How to Share Your Home With Your Adult Kids

Just when you think you are an empty nester, the kids come home. Due to divorce, death, or loss of income, you might find yourself opening up those childhood bedrooms. More and more, I am seeing families share space. When you add people to a space, you also add clutter and chaos.

Here are some tips to help you share space and keep your sanity!

DEFINE YOUR SPACE! WHAT SPACE DO YOU AND YOUR ADULT CHILD NEED TO FUNCTION IN THE HOME

1. Bedroom-Most kids move back into their childhood room
2. Kitchen- Who is doing the cooking? Do you need to incorporate their appliances. Do they need a space for their food?
3. Office- Do they need an office space? Will they be working from the home?
4. Storage- Are they getting a storage unit for their stuff or planning to bring it all home? Do you have space for their stuff or do you need to clean out some of your stuff to make space?
5. Car storage- Can their vehicle fit in the garage?
6. Play space- Do you kids have children? Do you need to create a place for play and toy storage?

Its important that you make decisions and set up boundaries before your kids come home. Having some systems in place will help everyone coexist in a happy manner!
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