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Finding Fulfillment When You’re an Empty Nester

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Now that you find yourself suddenly an empty nester, because all your children have flown the nest, you may be wondering how to fill your time and adjust your priorities. So, we’ve come up with three strategies to find fulfillment as you reorganize your living space, find peace, and learn to enjoy your empty nester’s life.

Reclaim Your Empty Nester Space

Once your adult kids have moved out and into their own homes, take time to do a thorough declutter of your house and dispose of anything that doesn’t serve a purpose any longer. You’ll be amazed at how much space you can gain by donating, selling, or throwing away what you don’t use. Enhance your organizing efforts by investing in high-quality storage bins and organizers from meori!

Now is also a good time to organize all your important paperwork, such as insurance policies and property titles. So scan and digitize your documents, then properly dispose of files you don’t need any longer. For papers that bear important information about yourself or your finances, such as your social security or bank account numbers, consider using a paper shredder instead of merely tossing them into the recycling bin: you’ll keep yourself better protected against identity fraud. You can also secure your documents by converting them to password-protected PDFs. Click here for a tool that lets you convert other file types into PDFs which you can save as new files. 

Give Your Home and Garden a Makeover

Fewer people in your home means more space for yourself and for entertaining guests. So look around you: there are probably a few home improvements you’ve been putting off over the years, and now is the perfect time to finally get started! Whether you want to give your walls a fresh coat of paint, refinish your hardwood floors, update a bathroom, or add a brick patio outside your kitchen, you and your partner can put your heads together and come up with a plan to get those jobs done.

And if you have a backyard, consider the health benefits of planting a garden and tending to it. Not only will you beautify and add value to your property, but you’ll also get a full-body workout and a healthy dose of vitamin D to keep your bones strong. Even if you don’t have any gardening experience, you can find a wealth of expert advice, tips, and tutorials on the internet to get you started on this wonderful hobby.

Empty nester couple working in the garden
Adding a garden to your empty nest adds value and is good for your health.

Go on a Fun Trip

Taking a vacation can be a lot cheaper and much more enjoyable when you’re not limited by your kids’ school schedules. Traveling off-season or going on a short trip during the week means you won’t have to deal with throngs of vacationers, and you’ll have better chances of finding discounts on airfare, hotel rooms, and other amenities when you can be flexible on your dates and times. Some highly sought-after spots are still quite expensive, though, so learn some tips on saving money while you travel.

When your children have become adults and are no longer living at home, take this time as an opportunity to do something for yourself: go on vacation, make some home improvements, or start a new hobby. You’ll find fulfillment in doing the things you love, relaxing, and making new memories.

What’s on your bucket list of trips once the kids are out of the house?

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