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Nothing signals change more than your kids growing up, applying to colleges and then moving out be it into their own flat, university digs or even overseas. While it’s sad that they’re no longer living at home it’s important that you allow them to fly the nest. Of course, the big question is what do you do with everything they leave behind?
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Bag It All Up
Unfortunately, it could be a fair number of weeks, or months until they return home so unless you want to be tripping over old magazines, clothes and books every time you enter the room we suggest putting it all in bags, or boxes. Remember, they’ve already packed up the possessions that are most important to them, so you’ll be dealing with old toys, worn out trainers and, thanks to Amazon Video and Netflix, DVDs, CDs and videotapes.
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Ask What’s Important
It helps if you do this before they leave but it can be done over a Skype or Whatsapp call if necessary. Ask them what they wish to keep, donate or throw away and either do it all there and then or have them write a list so you can do a sort through when they’ve gone. Parents are often surprised about what eighteen, or nineteen-year-olds choose to hold onto including items which appear to have no sentimental value whatsoever.
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Choose A Storage Space
When it comes to storage you’ve got a few options depending on how much space you have. The most immediate solution is to bung it all in the garage or loft, making sure that boxes are securely sealed and labeled. However, this means your child’s stuff is taking up space in an already crowded area and you may resent the extra boxes. Another option is to hire a storage unit away from your property where everything’s neatly tidied away until they come home.
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Reclaim The Room
We’re not saying you should pretend your child never lived there but if they’ve moved into their own home then it’s ok to reclaim their bedroom. Why not replace their old single with a double guest bed? Check out a Dunlopillo mattresses guide for more information, then change the bedding to a more neutral color scheme and give the walls a fresh coat of paint. Do tell your child that you’re painting, decorating or moving furniture around before they come to visit because otherwise it’ll be a nasty shock for them. Children, no matter how old they are, still believe in the magic of their childhood home so leave old pictures and ornaments up.
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Set A Deadline
Make sure you give them a time limit i.e. When their stuff needs to be moved out of your home otherwise you will start throwing things away. Not only does it show your kids that it’s not fair having their junk clutter up your house but it teaches them the responsibility of organizing their belongings properly. Lots of young people ignore pleas from their parents for them to sort their stuff especially those away overseas, so make sure they know you mean business and they’ll be more likely to organize a trip to the tip.