Empty Nesters: What Do You Do Now?

Empty Nesters: What Do You Do Now?

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When the time comes for your children to move out of the house, it can sometimes leave parents feeling as if a part of their identity and sense of purpose has left with them. Even though the symptoms of Empty Nest Syndrome are not clinically diagnosed, there are a number of things parents can do to combat and cope with the transition.

Learn what it is like to have free time again! Here are 10 ways empty nesters can transition from a busy household to a simpler schedule.

1. Bon Voyage!

Couple reading a map

 

Since your schedule is no longer tied down by your children’s school calendar or extra curricular activities, booking that flight to Paris or a cruise to the Bahamas has never been easier! Since you have no one’s schedule to consult but your own, especially if you are retired, you are able to enjoy a new adventure at a moments notice!

2. Reconnect With Your Other Half.

Couple Walking

When it comes to raising a family, schedules can be chaotic and alone time with your significant other can be hard to come by. Now that your children are out of the house, spend some of that uninterrupted time reconnecting with each other. If you are finding that you are a little out of sync, some of the best ways to feel connected again are to implement a weekly date night, plan a trip, or enjoy a favorite hobby together.

If you are a single parent, chances are your child always came first. Now it is time to put yourself first! With your children out of the house, this extra time will allow you to expand your connections and can open up your life to new friendships or romantic interests.

3. Revisit Your Friendships.

Group of Friends

Besides reconnecting with your spouse, it is also important to reinvest in friendships. Find those friends that you may have lost touch with over the years while you were raising your family and schedule a time to get together to catch up. You may also be able to reconnect with friends who have recently become empty nesters and can learn how they coped with the transition. To ensure that you do not lose touch again, make it a point to schedule a dinner together once a month, form a book club, or plan a group traveling excursion.

4. Expand Your Space.

Painting

One of the hardest things for some parents is trying to figure out what to do with their child’s room after they move out. To make this part of the transition easier, figure out how your child feels about their room before they move out. If they are okay with the space being converted into something different, packing up the room together can be a very special moment between you and your child. If there are items your child wants to keep, but you don’t have room for, research self storage facilities in your area and find a facility that will best suit your storage needs.

If your house now seems too big, downsizing to something smaller and more manageable may be something empty nesters will want to consider. Now is the time to buy that swanky condo you always dreamed about or relocate to a different area that will be a better fit for your new lifestyle.

5. Explore Your Interests.

Golf

Before having a family, were you a great golfer, painter, or gardener? Now that you have more of those quiet moments you secretly craved while your children were at home, grab your gardening gloves or paint brush and dedicate your extra time to a hobby you once loved, but didn’t have time for.

6. Go Back to School.

Library

Since you will not be having to help your children with their homework or have to monitor their progress in the classroom, you could enroll in a few classes of your own. If going to college or furthering your existing degree is something you have always wanted to do, now is the time! Enroll today and advance your current skill set or learn something new!

7. Volunteer Your Extra Time.

Volunteers

Volunteers and the helping hand they provide within their community is always appreciated. If you are looking to fill some of your extra time, consider looking for a community group or organization that is in need. If you have a special skill set such as photography, writing, teaching, or gardening, consider looking for a position that would allow you to execute projects using the skills you enjoy.

8. Set Goals For Yourself.

10K

Since soccer practices, dance recitals, graduations, and other activities your children participated in no longer make up the majority of your schedule, this is your time to do things you have always wanted to do, but never had the time for. Sign up for that 10k you have always wanted to cross off your bucket list, perfect your favorite yoga pose or work toward advancing your skill set at work.

9. Invest in Your Health.

Girl lifting dumbells

Ever since your children were born, you have put their needs ahead of your own. Make yourself a priority again! With your children out of the house, now is the time to invest in yourself and your health. By creating an exercise regime that works for your new child-free schedule, you will be able to not only find a new activity you love, you will also benefit physically and mentally from your new routine. Whether it is just a quick jog around the block or a 12-mile bike ride, studies have shown that exercise does improve your mood and overall well-being.

10. Be Proud of Your Milestone Moment!

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One of the best ways to ease the emotional transition of being an empty nester is to reflect on everything that your family accomplished while your children were living at home. Raising a family is not easy and the accomplishment should be celebrated! By reflecting on what they have already accomplished, you can be confident that your children will know what it takes to continue on the road to success. Your children will also find comfort in knowing that they still have their number one cheerleader rooting for them!

Downsize to a Smaller Living Space with Self Storage

Downsize to a Smaller Living Space with Self Storage

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Whenever you’re changing homes, you have a lot to think about. Let Storage.com help you navigate the process with tips on buying, selling, or renting, or with some additional space to help along the way.

