Around the House | September 15, 2014
There are many transitional events throughout our lives when we might have to re-assess our belongings from marriage, to a child being born, to a child leaving home for college or a career, to later in life when it is time to downsize your home. As the children grow up and go to college leaving the home very quiet and empty, parents may start to go through a period of grief and loneliness that is commonly called “empty nest syndrome”. This time can be a challenge for some parents, but it can also be a great time to learn new things, create new spaces and explore new places. Doing all of these things will help parents start a new chapter in their lives.
One of the very first things that empty nesters need to do is decide what they want to do with their homes. Do they want to stay in the larger home or should they downsize to a smaller home, condominium or apartment? The next step is to assess the items in a child’s bedroom. This is a rite-of-passage for both the parent and the child. In fact, it is a good idea for the parent and the child heading off to college to work together to decide what to do with items in the room before the child leaves. Once the house is quiet, the parent can then delve into the de-cluttering project. Another good reason to have the child help with this process is because there are certain items that a parent might hold an emotional attachment to, but the child might not care. Once you have organized the child’s “stuff”, it is time to decide what to do with the empty bedroom space. The room can be turned into an office, craft room, exercise room, TV room, or it can serve many other purposes. It’s best to not turn the room into a “dumping ground” for stuff from the rest of the house. After the discussion with the child, move all of the items out of the room and sort them into boxes like you would for any other re-organization project: keep in room, place in storage, throw away, donate or sell. Renting a self storage unit is a great solution to store the items from your child’s bedroom. There might not be enough room in the home to store extra furniture and all of the smaller boxes of projects, trophies, stuffed animals and toys that the child has accumulated over the years. You might want to keep the larger items in the room, such as furniture, in storage for use after the child graduates from college and moves back home before starting their new life. If the child didn’t get a chance to go through their items before the re-organization project, then the empty nester can box them up and place them in storage and leave it to the child to decide what to do with the items. Storing the items in a self storage unit is especially important if the empty nesters decide to sell the larger family home for a condo or apartment! The reorganizing project can be a daunting one for empty nesters, so you don’t need to rush the process. Give the project a few hours a day until it is complete and you are satisfied with your new room. It could actually be fun to pick out new accessories and items for the room! ezStorage has 46 Baltimore, Northern Virginia, and Washington D.C. storage locations that have storage unit sizes perfect for any type of household storage needs. Stop in to one of our locations and see how we can help with storage options for empty nesters that are going through this transitional time in their lives.