Friday, March 31, 2017
Navigating Shared Living Space
Living in a condo, high rise, or townhouse development means living in close proximity to many different people. This can, of course, be a wonderful experience; as this kind of density allows you to continuously meet new people and become part of a strong and neighbourly community. However, living so close to so many people also means that you need to know how to manage and respect your shared living space, and how to navigate the community in which you live. Here are a few things to keep in mind if you find yourself struggling to understand the written and unwritten rules of the fitness rooms, pools, and elevators of your building.
Know your Community
The first step towards respectfully engaging with your living community, and its shared areas, is to understand the kind of culture your building has. Different buildings have different vibes. There are some buildings where people really want to keep to themselves, and there are others where neighbours routinely knock on each other’s doors. By following the tone set by the building’s community you’ll find it much easier to establish your own space within that community.
Hallways, Elevators, Lobbies, and Common Rooms
Public spaces, like hallways, elevators, lobbies, and common rooms, are the main arteries of your building, so it is crucial that you remain courteous and respectful in these spaces. This means, holding elevator doors, keeping voices down in hallways, picking up after yourself in the lobby, and adhering to the rules and regulations of common rooms. When booking or reserving a common area, like a party room or a garden terrace, be sure to verify the rules governing its use. You want to make sure that you clean up after yourself, keep the noise down to accepted and agreed upon levels, and ensure that you clear out on time.
Fitness Areas and Pools
If you happen to have these wonderful assets in your building you already understand how important it is to keep them clean and functioning, and how off-putting it can be when a fellow resident does not. Again, your guide to these spaces are the rules the building has laid out, but generally speaking remember to clean up after yourself—this includes returning fitness gear to its rightful place and wiping equipment when you are finished with it—to respect others in the room if you are playing music or watching TV, and to respect and abide by the hours of operation. It is even more important to follow rules surrounding pool or sauna use, because of issues surrounding safety and hygiene. Remember to keep these areas clean, to take any towels or other personal effects with you, and to respect people’s privacy.
It can be a challenge sometimes to live among so many people, but if you can remain conscientious of public space, and maintain a kind and respectful relationship with your neighbours you will find that these communities really make living in a dense area or city worthwhile.