Large parts of the world are seeing a housing crisis. Studies have shown that more than half of 20-39 year olds in large cities will still be renting from private landlords in a decade. With thoughts of buying a home off the table for most, rental is the only available option. But rental prices are at an all time high and landlords seem to have fewer responsibilities than ever. The result? Tiny indoor spaces being offered for ludicrous amounts of money per month. “Studio apartments” can now be the title of a mere kitchenette with a mattress in the corner. Some landlords are offering a sheds within a communal living space for extortionate prices. There are all sorts of advantages to living in a big city. But what do you do when you need space to live but don’t want to be confined to a space too small to live in?
The cost of housing and space offered by landlords isn’t going to be something that you can change anytime soon. Sadly, chances are you’re going to have to make do with the best that you are offered. But there are ways to make things a little easier and more comfortable for yourself. One option? Storage solutions. This could range from clearing out your belongings, to finding a temporary, alternative home for them. If you don’t use something anymore and care little for it, sell it or donate it to charity. If what’s left is taking up too much room in your home, you don’t have to throw it away. We all have certain belongings that we don’t use on a regular basis but can’t bear to give the boot. Alternative storage offers the perfect compromise. It is relatively cheap to keep your things in storage away from your home. This way, you can rest assured that sentimental items are in a safe place and you can have them back as soon as you’re living somewhere with enough room to accommodate them.
Living alone in big cities is nigh-on-impossible. Unless you have a great income and nobody other than yourself to support, chances are a spacious studio apartment or one bedroom flat isn’t going to be a part of your life. The next best thing? House sharing. Now this can be quite difficult. If you’re moving in with strangers, you never know what kinds of bad habits they might have. There are plenty of house share horror stories out there. Reported problems vary: from those who are seemingly allergic to doing the dishes to loud lovers and party animals. A fix to this is to move in with friends. Be open with one another about your bad habits and weigh up the pros and cons. If you don’t think you’ll be able to live with this person, no matter how well you get on, don’t do it. You don’t want to sacrifice a friendship for the sake of saving money on rent. If you move in with strangers, arrange a meet up first. Let them know your needs and boundaries.