So the day has finally come. You’ve spent the last eighteen years caring for your little bundle of joy and now they’re all grown up, ready to venture out into the big wide world by themselves. You can still remember bringing them home from the hospital, dressing them up in those Babygros your mother gifted you and wondering how something so tiny could make such disruptive amounts of noise.
Time sure flies by. They’re all grown up now and heading off to University, or they may be jetting off on a fantastic gap year to the other side of the world. For a lot of parents, their children flying the nest can be a difficult experience. You wake up one morning and suddenly you’ve got so much time on your hands. You’ve no-one to take to dance classes or football matches. There’re no shoes at the bottom of the stairs to move and there’s no need to pick all the kidney beans out of the chilli. Your house is yours again!
What to do When Your Kids Leave Home
What are you supposed to do with all this newfound free time? Well, pick up a hobby of course! Whether it’s something you started once upon a time and want to start again or a brand-new endeavour, your child leaving home is the perfect chance to do what you want to do.
And what better place to start than by turning their newly vacated bedroom into a hobby room? There’s no sense in letting all that space go to waste! Here’s just some ideas for what you can do with that newly acquired room:
Create a Home Office
In a world rapidly switching online, having an office at home can sometimes feel like a necessity. An office right in the comfort of your own home is a wonderful place to knuckle down and do some work. It may be work for your actual job or finally writing that book you’ve always been meaning to get around to. It’s far easier and more peaceful to work away in a private room all by yourself than at the kitchen table. Not to mention you’re free from the constant interruptions of a moody teenager nagging you for a lift to their friend’s house.
Turn it into a Workshop
Now that you’re done raising children, you can finally start all those crafts you wanted to take up. Whether it’s getting out the sewing machine for making your own clothes or that saw to finally build that bookcase, consider transforming your child’s old room into a space where you can let your creativity flow. You could even consider starting your own business by selling your creations on sites like Etsy.
Transform it into an Art Studio
For the artist, what better way to hone your craft than by having your very own art studio? An entire room for just you and your canvas, with plenty of space to store all your brushes and paints. Even if you’ve never tried your hand at creating artworks before now, why not start now? Even just clearing some space and starting out with a desk and some pencils is a great way to find out if creating art is for you.
A Guest Room
Alternatively, if you have all the space you need for your hobbies you could always keep your child’s room as it is and turn it into a spare room for guests – including your own child when they come to visit. You may want to do a little bit of interior design to give the room a bit of a makeover. Maybe take down those superhero posters and move the teddy bears somewhere else – but for the most part it’s pretty much a done job.
Your Very Own Gym or Yoga Room
The hardest part about going to the gym is, well, actually going. However, with a spare room at your disposal you can transform that space into your very own gym or exercise studio. It could even be a great place to start some yoga or meditation classes with some friends. Simply clear the space, purchase some exercise or yoga equipment and you’re ready to go! You could also deck it out with some mirrors, a TV or music speaker for relaxing music which could make it more authentic and feel like a place for relaxation. In the fast paced world we live in, you now have the perfect place where you can have that well-earned down time.
A Place for Your Books
Are your shelves overflowing with books? Are they being piled on top of each other because there’s just nowhere else for them to go? Well, take this newly acquired room and turn it into your very own library. Line the walls with shelves, fill them up with all your books, get some comfy seating and that’s all there is to it! You’ll have your very own cosy reading nook – right in your own home.
A Nursery for the Grandchildren
This might seem a little forward thinking, and your child might not appreciate it right now, but perhaps one day there will be a new little bundle of joy coming to visit. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have a space for the grandchildren to play and sleep without disturbing the rest of the household? All you need is a cot, a small bed and a basket of toys and that’s enough to make any space welcoming for children.
A Giant Wardrobe
A walk-in-wardrobe is a luxury for most of us – and one that you are now in a position to create. Whether it’s just for one person or for the rest of the family, a walk-in-wardrobe is a great way to store all your clothes and provide plenty of space to get dressed too. You can add some mirrors, a dressing table for jewellery and make-up and even a washer and dryer if you wanted to make the space truly efficient. If you’re always struggling for space to keep your winter clothes in summer and your summer clothes in winter, a walk-in-wardrobe could be the answer.
Put Your Child’s Belongings in Storage
Before you do anything with your child’s old room, you’re going to need to figure out what to do with all their belongings. Your child won’t be able to take all their stuff to University with them, but they will probably want to keep it for future use when they eventually move into a house of their own.
Fortunately, you can store your child’s belongings in a self-storage unit with Smart Storage. We offer safe, secure self-storage units in a wide range of sizes. You can store with us for as long as you like and only rent as much space as you need. We offer storage in Liverpool, storage in Preston, storage in Wirral, storage in Warrington, storage in Widnes and storage in Altrincham. Contact us today to find out more about our self-storage services.