One of the inevitable truths about moving is that the cost of living—and the affordability of spacious housing—varies from city to city. The cost of renting a home or apartment in a metropolis like Chicago or New York will naturally be much higher than the cost of renting the same amount of space in a suburb. Not to mention you’ll also have to make up for the higher costs of groceries, utilities, and other regular living expenses when moving to a larger city. In order to accommodate the higher costs of living, most people downsize to a smaller residence.

However, downsizing might leave you with very little at-home storage space. Instead of selling possessions or immediately upgrading to a larger home (which costs more), have you considered moving your additional possessions into a self storage unit? Here are some of the ways self storage can be of service when downsizing your home.

Use Self Storage to Make Up for Lost Square Footage

One thing to remember about downsizing your home is that losing a couple hundred square feet is a much bigger loss than it sounds. If you go from a 2,000-square-foot suburban home to a 900-square-foot apartment in the city, you’re losing several room’s worth of storage space. If your old place had a basement or attic, you can count on losing that, as that is usually the first extra room to go in smaller residences. Now all of those storage items you had before need a new place to stay.

This is where self storage becomes handy. A 5×10 storage unit can accommodate a mattress and dressers–basically, an entire bedroom’s worth of belongings. If your loss amounts to, say, three rooms’ worth of space, you’ll want to rent a 10×15 or larger. If your new place is half the size of your old one, a 10×20 might be more suiting. In any event, be sure to check out our Self Storage Size Guide to determine the amount of space you’ll need.

With your storage unit, you can keep related items grouped together (keeping an inventory of your storage items helps.) The beauty of the situation is that you’ll have all of these items handy until you can afford a larger living space.

Store Items You Only Need Occasionally

Before you start downsizing your home, you need to decide which items you want to put into storage. In doing so, the best place to start is picking out anything you do not use on a day-to-day basis, such as seasonal items. You only need your winter clothing and gear for a few months out of the year, and they’ll only take up closet space afterward. The same applies for your summer clothes and sporting equipment. With self storage, not only can you remove unneeded seasonal items from your household, but you can also swap them out as the seasons change. This swapping technique will also save you cost in storage, as you can now settle for a smaller storage unit.

How about recreational equipment? You’ll certainly want to have your golf clubs handy on a day set aside for fun, but these items will only take up space whenever you’re not using them. With a self storage unit, however, you can easily move these out of your place of residence and still have no trouble accessing them whenever you want to have some fun outdoors. Downsizing your home will likely result in either downsizing your garage space or losing it altogether, so having a self storage unit to store your giant garage toys (ATVs, snowmobiles, boats, etc.) is also useful.

Speaking of the garage, don’t forget: owning a home or apartment with a garage typically adds a little more to your expenditures. With automobile storage, however, you can store your vehicle and still have regular access to it. If the facility is located close to where you live, it’s not much different than parking your car in an off-site garage, except for less money! Most self storage facilities can accommodate vehicles of all sizes, from ATVs to full-sized boats and RVs.

Sentimental Items

You obviously don’t want to throw away your trophies, family photo albums, heirlooms, or any belonging with a personal, sentimental history to it. At the same time, though, keeping them in a cluttered household only increases the chance of your personal belongings becoming damaged or destroyed. Items such as these are also nice to show off at parties and gatherings, but you don’t need them out on display all the time. If you have a unit at a well-equipped storage facility, you can move your sentimental belongings into a safe, secure location where they will be preserved until you need them or until you can afford a larger living space.

Useful Amenities to Have When Downsizing

When storing personal belongings, especially items of a sentimental nature, guaranteeing their security is an absolute must. So be on the lookout for storage operators who can provide amenities such as video surveillance, on-site management, individually alarmed units, and gated access. Delicate items such as photographs, electronics, cotton clothing, and wooden furniture do not fare well in harsh temperatures, so invest in a climate-controlled storage unit to make sure that the unit remains between 55-85 degrees Fahrenheit.

Despite the fact that your storage unit will be separate from your residence, it would benefit you to have it located close to where you live. If your storage unit is a short distance away, you can access it more regularly.

Seeing plentiful space go away is probably the most staggering change when downsizing a home, but with self storage, you can make up for this. With adequate space and convenient location, it’s not much different than having a basement separate from your home.

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  • http://supercheapselfstorage.com.au/facilities/sydney/greater-sydney/north-shore/ ericbosloor

    Downsizing is the perfect timing for you to de-clutter and get rid of any unwanted or unused belongings which you have been hoarding all this while. Yes, some things are simply too valuable to dispose of but it actually does help you save on space which you would need to calculate in order to rent just the right-sized storage unit for the rest of the excess items.