Empty nest syndrome is very real. After dedicating years to raising children, and putting them first in life, suddenly they move out. Of course, you understand that this will and should happen, it still does not make it easy. Parents don’t come with an on and off switch. Instead of rattling around in that big, old house, that now seems even bigger, why not downsize and make your life easier? There are some great alternatives to staying in the family home. Read on to learn more about them, and then choose the option that best suits you.
Buy an RV
While the kids are off living their lives as adults, you get to do and see the things that you couldn’t, while you were raising your family. Sell the house, buy an RV and spend your time traveling around the country. Visit each state or see the attractions that you’ve always wanted to see.
Move into an Adult Community
Do you love adult activities and companionship? Move to an active lifestyle retirement community. These adult only, communities have other residents just like you. Residents often plan activities, and these properties often have plenty of amenities for residents to enjoy. It’s a great way to stay active and busy during your retirement years. These communities are also wonderful places to find new friends. Seeing others, who are your age, being so active can also help inspire even couch potatoes to get up and get moving.
Buy a Smaller Home
When you no longer need all the space in your home, downsize to a smaller place. Think ahead and make it a home that will be easy on you as you age. While stairs may not be a problem now, they may become one, so opt for a single level home. A smaller home will be easier to care for and cost less.
Check Out Some Condominiums or Apartment Complexes
Condo living is a lot easier than owning a single-family home. Things such as lawn and garden care are done for you. You’ll be able to enjoy the stunning grounds, without ever having to lift a finger. If you want to make life even easier, consider renting in an apartment complex. The complex will take care of maintaining the outside of the property, and if your repairs must be made inside, all that you have to do is call maintenance.
As you can see, there are several options to help you downsize. Each one is perfect for the empty-nester. Instead of feeling sad, embrace this new phase of life. It’s time for you to live your life the way you want to. It’s time for you to make yourself happy. Whether you move to a small apartment, head to a complex for adults your age, or hop into an RV and travel the country, the choice is yours to make. Enjoy the freedom that this stage of life brings.