You knew this day was coming, and now it is a bittersweet moment. It 8 AM and your house is finally empty after 35 years. The kids have moved abroad to study and almost settled comfortably. You’ve the whole house to yourself and your significant other. Instead, flip your house and include a walk-in closet, extra bathroom, or dedicated crafting space.
- More closet space
Since your kids have moved out, here’s your opportunity to turn it into an extra room for all your dresses, expensive shoes, and maybe a vanity table for your everyday make-up essentials. Sort of like a walk-in wardrobe.
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- Go simple.
When you’re remodeling your house, many people feel it will cost a lot of money. In fact, it is the opposite and you end up saving money. Make a list of what you want in the new and remodeled room. Remember, less truly is more.
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3. Ask before you dispose of.
Before you decide to go ahead with remodeling of the room, sit down with your kids and note down the things they want to do away with. If you just fling out everything, it feels like you’re violating their space. Tread lightly!
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4. Décor de-clutter.
As we said before, you don’t need a lot of cash to change up the look of a room. For e.g. store away all the memorabilia in the living room and use that space for some wall hangings or other craft based products. It will most definitely add a spark to the room. Simple yet effective!
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5. Try something new.
Yes, very much so! It is never too late to pick up a hobby and pursue it. It could range from painting, to gardening and could go all the way to knitting. This might come in handy when you become a grandparent & knit a cute bed sheet for the little tyke. It also doubles up as a great boost to get over the empty nest syndrome.
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Now with your kids away, your chore list has been drastically halved. You no longer are doing laundry for the entire family or running around doing other errands. So flip your spare room and install the equipment and decorative lamps to create a calorie-burning room of your very own.
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7. Work from home.
With the increasing number of startups nowadays, many people have now turned their spare bedroom into tiny and functional office spaces. Also if you plan to sell your house post retirement for a tiny one, an office place at home adds more value on the selling price.
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8. Just leave it!
Sometimes the best thing is to leave the room as is. It will be like a cherished memory for you as a parent. You never know when your grandchild would love to spend her holidays. She would love a cozy room that your kid lived in. Maybe you could just store certain items in boxes and place it under the bed.
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There are so many other exciting ways to restore your empty house. And if you’re still looking for more space at home, box it, seal it and store it away, temporarily.