Blog :: 09-2018

New Empty Nesters – Now What?

As the summer comes to a close, it’s time for the kids to head back to school. But for some people, that means seeing their youngest child off to college and suddenly becoming empty nesters. This transition is a major life shift that can take time for even the most well-adjusted people to adapt to. The biggest question often is – what do I do with this sudden extra space? If you find yourself in this position, here are some of the things you may want to consider.

Redecorate

It isn’t necessary to change your home the moment your last child moves out of the house. It’s perfectly okay to keep their bedroom the way it is, especially if you expect them to visit home fairly often. But if the sight of those high school trophies or childhood toys is making you sad, don’t be afraid to do some redecorating. You can turn your child’s bedroom into a guest bedroom that’s more suitable for adults. Your child will stay have a place to stay, but it will also be comfortable for other out-of-town guests that you’d like to host now that you have more free time. 

Renovate

If you’d like to stay in your house, but you’re worried about how comfortable and safe you’ll be as you age, now may be a great time to do some serious renovations. Do you envision a life of entertaining now that the kids have moved out? Perhaps it’s time to redesign your living area and make it more open and conducive to large gatherings. Think about what your needs may be in 15 or 20 years and make those upgrades now, such as a walk-in shower, a first-floor master suite. If you imagine living in your home well into retirement, you can begin to transform your home now so that it will always suit your tastes and needs for many years to come.

Downsize

Maybe you’re looking around your family home and thinking that you really don’t need all this space any more. Or perhaps you love the idea of having less to take care of. Wouldn’t it be nice to never have to mow the lawn again? Some empty nesters dream about a life of travel as they reach retirement age, and worry that their large home will be too much to deal with when they’re out of town. Or maybe you’d love to live in a different city with a better climate or more attractions. There are many reasons why empty nesters may no longer wish to live in their current home.

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Back to School: Getting Your Home Ready

Back-to-school season is officially here. This time of year can often be hectic for parents, and it’s doubly so if you’ve just moved into a new house. Somehow, in the midst of unpacking, you’re supposed to get prepared for the school year ahead. While it may seem like an insurmountable task, it can be done. Here are our best tips and tricks to get your home ready for the upcoming school year without losing your mind.

Create a homework zone

If you’re just getting settled in, then take some time now to create a space that’s dedicated for homework. While it may be tempting to settle for the kitchen table, studies show that kids do better when they have a place that is specifically for homework.

Hang a calendar

Once the school year is in full swing, schedules fill up fast. This is especially true if you have more than one child in school. Invest in a large calendar and hang it in a central location such as the kitchen. Assign a different color marker to each member of the family and post appointments, practices, and lessons as soon as you find out about them.

Organize closets

Yes, unpacking can get tedious to the point where you just want it to be finished already. Don’t succumb to the temptation to throw stuff in a closet, thinking you’ll get to it later. Make it easy for kids to see what they have so there’s minimal drama getting ready for school in the morning.

Take inventory

As you’re unpacking, start taking an inventory of the school supplies you already have. Also note what clothes your kids have and what they may need in their new schools. Then make a list that you can take when you go shopping.

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