Advice For The Not-So-Empty Nesters

Helping your children move on to the next stage of their life is a strange time, one full of many different emotions and new experiences. One experience you probably weren’t expecting, however, is the mountain of stuff they leave for you to deal with – especially if you thought you were going to get to use their vacated space for a new walk-in wardrobe!

“Crowded Nest” Syndrome is becoming increasingly common. A recent survey from an insurance company has found that an estimated £2.4 billion worth of belongings are left in the “warehouse of Mum and Dad” when children move out, and you may be left scratching your head when deciding what to do with it all.

Why does it happen?

There are many reasons why children may move out. They may be heading off to university, they may have found a new job, or maybe they’re moving in with a partner. Regardless of the reason, they are unlikely to need all of their possessions (or want to go through the effort of moving them), and so they naturally stay where they are. Old clothes, books, and items with sentimental value – you name it, they’ve probably been left for you as an unwanted parting gift.

Whilst they are excitedly starting this new chapter of their life you are left to deal with the clutter. Understandably, you want to find a way to deal with it, but it is important to do it in the right way.

What should you do?

There are a few different approaches you can take when beginning to tackle what is certainly a daunting task. But firstly, we’re going to focus on what not to do and as parents, this should be quite obvious: NEVER throw anything out without asking first! What might look useless to you could be treasure to someone else, so we’d always recommend tackling your clutter collaboratively so that any room for misunderstandings is minimised. Talk to them, prioritise what is to be kept and what is to be discarded and you’ll be on your way to a clutter-free life in no time.

“We’ve prioritised and decluttered, but we still have a surplus of belongings. What now?”

Here’s where we come in!

At Spaces & Places we’re proud to offer some of the most affordable and secure self-storage facilities in all of the UK. Whether you’re in need of space for a bed, a wardrobe or simply some old clothes carrying too much sentimental value for you to part with just yet – don’t worry, we’re here to accommodate it all.

Whichever site you choose, whether that be Manchester, Nuneaton & Atherstone, Middlewich or Winsford, you’ll be able to relax – safe in the knowledge that all of those possessions held nearest and dearest are as secure as could be.