Interiors Therapy & Feng Shui Mindset

Redefining The Empty Nest

Oct 26, 2023

The transition into the "empty nest" phase of life can be a bittersweet moment for many parents. As children grow up and move out to university or their own accommodation, the home that once echoed with their laughter and chaos can suddenly feel quieter and, well, emptier.

I’m experiencing this now for the second time! My daughter bounced back after University and has just relocated permanently after a glorious five years sharing our home.

The previous ‘once per child’ empty nest situation is now more like a boomerang coming and going in many homes.

While it's natural to feel a sense of loss during this time, it can also be viewed as a golden opportunity for personal growth and transformation. One way to embrace this change is by clearing clutter and reevaluating how the space within your home is used.

The Empty Nest Syndrome

Empty nest syndrome is a term used to describe the feelings of sadness and loss that parents often experience when their young adults leave home. It can be challenging to adjust to the newfound quietness and the absence of daily interactions with your kids. However, with a shift in perspective, you can turn this emotional transition into a positive and liberating experience.

Clearing Clutter: A Cathartic Release

As your children move out, they often leave behind a trail of possessions and memories. Their old toys, school projects, and childhood keepsakes can accumulate over the years, leading to clutter in your home. This is the perfect time to declutter and reclaim your space whilst respecting their personal possessions.

  • Sentimental Sorting: Begin by going through your children's belongings together, if possible. Allow them to decide what they want to keep, and what can be donated or discarded. This process can be a bonding experience, as it allows you to reminisce about the past while making room for the future.

  • Streamline Your Space: With extra rooms now available, consider repurposing them into spaces that reflect your current interests and needs. Whether it's a home office, a meditation room, or a cozy reading nook, you have the freedom to redesign your home to suit your lifestyle.

  • A Fresh Start: As you clear out the physical clutter, you will find it liberating and cathartic. It's a symbolic way of letting go of the past and making space for new experiences and adventures.Reevaluating Space and Purpose

Once the clutter is gone, you can take a fresh look at your home and how you use the space. This is a chance to create a more purposeful and harmonious environment.

You might think it’s a great idea to leave the child’s bedroom just as it was, but believe me, the first time they come back with a boyfriend or girlfriend in tow, they would prefer an elegant adult space to the Marvel posters, lego and assorted embarrassments of the average teen bedroom!

  • Redecorate with Intention: Consider redecorating your home to reflect your current style and preferences. Use Feng Shui principles to enhance the energy flow within your space and create an environment that supports your well-being.

  • Home Office or Hobby Space: Transform vacated rooms into a home office or a hobby space where you can explore new interests or rediscover old ones.

  • Guest Room Retreat: Turn a former bedroom into a cozy guest room, creating a welcoming space for friends and family to stay.

  • Open Living Spaces: As the nest empties, it may be an opportunity to remove unnecessary walls or barriers in your home, creating open and airy living spaces.A Time for Self-Discovery

The empty nest phase can also be a period of self-discovery and personal growth. With fewer daily responsibilities as a parent, you have more time to explore your own passions and interests. It's a chance to reignite your sense of self and focus on what brings you joy and fulfilment.

In conclusion, the empty nest syndrome, though challenging, can be transformed into a positive and liberating experience. Clearing clutter and reevaluating the way space is used in your home is not just about reorganizing your physical surroundings; it's about redefining your lifestyle and personal growth. Embrace this new phase of life as an opportunity to create a harmonious and purposeful living space that reflects your current dreams and aspirations.

Remember, your home is a reflection of your inner self, and as you transition into this new chapter, it can serve as a beautiful canvas for your personal journey.

If you have any questions or need guidance on clearing clutter or reimagining your living spaces, feel free to reach out to us for an Inspiration Taster Call. We're here to support you in making your house a nurturing and inspiring home.

Stay tuned for more tips and inspiration on decluttering, Feng Shui, and home transformation. Your empty nest is a fresh start, a canvas for your new adventures. Embrace it!