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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

[Guest Post] Kids Grown Up and Moving Away? Build the Dream Life You've Always Wanted

About the Author: Paisley Hansen is a freelance writer and expert in health, wellness and interior design. When she isn’t writing she can usually be found reading a good book or hitting the gym or playing with her Australian Shepard.

Kids Grown Up and Moving Away? Build the Dream Life You've Always Wanted

When your children were small, you had visions of a big, beautiful house, and you finally achieved that perfect life. However, your kids have now grown up and are starting families of their own. The time has come for you and your husband to downsize and to choose your new dream home.

Location is Key

While location is generally a priority when you move, it's even more important now because you have more flexibility. For example, perhaps you've always wanted to live in a particular beachfront community but avoided it because the school district wasn't all that great. Now that the kids are finished with the school system, you don't need that worry weighing you down. You'll also have to decide if you want to be close to family or not. Both have their benefits. The former allows you to see the grandchildren grow up, and the latter might take you to your dream location.

House Layout

Individuals who have saved up enough money to do so might take this opportunity to purchase a huge Victorian in a thriving city or a sprawling ranch out in the country. However, you've decided that you definitely want a smaller home. Consider how many bedrooms you actually need. Having at least one for a guest is smart, but more than two is often unnecessary. Furthermore, consider how long you want to live in the house. If you are planning to stay there for the rest of your life, look for one with a bedroom and bathroom on the first floor. Climbing stairs can becoming challenging, and even impossible, as you age.

Features You Love

Since you are willing to opt for a smaller house and live in an area that might steer many young families away, you will likely have the money to implement some upgrades that you were always dreaming of. When the kids were young, perhaps you were afraid of them crashing into sliding doors as they ran around the house, but now, with sliding door hardware, you can stare out in the beauty of nature each morning as you drink your coffee.

Eliminate The Clutter

Keeping photos of your wedding and pictures that your children drew when they were young is fine, but you also don't want to have an immense amount of clutter in your new home. Go through all of your belongings when you are packing up to leave the old house, and make boxes for each of your children. Leave it up to them what they do with their old possessions, but no need exists for you to continue storing the clutter of your grown-up children. For those items no one wants to claim, donate them to charity.

Lower Your Bills

Not only can you get rid of physical clutter, but you can also work to eliminate a financial mess. If you still have debt from years of spending piled up, take some of the extra money from cutting back on your mortgage payment each month and allocate it to credit cards, student loans or whatever other debt you have. Additionally, you do not need to keep all of those fancy channels that the kids used to watch on television or air conditioners in every bedroom in the house.

Consider Senior Style Living

When you are old enough to qualify, consider moving into an apartment or a condo located in a senior complex. This residential areas often provide a plethora of activities for you to enjoy as you age. Examples include spas where you can get a massage, pools where the grandchildren can come to play and sports arenas where you can perfect those skills you started working on so very long ago.

Some parents are sad when their children are all moved out of the home, but this is the time for you to downsize and enjoy some of the most wonderful moments of your life.

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  1. A dream life sounds awesome, but...My oldest graduates from high school this spring...And I really don't even wanna think about it!
    Great guest post, though. I really enjoyed. =0)

    1. i mean for sure we do love to keep our kids in our home as long as we want kim♥ i don't blame you one single bit for not wanting to think about it...

      how is it going? huggies♥


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