Over the years, I’ve helped many moms refresh their homes when the last child leaves the nest to start the next chapter in their lives.
 
After a period of mourning with the realization that an important chapter of their lives is over, they want to re-do the home in some way now that it’s a child-free zone once again.
 
Something wonderful happens with fresh starts. There’s excitement that comes with realizing new possibilities and no where is this more evident than the design of your home.
 
You’ve reached a new stage in your life—a place you’ve not been before. Your home needs to fit where you are now in your life and support your new goals.
 
Here are 9 ways that can help you with this transition and give both you and your home a fresh new start.
 
CLEARING THE CLUTTER
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It’s amazing how much clutter accumulates over the years, especially in areas like closets, drawers, the attic, basement and garage. You’ll have saved many things of the kids that really don’t need to be kept. You’ll probably find things of the children that they no longer will use or need as well. Now’s a good time to go through it all and discard.Be ruthless. You’ll feel giddy with joy and a wonderful sense of accomplishment when you’re through.
 
YOUR CHILD’S ROOM
He/she may be off to college but they;ll have breaks when they want to come home and have their room waiting for them. Change enough so you can use the space for your own needs, but leave enough so your child still feels welcome. Once they’ve graduated, all bets are off and that room becomes a space to do with as you please.
 
TIME TO RETIRE THE SECTIONAL
A useful piece of furniture while the kids were growing up. Now, however, might be the perfect time to replace it with smaller, cozier pieces. Consider a sofa and love seat, 2 smaller sofas, or a sofa and comfortable chairs.
 

HOME PROJECTS

After putting off renovations, now is the time to remodel your bathroom or kitchen. You’ve wanted to for years, but kept postponing it until the children were gone. No better time like the present to have that spa bathroom or a kitchen a chef would love to cook in.
 
SMALL CHANGES
You may not need a remodel. It may be that re-covering your sofa, changing out your bed linens, adding new accessories, or changing your paint colors is all you need for a design/decor face lift.
 
CREATE A GUEST SPACE
Your child’s bedroom can also be used as a guest room when it would otherwise stay vacant. Another idea is to replace the bed with a sleeper sofa and create a home office.
 
CREATE A BRAND NEW SPACE
You’ve wanted your very own personal library forever, or a special room to enjoy your hobbies. A perfect way to miss your child a little less is to give this space new life with a new purpose.
 
ENJOY THE LIGHTNESS OF BEING
You’ve always wanted a light-colored carpet and white furniture. You would never have indulged this desire while the children were growing up, but now you can. You’re free to decorate your home without restraints. Go for it. You’ve surely earned it!
 
If you or someone you know is facing the empty nest syndrome and would like help giving your home a free-at-last renewal, please email me at me@ nancymeadowsdesigns.com. I’d love to help you.
 
Until next time…
 
Blessings from my home to yours,
 
Nancy
Dedicated to helping YOU live your rooms—not the other way around
 
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  1. Emmerey Rose says:

    Awesome tips Nancy! 🙂 I was wondering, how much do you suggest a bathroom remodeling cost? would love to know your opinion. Thanks in advance!

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