As the housing market and economy continue to flounder, families are turning to an option that was out of vogue during the McMansion age: it’s back to the Brady Bunch era, having siblings share rooms.

Globally, and historically, private bedrooms for siblings have been the exception, rather than the rule. Most children around the world share bedrooms with their siblings, and sometimes with their parents. But in the U.S., houses have grown larger in recent years, while family sizes have remained roughly steady at around 2 kids. In 1991, the average American home had 1,672 square feet and 53 percent had three or more bedrooms, according to the Washington Post, citing Census data. By 2007, it had grown to 1,789 square feet, and more than 60 percent had three or more bedrooms. And know that is all changing, back to the basics.

Source: Washington Post & WSJ

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