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For many years your refrigerator was covered with drawings and pictures, closets were full of toys and dolls, and your floor was covered in Legos. However, at some point, after all your kids have moved away, it will be time for you to reorganize and declutter your home.

This can seem like a huge and somewhat impossible task, but it doesn’t have to be. Use the tips and information here to minimize the stress of this process.

Renovate Your Space

If you are a bit sentimental, then you may have a hard time looking at all your child’s belongings and thinking about packing them up or putting them away. However, by renovating their room, it may help you get a fresh start and look to the future.

Instead of moping around and looking at all their collections, trophies, and memorabilia, start putting them away. You don’t have to get rid of them, but now is a good time to pack these things away in totes and store them in your basement or attic. If you don’t have enough storage at home, consider renting a storage space. This is going to make decluttering the space a bit easier.

Once you have everything put away, it’s time to add a new coat of paint, some new curtains, and new bedding. This can help brighten up and freshen the space and improve your mood and emotional state.

Make A Creative Conversion

Is your child moving away? Do you currently have another guest room? If so, then you don’t have to keep this space as a bedroom. You can re-purpose the space for something you enjoy. For example, do you enjoy crafting or sewing? Does your husband want a place to play his guitar in peace? If so, you may want to convert the room into the perfect space for your hobby. Other ideas include turning the room into a home gym, recreation room, or even an office. The options are limitless, so go ahead and use your imagination.

Preserving Your Memories

If you are like many parents, you may want to keep your child’s room exactly the same after they have left the house. This is especially important if you expect them visiting often during summer breaks or the holidays. Chances are, your adult child will enjoy being able to come home to a familiar space for a few days. If you don’t want to make changes to the room after your child has moved away, that’s fine. You can leave things as they are. Remember, each person and family are will decide what type of change they need or don’t need in their own, unique way.

Be Our Guest!

Have you always wanted to let out-of-town friends or family members stay with you while visiting, but never had the space? If so, then you may want to consider redoing the newly vacated bedroom to serve as a guest room. To do this, just purchase a new bed set, clear out the clutter, and put in some appealing accents, then you will be able to use the space as your new guest room. You can even let your visiting adult child use it when they are in town, so it is a win-win situation when it comes to this new space.

Organizing Your New Space

Instead of trying to get rid of all the clutter found in your child’s bedroom, you can use the space to organize the clutter, as well as other areas around the house. There are many people who can benefit from having a designated “catch-all” storage location in their home. If you don’t have a basement or attic to put away holiday decorations, excess clothing, or other unused items, then this room may provide you with the extra space you need. You can even add new storage into the space, such as totes, file cabinets, shelving and more. This will provide you with a more organized storage space.

As you can see, decluttering and organizing your home after your child or children leave doesn’t have to be sad or negative. You can freshen up your home and the space, making it even better than before. Be sure to use the tips here to make the most out of your newly opened space.

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