There comes a time for every parent when their child eventually outgrows the nest and flies away. This is usually a time of mixed emotions. On the one hand, you’re happy you’ve raised a healthy, competent, independent adult. On the other hand, there is always some melancholy when a chapter closes in our lives. If you are debating what to do with your grown child’s room once they have left the house, and you want to know when it’s a good time to start considering storage, below are some tips to help you decide.
If your kid has gone away to university somewhere else in the country or the world, there is a good chance that they are going to be making several trips back and forth during their undergraduate degree. If this is the case, you might want to hold off on moving things like the bed and other furniture until that process is over. You can have them pack up their clothing and anything that could be considered a decoration, and place those items into storage preemptively.
While you will never truly shut the door on your grown children, once they have signed a lease on their first apartment, you can reasonably conclude that this is the beginning of full independence. If they have a full-time job and a place of their own, their stuff is their responsibility, or it’s going into furniture storage. If they don’t want to take their old furniture off your hands when moving out, then it should go into a self storage unit.
You’re Converting the Room into Something Else
Once grown children have moved out, many people start to plan alternate uses for what used to be their bedrooms. Home offices, craft workshops, guest rooms, or extra storage are all reasonable uses for excess bedrooms. The point is that once you know for sure they are out on their own living a completely independent life, you are free to do as you wish with the space that was their bedroom, and all of their furniture should be placed into furniture storage.
Packing up a grown child’s room and putting all of those memories into furniture storage or a self storage unit can take some courage, but it’s not like you’re saying goodbye to your children, just their things. They might want to have those things in storage so that they can decide in the future what is worth keeping and what they want to get rid of or donate, or you might decide that their old furniture can be repurposed, or given to someone else in need.