Empty nest syndrome is a term used to describe the feeling of loss and loneliness that many parents experience when all of their children have grown up and left home. After at least two decades of focusing on family life, it can be a huge shock to find yourself left alone in the house. It will seem quiet and obscure. A house filled with hustle and bustle becomes silent and desolate. To an extent, your identity, routine and romantic relationships will change. You may no longer be a full time parent. There will be no more school runs, lifts to job interviews and big family dinners every night. You and your partner no longer play the role of mom and dad in your home. However, this time doesn’t have to be necessarily negative. You will have limitless refound freedoms. You can shift your identity to focus on you as an individual again. You will have extra time to do what you want to do. Your romantic relations can bloom with the house to yourself. When fledglings fly the nest, they leave behind a lot of mess. Feathers, broken shells, scraps of food and other unmentionables. Children are very much the same. So the first step to rebuilding your nest is to do exactly that. Have a complete interior overhaul.
You will find that your children leave an endless amount of bits and bobs behind. Especially if they’d previously lived in the same house for most of their lives. Of course, there are some things you might want to keep. School paintings. Drawings on the fridge. Homemade Christmas decorations. But you don’t have to keep everything. Stray Lego pieces from a decade ago, piles of rock music magazines and board games with numerous pieces missing can all go straight into the recycling. Invite your children around to help you sort through everything. There may be certain things they want to keep for sentimental value. Everything else can be donated to charity, recycled or taken to the skip.
Now you have an empty room; you have a fresh canvas for your new interior design. This is where the fun starts. You can tackle your overhaul yourself, or you can bring in professionals, such as www.TheRenovationCompany.com.au. Either way, there’s plenty to think of. Wall colors, flooring, and lighting, are perhaps the first things you want to consider. Then comes furniture and accessories and other home comforts. The options are limitless and all depend on what you’re going to do with your new spare rooms. Perhaps a nursery for any grandchildren that might be on the way. An office to write or do your work from maybe. A spare room for guests is always a beneficial addition to any home. Whatever you decide on, you can decorate the room accordingly. Remember to consider storage solutions if anything is being kept in the room. These could range from bookshelves to under bed storage to making the most out of any cupboard space available.
As your new nest comes together, you will find yourself feeling more content with your new lifestyle. Having a comfortable home that you feel content in will radically reduce negative energy and stress in your day to day life.