We know that there isn’t really a quick-fix solution out there for dealing with an empty nest. Watching your children grow up is one of the many joys that come with parenting. Watching them venture off to the next stage of their lives, on the other hand, can be an emotionally taxing process that will take some time to unfold.
When the time comes for your youngest child to venture out on their own to begin college or a career, you will likely be met with a slur of emotions like happiness, excitement, worry, fear, among many others. At the same time, you may also be thinking about what you will be doing with everything that your family, and children, have accumulated over the years to make more space in your home. Fortunately, there are many different storage solutions available for empty nesters that want to maximize their space.
Maximizing Uninhabited Space: Storage Solutions for Empty-Nesters
1. Turn Empty Rooms into Usable Spaces
You may have already thought about what you will do with your child’s room when they move out. Some parents look forward to the plans they have for the space, whether they involve turning it into a guest bedroom, home office, or man cave. Other parents, though, may find it difficult to consider cleaning out and changing the space into something other than their child’s room. However, doing so can be beneficial as it creates an actionable outlet, rather than serving as a constant reminder of their child’s absence. If you have always wanted a room in your home dedicated to crafting or other hobbies, now is the time to transform that unused bedroom! An empty bedroom can also be transformed into a home gym, fitness center, or a home office. With the right storage solutions in place, the possibilities are endless and you’ll have a safe place to keep your children’s belongings until they are ready to be returned to them or donated.
2. Start Organizing and Packing
Once you have decided what you want to do with your child’s room, the next — and perhaps most exhausting — step is to clean and organize everything. Hopefully the mess isn’t too bad and moving the existing belongings out doesn’t cause much stress or strain. To make this process a bit easier on yourself, consider investing in durable boxes or crates to store and protect any items that you or your children wish to preserve. Whether the room is big or small, it can be helpful to clean and organize different areas of the room one-by-one. For example, consider starting with the closet, then move the bed and what lies underneath, then maybe move onto the dresser. While no specific order is required, taking the time to clean and organize properly and uniformly will make storing or donating the items so much easier. Once the room is completely cleaned and organized, you’ll feel much more comfortable converting the space into something new.
3. Find a Place to Store Everything
Of course, you don’t want your new home office or media room to be full of boxes and crates — that takes away from it all! Therefore, before you think about splashing new paint onto the walls or installing new flooring into the space, you’ll need to find a spot to store everything. If you have space in the garage, attic, or basement, each can be a great area to store these belongings so that they are out of the way until they are needed once again. Keep in mind, however, you will want to make sure that items are stored in an area that is cool, clean, dry, and preferably dark. Some belongings, such as clothing, can become damaged if it is stored in an environment that is bright, damp, or too cold or too hot. If you don’t have the extra space in your home or are worried about the items becoming damaged, it may be worth considering looking into renting a storage unit. Or, better yet, you can utilize door-to-door storage services, like those offered by Doorage, for hassle-free storage solutions.
Doorage Provides Empty-Nesters With the Storage Solutions They Need
By following the tips above, you’ll have something to look forward to once your youngest bird is finally ready to leave the nest and take flight on their own. Becoming an empty-nester shouldn’t be viewed as a bad thing, but rather a new, exciting stage of life. At Doorage, we’re here to make your transition into an empty nester less of a hassle. With our door-to-door storage services, you can find the safe and secure storage you need for you and your child’s belongings without having to leave the comfort of your home or being required to pay for an entire storage unit rental. Using Doorage’s storage solutions are very simple and can be done in three easy steps:
- Estimate Your Storage Needs. Every empty-nester will have different storage needs. Some have a lot of items they want in storage, others have just a select few. No matter how much or how little you have to store, Doorage will help you determine how many eco-friendly reusable storage crates you will need sent to you and only charge you for the space said crates take up in our state-of-the-art storage facility
- Pack Your Crates. Once the crates are delivered to your doorstep, you’ll be able to begin packing them at your own pace. Once they are all packed up and ready to go, we’ll pick the crates up and deliver them to our storage facility — the need to get in your car and drive to a storage unit or carrier services is eliminated!
- Get Your Belongings Back When You’re Ready. You can keep your belongings in our storage facility for as long as you would like for the same affordable low-rate. Once you’re ready to have them delivered back to you, simply let the team at Doorage know and we’ll work to get your crates back to you as soon as possible.