It’s time to rethink your nest.
By now your newly minted college grad has moved out. Your princess has found her Prince Charming and left the castle. Their departures may leave you sad but look on the bright side. You have an extra room all to yourselves! What was once private domain is free space, ready to be transformed into whatever you want it to be!
The question now is what should it be?
This is the time to sit down with the spouse and make a list of what you want to do with the extra room plus bath and closet space. You could transform it into a shrine to your fledgling or keep it intact for when he or she returns on weekends and holidays. You could just keep it as is for a guest bedroom. Yet do you really want visitors to sleep in a room with the solar system splattered across the ceiling or fuzzy hot pink chairs littered about? If you’re going to have a guest room, then let it grow up. First get rid of the old furniture. Bring it to the Salvation Army. If you and the fledgling are sentimental about it, then store it in the attic for his or her future kids. Once that’s done and the room is completely empty , then repaint . You’ll have to remove those tape marks anyway so why not do it in one clean sweep. Now is the time to replace those adolescent purples, pinks and yes even blacks with soothing colors such as chocolate, sand and tan. Add wallpaper if you want to create a charming country inn look. Get a bedroom suite in the paler woods along with new sheets and comforters. Definitely get rid of the fledgling’s funky lava lamps and track lighting. Think about softer lighting that your future guests would like. Also consider new carpets. You can refurbish with some pretty ovals or go or wall to wall carpeting. It won’t get messed up now that there are no messy teen get togethers.Recheck the room’s outlets too during this time. You don’t want any problems when visitors plug in their appliances. This is also the time to look over the adjoining bathroom. You may want to get the tub refitted, or add a new sink. Check plumbing to make sure the pipes are in working order and aren’t rustng. Remember to also check for mold and wood rot as well. You don’t want weekend guests getting ill due to mildewing fixtures.
If you’re completely selfish then turn the empty nest into your nest. A regular home theater may not fit but that shouldn’t stop you from turning the area into a media room. You can still get a plasma TV complete with fancy sound system. This is also the time to move your DVDs and even old videotapes into the area. Think about adding a comfy sectional along with a few recliners. If you want, buy a sofa bed so you can still have a guest room. Another fun addition would be a mini fridge for snacks and drinks along with a wine rack. You can watch or listen to favorites as you feast on cheese and wine.
Hobbyists rejoice when their young’uns leave home. Their old rooms give parents more space to indulge their passion for creating things. If you’re into crafts this is the perfect time to transform the space into an atelier. Install squared shelving to hold yarns and fabrics. Buy easy to assemble cabinets that will hold everything from buttons to spools of thread to sequins. Think about placing a sturdy worktable for laying and cutting out patterns. Most hobby rooms have bright overhead lighting to help enthusiasts work on finer details. Set up overhead fixtures now before you go blind from sewing tiny stitches or painting miniature furniture. If you’re into music, then have a new stereo system installed along with racks to hold your CDs. You can also use Junior’s old room to store instruments and stands. Consider putting in a few glassed etageres to hold rare sheet music and antique metronomes.
Many empty nesters had an entirely different idea when dealing with the empty space. They converted the room into much needed closet inches. This enabled them to properly store seasonal clothes along with accessories without having stuff in jammed closets or up in messy attics. Closet conversion can be overwhelming but companies like California Closet can help you with the change over. They have units where shelving bars and cabinets are put up to guarantee wrinkle free , easy to grab clothing and shoes. You can build your own version if you feel their pricing (anywhere from $500 to $1300) is too expensive .Bed, Bath and Beyond, Target and K-Mart manufacture units suitable for an entire wardrobe. Also consider installing rails around the room to hold hangers . You can also pack your towels and linens in here if you want too, plus it’s great for storing sports and running gear.
Empty nesters shouldn’t feel sad when their fledglings leave the nest. It just means you have his or her old room again. Have fun with it creating the perfect guest room or retreat. The PS4 accessories and modifications will enhance the gaming experience of the gamers .The boosting of the console can be done through the accessories.
Turn that empty room into your own cozy little one!