The kids are all grown up and are moving out. The house is all yours, but maybe it still feels like they’re at home because they left stuff at home. Mementos they left behind may include school yearbooks dating back to kindergarten, a robotics project for a competition at the local science center, or report cards. Reclaim your home with these tips specifically for empty nesters.
Agree on What to Toss or Donate
Have yourself and your young adult child go through everything together and decide what should be tossed out, donated, or kept. With both of you in the room, it prevents something from accidentally getting junked. You’ll both avoid hard feelings down the line. Have distinct piles for what you are keeping and what’s getting donated.
Decide on Where to Keep items
Once you’ve decided on what’s staying, you can then decide on who will keep certain items and where to store them. There may be things that your adult child may want later when they start their own families, such as high chairs, extra dishes, appliances, or children’s books. Consider placing these items into storage containers and closed bins. The containers can then be stacked to free up floor space. Containers also make it easy when loading up a car.
For larger furniture pieces, such as extra mattresses and standing dressers, you may be willing to keep them in your attic or garage. Always make sure to place mattresses into zippered plastic covers to protect them from dust, moisture, and mildew.
Place Items on Display
For items that hold sentimental value, don’t just place them in a box that will be forgotten in the attic, basement, or garage. Put them on display and make your home feel more personal. A customized shelving system or wall unit provides ample shelf space to feature artwork, knickknacks, photos, and other items. Photobooks are a great way to organize and show off your favorite photos.
For holiday-specific items, place them in specific drawers, cabinets, or containers. Give your storage systems a new, refreshing look by rotating in these items.
Becoming an empty nester doesn’t have to be stressful or sad. By clearing out your home, you’ll be able to cherish those around you and make room for new hobbies and activities. Your bedrooms can become a small gym or craft area while still offering a place for loved ones to come back home to.
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