more about the disadvantages of living in small apartments.
First, you face the problem of being restricted to functional living.
Simple living is ideal, but confined living isn’t. Living in small apartments will force you to trim down your list of furniture and appliances, if only to free some space.
Homes are supposed to be your haven, your respite from the everyday stresses. And, whether we admit it or not, styling our homes to the point where we feel comfortable and relaxed can mean buying several furniture pieces. Now when you have small spaces, your furniture items have to be multi-purpose. Your kitchen table must also be your working table. Your bookshelf as your cupboard and tv stand as well. Who knows, you won’t even have space for your cutlery. Personally, this isn’t something I call as convenient.
Second, you may end up exposing your loved ones to injuries.
Micro apartments are suitable for young professionals or students, but never for families and not even for couples. Peter Davies stressed the importance of long-term planning prior to buying a residential property, and I couldn’t agree more. I have seen myself raising my own family someday. So I was thinking, how do small spaces affect children?
Children like to move around. They like to play, and playing won’t be feasible if you’re stuck in your 7th floor unit in a suburban building. There are no grounds to roam around. Your children might just end up playing computer games. Worse, they may even get injured if they try to play around, what with the high stairs, isolated lobbies, and glass windows.
Psychologists even posit that school children may even have difficulty concentrating when they study. This is because you probably won’t have space for a study table or a room away from the television noise.
Security issues are also the same for elderly loved ones or disabled persons. If they’re on wheelchairs, small spaces won’t be ideal. Bottom line, where houses or apartments are concerned, age matters.
Third and last, you and your loved ones are prone to mental and psychological health problems.
Apart from comfort, your home must also be a place for privacy. Back then, I had difficulty finding my “own space” inside our tiny apartment. When I wanted to cry and be left alone, I had to settle myself inside the bathroom, which wasn’t effective because my sobs could somehow be heard. When I wanted to a “me time”, all I ever got were distractions. This privacy concern is so real when living in studios where there are no divisions, where the bedroom also serves as the living room. Overall, I guess I could say I felt suffocated back then.
This psychological stifle can also affect your productivity at work or at school. Whether you are conscious about it or not, your mental and psychological stress at home has a spill-over effect on other critical aspects of your life. I even began to notice how frequent our quarrels had become in only a few years of living in small spaces. Thank heavens, I was through that phase.
If I were you, I would not wait for the problem to erupt into a full-blown disaster. It isn’t the first time we’ve heard of stresses causing physical ailments that lead to hospitalization. Thus, you would be better off if you follow suit and take Peter Davies’ expert advice. Move into a more spacious apartment for quality living and for a healthier you.