How to Reclaim Your Space After Children Fly the Nest

When kids leave the nest and go into their own homes, it’s a normal part of life. Many parents find themselves grappling with the phenomenon known as Empty Nest Syndrome. This emotional transition can be challenging, but it also opens up exciting possibilities for personal growth and rediscovery. There are things to look forward to, like celebrating your kids’ independence. But, at the same time, you are left with the decluttering. So here are five useful ways to combat empty nest syndrome.

Start small, room by room

Tackling the entire house at once can be overwhelming. Begin by decluttering one room at a time, focusing on areas that resonate with your current lifestyle. This will ease the stress of having to get everything sorted all at once as a strategy and structure can make things seem more manageable.

Speak to your children

Now this one seems the most basic way to combat empty nest syndrome but also arguably one of the most effective. Having a conversation with your kids about what to keep and what to throw away can be tough, but essential if your house needs a declutter.

Store their stuff in a remote place

If your kids want to keep some stuff but don’t want to take it with them, it is a useful idea to have a self-storage unit. You can get these units in various sizes and store them away to maximise space whilst ensuring you are not throwing any sentimental stuff your kids may have.

Sell, sell, sell

One other effective way to combat empty nest syndrome is to sell the stuff that may not hold any emotional value or be of any use to anyone. After all, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. This can be done in a variety of ways, such as online, stores such as charity shops and car boot sales!

It is also a fun way to get the whole family involved. Moving houses is not a cheap business, so the money raised from selling your kids’ stuff can be used to help them with this costly process.


Last, but by no means least, one way to declutter the house effectively is by donating unwanted stuff.

This is ideal for tackling empty nest syndrome as it is a way to deal with the sudden emptiness of your house by helping out others who may need your child’s unwanted items. Things such as exam books, stationery and accessories can always be given to other family members, while clothes and shoes can be taken to charity shops. For much larger items, such as pieces of furniture, they can go into self-storage or can be donated.

For more information on storage options, reach out to 1st Access Storage to help with your decluttering.