The online edition of the Merriam Webster Dictionary defines lazy as “disinclined to activity or exertion: not energetic or vigorous.”
Typically, this form of laziness isn’t considered a good thing. We know that if we want to live happy, healthy lives, we’re supposed to be as physically active as we can. And, recent studies show that too much sitting down can have a seriously negative impact on our life expectancy.
But, when it comes to house hunting, laziness pays!
That’s right. Thinking like a lazy person when previewing properties can make a big difference in how happy you are once you’ve settled in to your new home. Why? Because, it doesn’t matter how healthy and active you are, eventually, you will sit down! Relax. Rest. Rejuvenate. And, isn’t home is where we go most often to do these important things?
Lazy Works In Your Favour
Now don’t get me wrong. I’m no proponent for an unhealthy sedentary lifestyle! Instead, I’m suggesting that a well designed home – one that is truly comfortable – is laid out in a way that is convenient for its users.
What this means is that key functions in a home are situated intelligently and that you – as a potential user of the space – never have to go too far out of your way to do what you need to.
While it is probably true we would all be a lot better off if our TVs and our refrigerator were two floors apart, let’s face it, having to head up a few flights of stairs just to grab a drink is kind of drag when you’re in the middle of a movie. And, what about that midnight tinkle? Wouldn’t it be better if the bathroom were right next to the bedroom?
The point is, when you consider what the primary purpose might be in a space, think too of what you will need nearby to ensure an optimum experience. Whether it’s storage for specific stuff or easy access to something you need, the key is to look for logical relationships between rooms and to covet convenience.
The next time you preview a property, put on a pair of couch potato glasses, and take a second look at the following:
- Levels/storeys: If you’re moving from one-level living to a multi-storey walk up, note how the location of important activities will impact your daily living. Will you be walking your groceries up the stairs and then heading back down again to watch TV? The same goes in reverse if you’re moving from a multi-storey home to a one-floor condo or bungalow. Is the bathroom off the dining room? If yes, imagine yourself as dinner guest.
- Recycling & garbage disposal: This is a tricky one. Many homes aren’t built to accommodate modern day disposal, so if there isn’t somewhere handy to hide the trash and/or recycling, it might end up piling up where you really don’t want to see it.
- TV/Media: Whether it’s TV, movies, gaming or computers, “lifestyle technology” often takes centre stage, especially in a family home. Make sure these activities happen where there is adequate storage for all of the accompanying components, sufficient space for a cozy sofa, and that the fridge is nearby!
- Bathrooms: Obviously, the closer the better when you need to go! But, think this one through when it comes to grooming too. Look carefully at the placement of the main bathroom in a multi-story space. Is it located next to the bedrooms or off a main floor living room? Will it be easy to access for your morning shower or will your shampoo bottles be a hassle to stow away when company comes over?
- Laundry: Surprisingly, many people have a lot to say about the location of the laundry facilities in a home. Some swear by a second floor washer dryer combo, but still others lament the noise, so remember to factor in your personal preferences when previewing a potential a space.
- Gym/exercise: Finally, since you’ll be needing a place to work off the extra pounds you put on in your cosy home, carefully consider the possibility you might want to exercise while you’re there. If the answer is yes, then identify where with intention. Letting the gym equipment languish in a dark corner of the basement sure won’t inspire action!
Remember: Convenient Is Comfortable
House hunting can sometimes be overwhelming. There is so much to see, so much to chose from, and so many decisions to make. It’s easy to get carried away.
So, instead of focusing on the fancy features, be smart by being lazy. Look for a place where daily living will be as painless as possible, and where doing what you love to do won’t take too much effort. Just remember that convenient is comfortable, and comfortable is what home should be.