The Benefits to Parents of an Empty House

As a parent, watching your child move out of the house as they embark on their own new lives may leave you with a mix of emotions. On the one hand, you are proud of your child for what they’ve done and for the person they have become. On the other hand, you may feel sad because this chapter of your life may be ending. It is an important time in your life and that of your child, but the sadness you are probably feeling may make it difficult, if not impossible to see all of the potential benefits of your new empty house.

Here is a look at some of those benefits.

*Freedom to travel –

If you’ve wanted to travel, but haven’t been able to do so because you had to be concerned about the expense, now that your children have moved out, you no longer have to worry about supporting them. You can consider taking some of those trips you’ve wanted to take and visit the places you’ve dreamed of seeing.

*Home improvement projects –

If you have had to hold off on doing certain home improvement projects because the priority was helping the kids, you no longer have a barrier that is holding you back from doing that. Maybe you want to redo the kitchen and replace the grungy old cabinets and decades old Formica counters. Maybe you’ve dreamed of having a master bedroom with an en suite bathroom. That is also something you can think about doing now.

*More space for yourself –

If you are like most people, you have accumulated a lot of “stuff” over the years, and finding places to put that stuff may be challenging, if not altogether impossible. Now that your child is gone, you may be able to appropriate some of that space that your child had been using – whether it be a closet, a room, the basement or any other space. Now you can have a space where you can go to shut out the world, or maybe a craft or game room you’ve always hoped to have.

If your child had their own bathroom, this may mean that it is now possible for both mom and dad to have bathrooms of their own. Having a bathroom all to yourself is a real luxury. Maybe this will mean that there will no longer be the problem of seeing who can get to the shower first in the morning so you can get to work on time.

*Your time is your own –

After all these years of having to consider your children before yourself or your spouse, you are now free to do as you please because your time is your own. You won’t have to make different meals for every member of the family, and you won’t have to answer to anyone else. You will be able to do some of the things you’ve always hoped to be able to do.

Helping your children get to the point where they are ready to go off on their own has been a huge undertaking, both psychologically and financially. Although you may feel a tinge of sadness at the realization that your children are finally grown up adults who can take care of themselves, you will quickly learn to appreciate all of the benefits of an empty house. It will afford you the opportunity to do many of the things you may always have wanted to do but had to hold off on because of financial considerations. The quiet, the extra space, the ability to spread out and really enjoy the house again will be pleasantly surprising.. Enjoy that empty house because after all you’ve done for your children, you certainly deserve it.