Patricia Evans, our guest blogger for this month, is a contributing writer of Huffington Post UK and also is a part time interior designer and a full-time mother. She will be sharing with us how condo living can change your mindset.
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For the past decade, there has been a condominium boom around the world: buildings are rising faster than you can say supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. You can either rent or purchase a unit from any of these properties, with many opting for long- or short-term renting
Wait a second. Is purchasing or renting a condominium really worth it? Maybe you still need a little more convincing. Choosing the condo life is a decision you won’t regret and one may even say condo living changes your lifestyle. Find out why many are ditching the roofed home and going for a comfy condo instead.
LOCATION IS NO LONGER A PROBLEM
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It has been said once, and it shall be said again: location is king. If your home is located hours away from your workplace or school, you’ll be forced to wake up at an ungodly hour to avoid the penalty you will incur from tardiness; most likely you’ll be lacking in sleep and will be sluggish throughout the day.
Living in a condominium, location will no longer be a problem for you as most condos are near educational institutions and city’s business hubs. You no longer need to wake up at dawn and you’ll have sufficient sleep, thus permitting you to perform better during the day.
HOARDER TO PURGER
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If you’ve watched shows like tiny house living, you might be able to relate with them; after all, you are living in a space similar to theirs except yours isn’t located on solid ground nor does it have a roof. If you were a pack mule before, you might have changed the moment you noticed your closet overflowing with clothes you no longer use or your books taking up too much space. You have no choice but to reduce the contents. You have to carefully audit your stuff if you don’t want overflowing cabinets.
Remember this rule: if you get something, you have to give away something too.
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If you’re used to being a slob in your regular home, you just might become the most organized person in the world once you move into a condo. Since a condo has a smaller space, you will immediately see the mess you created and there’s not much place to hide your junk. Can you imagine your partner’s face when they see the chaos in your home?
Create a system to help you maintain the cleanliness. With a smaller space, cleaning ought to be easier. Purchase the necessary cleaning agents and scrub your bathroom at least once a week. Live by these two rules to make everything easier. Return what you have used to where they belong and immediately clean up after yourself. They may sound a little too easy, but they definitely work.
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Whether you dislike or loved DIY projects, they may be what your small space needs. You’ll find yourself clicking on those links more often as these tips will matter. A small space is quite pleasant, but you’ll soon learn you will need every bit of vacant space for your things.
Speaking of using every vacant space, multifunctional furniture will also become part of your lifestyle as they are one of the best tried and tested ways to utilize a small space. For example, a sofa becomes your bed at night or your coffee table can double as another storage space.
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Before, if you like a piece of furniture you just go ahead and purchase it without considering the room size. Like that canopy bed? There you go, it’ll be delivered to your house soon. Nowadays, the tape measure has become a must-have inside your bag or pocket along with a list of measurements concerning your condo.
You’ll also learn a lot about proportion. Just because the space is small, it does not mean the pieces you will be using should be elfin size. Some larger pieces can make a space look even bigger, like a wall to wall sofa.
THE OUTSIDE WILL BE A WELCOME SIGHT
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Homebody or not, sometimes being stuck inside your condo the whole day can be an unpleasant thing. Go outside and explore your surroundings. How about checking out the garden in your condo complex? You may also want to try something other than your own cooking, so go ahead and get a baguette from the cafe on the top floor.
YES PLEASE AMENITIES
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Admittedly, one of the top reasons why people prefer living in a condo than a house are the amenities. With a rented condo, you won’t run out of things to do as there plenty of said amenities to enjoy. If your child is aching for a dip in the pool to beat the heat, you don’t have to travel to Laguna just to dive into the water as the community is most likely to have more than one pool. These may include a leisure pool for those who just want to relax, a lap pool for those who want to work out their muscles, and a kiddie pool for the tots. If you’re in the mood to shoot some hoops, there’s also a basketball court. Perhaps you’d like a jog before going to work? Then the jogging/biking path is the place for you. There’s also a music room, entertainment room, sky lounge and fitness gym. If you want to take a break from the long rows of buildings, then you may find some refuge in one of the landscaped gardens or atriums.
Condo living will change your way of life. Your mind will most certainly be at ease for the location is perfect for first-time renters, couples, families or friends. Your mind will also be at ease for you know you are safe not just from delinquents, but from natural disasters as well. And all these come with luxurious amenities only some can only dream of. Yes, adopting a condo lifestyle is one you won’t regret.
Thank you for sharing with us, Patricia, your insightful thought on condo living. It makes me appreciate living in a condominium.