Zoe melovich and her husband Sean live in the spell: "smaller and sweeter.
The 35-year-old melovich and 34-year-old Sean are raising two of their children with one. bedroom-plus-
Study apartment in downtown Toronto.
"I like it here!
The school's swimming coach, merovich, said.
"I can't imagine we're in a bigger place.
She bought 700 with natural therapy expert Sean. square-
Walking apartments near Spadina na Avenue.
And Fort York Avenue.
Seven years ago, near the city plaza in Toronto. pre-
Marriage and children
Since then, as their family expanded to include 4-year-old son Wesley and 9-month Penelope, they had to be creative about the space.
While Sean sometimes fantasized about buying a house, especially when the kids are asleep and he can't play an instrument, the priorities always end the idea.
"The real estate market is crazy right now," says Meirovici . ".
"We have seen some places, but it is not worth it.
The debt we don't want.
We would rather live small and travel than be poor.
In order to do so, they make the most of the compact space that enables them to meet all four of their individual needs.
The former study has become a comfortable and fully functional bedroom of Wesley, with a customized-
In bunk beds and reading corners.
A man-made wall was built to provide more privacy;
Custom bookshelves can place books and trinkets without taking up valuable ground space.
Wesley shared the dresser drawer with his sister and doubled the top as a change desk for Penelope.
The bedroom is clean and messy-
Free look thanks to the simple way the family hugs throughout the apartment
This is largely out of necessity, but also because it helps keep their families running more smoothly.
"We teach Wesley Young;
If you want something, you have to have something . "
When someone recently asked her son if he thought their home was too small, Wesley replied proudly: "We don't need much space if everything has a place!
"This is a taboo when turning the study into a bedroom
Brainer, it takes a little more to find Penelope's own roomof-the-box thinking.
When she had a light bulb, Meirovici had been pushing her daughter's mini crib to the hallway restroom for a nap;
Remove the toilet and sink and turn the bathroom into a nursery.
The friend told her, "You're crazy!
But merovich called a plumber and after $500, her daughter had a temporary bedroom.
The shower is still hidden behind decorative curtains, doubling as extra storage, and items are easily accessible due to the fact that the crib can be flipped and folded.
When Penelope is big enough to share a room with his brother, the toilet and sink will be redecorated.
Installed, but now, the unorthodox bandaid solution is working for a family of four.
Recently, thanks to the popularity of Netflix sorting out with Mary condo, cleaning up and organizing can become more fashionable, but merovich says to keep them sane, the family has been following strict organizational methods for many years.
When you walk into their apartment, there is a hat rack hanging on the wall, and the numbered shoe cabinet provides a space for each family member to hide their shoes neatly.
Most of their furniture has discreet storage space and also offers dual use, including a coffee table in the living room, which can be used as a table and chair for children.
Merovich says her children don't know about other lives, small space life gives them a different perspective and they understand that they don't need much space --or things —to be happy.
In the summer, the family spent a few hours on the terrace, and the community in the city center has become an extension of their living room.
Accessibility to many attractions and parks means they are often active together.
"I like the fact that we can stay on the beach for a minute and on Queen Street. W.
Next, "said merovich.
"My children are very lucky. they can go (
Ripley aquarium, Canadaall the time.
We have a season pass for everything.
We are always outside.
We always ride bicycles.
We don't need that much.
The amenities of the building also provide children with hours of entertainment;
Yoga rooms for winter play, outdoor swimming pools for summer swimming, and even public corridors are used when Penelope learns to crawl and Wesley learns to walk.
On a recent snowy day, children in several apartments even got together in their pajamas to watch a movie.
"When we are bored, we always carry out treasure hunt around the building," she added . ".
When discussing the merits of their lifestyle and jokes, melovich exude joy. One of the main benefits is that they can't have it, especially in the past winter, she and her friends at home spent hours shoveling snow and ice from the driveway and sidewalk.
"Underground parking! ” she laughs.
Jackie Burns is from Toronto.
Writer and freelance writer of Star.
Contact her in @ callmeburnsie six ways to live in a small space for a teacher --turned-
Professional organizers say organizing is the key to working in small spaces.
If everything has a place and everything is put in place, even the youngest family members can help maintain order.
The six secrets of her close life: 1.
Create Command Center-
Home calendar, key and Mail (
Open, classified and recycled to prevent stacking). 2.
Give each family member a place to place coats, bags, shoes, hats and gloves. Wall-
Installed shoe cabinets and strategically placed wall hooks allow children to buy their own items. 3.
Wash frequently-discard, donate and recycle items that are no longer purposeful on a regular basis.
Encourage your child to do so for a few weeks or special occasions before the birth day to make room for new items. 4.
Ask for membership from museums, aquariums, art galleries, zoos or movie gift cards, not material items. 5.
Whether it's toilet paper, groceries or clothes, just buy the items you need because you need them.
Take advantage of your neighbors-
Your home is not just the four walls around you;
Use your splash pad, library, community center, playground, museum and gallery.