Published: January 02, 2020
August is the time for kids to leave for college or new jobs and local parents are celebrating with a new trend sweeping our area and the country called “Empty Nest Fests”!
The “Empty Nest Fest” craze went viral this year as parents in the U.S. and across the globe posted pics on social media of breaking out the bubbly as their last kid leaves home. Parents are partying to finally enjoy alone time, a romantic vacation, sell the house and downsize or at least transform junior’s junkyard (a.k.a. bedroom) into an office, gym or man cave.
To help local parents prepare for their “Empty Nest Fests,” folks at UNITS Moving and Portable Storage created the “Empty Nest Fest” Checklist.
“While parents are of course sad the kids are leaving, they eventually find happiness with more time to themselves and to finally straighten up their homes that have felt cluttered, unorganized, and out of control for years” says Michael McAlhany, founder and CEO of UNITS Moving and Portable Storage, a national franchise with moving and storage pros in our area. “We came up with the “Empty Nest Fest” Checklist to help parents regain the peace of mind and freedom that comes with organization and extra space now that the kids have hopefully flown the coop for good.”
“Empty Nest Fest” Checklist
Hanging Closet Organizer — to save family-favorite board games you won’t keep out until the kids come back to visit.
High Ceiling Shelves — to hold family-favorite books so they don’t take up space.
Hanger with Shower Rings – to hold clothes so they don’t crowd closets.
Decorative Suitcases – to hold seasonal favorites like blankets, pillows, jackets, etc.
A survey by AARP finds:
> When soon-to-be empty-nesters think about their kids moving out, most worry about their children (66 percent) and about missing their children (65 percent).
> Most current empty-nesters (69 percent) say they have become more comfortable with being an empty-nester over time.
> Even though-soon-to-be empty-nesters worry, most (76 percent) hope their children do not move back home one day.
> Nearly three quarters (74 percent) of current empty-nesters say they are comfortable and enjoy their empty nest; 75 percent say it took them six months or less to adjust to having no children in the home.
Call your local UNITS Moving and Portable Storage location to see how you can hold your own Empty Nest Fest!