So you’re an empty nester. What now?

The kids have moved out, and now you have an abundance of free time (and peace and quiet) that you’re not quite sure what to do with. The first few months can be particularly restless and somewhat lonely, considering the large transition you’ve gone through. Keeping busy is a great way to ease this transition and maybe even help you discover new passions or hobbies. Here’s a list of ideas of things to get you started:

  • Travel: There’s no better time to take that trip you’ve always wanted to go on than when your kids move out. Between the planning, packing, and the trip itself, traveling can be very exciting and allows you to get out and see the world.  
  • Go back to school: Why not? Education is always a worthy investment, and there’s no reason not to expand your knowledge if that’s something that has always interested you, but you’ve simply never had time for. Take that philosophy or botany class; the world is yours!
  • Invest in your health: The great thing about getting in shape is that there are so many ways to do it. You could get a gym membership, pick up a new hobby such as biking or running, or start off small by taking regular walks and enjoying nature.  
  • Expand your space: If your kids are okay with you converting their old rooms into an alternate space, this is a great project that allows you to create that exercise room or art studio that you’ve always wanted. What to do with all of the items that were previously kept in the room? Instead of throwing everything out or giving it away, renting a storage unit is a perfect way to hold onto those sentimental items while still converting the room into a more useful space.

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