If you follow me for a longer time, it can’t be a surprise that I am part of the Millennial generation. I was born in 1993 (sorry for being young), which puts me bang in the middle of this generation. Generally speaking people by Millenial (or Gen Y) individuals born between 1980 and 2005. In this blogpost I want to explore the ways we Millenials live and how that differs from previous generations. Other than that, I want to get into the ways in which we wánt to live. Let’s get into it!
What makes a Millennial a Millennial?
As said, if you’re born between roughly 1980 and 2000: you are a Millenial. Some of the events that formed us as a generation are the uprise of the internet and online culture and looming threats of terrorism. Besides that, we grew up with the first black American president and a broader acceptance of the LGBTQ-community. Millenials are stereotyped as money burners, unmotivated in the workspace and stuck up to older generations. On the other hand, there are some positive characteristics that are linked to this generation. For example, we are open to other cultures and lifestyles, we are creative and environmentally conscious.
What do Millenial living spaces look like?
As a preface: this blogpost will generalize people in this age group to an enormous extent. Don’t let it offend you, please let me know on Instagram if you don’t identify with my description. Now that that’s out of the way, let’s talk Millenial living situations. We are a generation that lives more and more alone. Meaning, not with a partner or children. However, we also generally live in cities. Rent prices are high here, which means we live with a flatmate or -worse- with our parents. We are apartment dwellers, we do not live in detached houses. Connected to this all, we rely on modes of transport other than driving by car. We use the metro, the bike or the train. Our homes are furnished with a mix of cheap new stuff, second hand finds and some items we splurged on.
How do Millenials want to live?
Ideally we’d inhabit a small apartment, in a nice central neighbourhood with a seperate bedroom (although we’d settle for a studio apartment). Also, we would love to live in a street where things happen, some pubs and shops around the corner are a must. In order to be able to get to work, we either live in cycling distance from our workplace or closeby a public transport hub. Moreover, the building in which our home is situated must be either brand spanking new, or old with lots of character. Friends, the gym or a park must be in walking distance. The city center is just a small journey away by bike or public transit.
How to recognize a Millennial interior
When I was researching the subject for this blogpost, I stumbled upon this post about Millennial men’s fashion. Somehow, this perfectly translates to the keywords that would describe this generation’s interior style. We are interested in where things come from, we like a story to accompany our furniture. “I bought this planter on this cute vintage market in this obscure neighbourhood in town!” is a sentence you would likely hear from one of us pesky Millennials.
We like staples that have proven their worth. Oriental rugs, Chesterfield sofas, sixties teak dining sets and quality box spring beds for me are examples of these kind of pieces. We’d like to be unique though. For example, we buy cheap but different accessories to decorate our place to reflect our identities. Above all, our place is comfortable. Electronics and kitchen appliances that make our live easier are more than welcome in our home.
The Millennial struggle, chasing the collective dream
We Millenials are the biggest generation on planet earth at this moment. However, when you combine this with the really specific way we want to live: a problem arises. The cost of living of the places we want to inhabit are way too high, which challenges us to be creative. Multiple sources say Generation Y has it difficult to own a home. This is mostly caused by the change in how work contracts have changed since the economic crisis. If any real estate developers are reading this: please build more one-bed-apartments in cities. We would be happier than ever and would stop talking about veganism with you ;-).
Rounding up: mutual understanding is key
Although it’s been said that Millennials are unmotivated, we really do want to make it big and change the world. Even though we sometimes might spend too much money on avocados on toast, but we mean well. What we Millenials have to understand, is that we are offered an enormous amount of opportunities. We don’t have to work hard with our hands to make it. What others have to understand is the influence of the present and all the aspects that come with it. Being connected and wishing for a live that’s not targeted at the happy house-with-a-yard dream makes it that we seem stuck up. This is not the case, we have realized that the “American dream” is not durable and doesn’t fit with the world of now and the future.
What did you think about this piece I wrote? Do you recognize yourself or people you know in the characteristics I have cited? Let me know in the comments or on Instagram! Thanks for reading, and wishing you a good one!