Apartment living, one daughter, one husband: We’ve been there.
Yep – when you’ve outgrown your own home, it’s not fun.
Here are seven signs that you might have outgrown your home, speaking from experience…
And if you’ve ever been in the same boat? You’ll be nodding along to these.
1. The clotheshorse blocks off access to key areas in the home.
In winter when the need for the clothes horse arises, there is an immediate conundrum, like an unsolvable puzzle. No matter where you assemble the clotheshorse, it is awkward to walk past, and you are prone to catching it with your arm and collapsing the entire contraption.
It’s either in the way of everyone trying to access the couch area/TV, or it’s simply blocking a doorway, or right in front of the heater where everyone else wants to be. It’s a lose-lose.
2. When a cubby house is under construction, the lounge room is off limits.
That’s because the only option for your child to build a cubby house involves utlising the sofas, a cleverly hung sheet or two, and inviting all available teddy bears to the opening gala. Adults may not fit in the space, and they have also lost access to the sitting area.
The child is hopeful the cubby house will stay that way for at least a few days, and you don’t want to stifle their creativity, do you?
3. Dinner parties are a logistical challenge.
Dinner parties are a crafty game of “how can we fit everyone around the table?” The table may consist of indoor and outdoor tables, fitted snugly together, with varying heights. Often the kitchen is within arm’s reach of the dining table. And the stereo and the panty cupboard.
There will always be one person stuck in a spot that requires an entire row of dinner guests to exit their seats should the bathroom be needed.
4. The neighbours are far too close for comfort.
One of the joys of apartment living, semi-detached houses or generally small houses, is the proximity to neighbours. Lovely, vocal, lively neighbours. When you can smell their cigarette smoke wafting across your balcony? Yes.