Becoming an empty nester doesn't have to be a sad time. Sure, it takes some getting used to not having noisy, messy, yet lovable teens around the house. But look on the bright side. You'll save on your grocery bill now that you don't have to feed your children's seemingly bottomless stomachs, you won't have to clean up as much, you might just rediscover that spark with your spouse, and you'll have plenty of extra space. Lots of it.
You know what all that new space means? Time for redecoration to become your newest hobby. Or perhaps you can redecorate to give yourself space for a new hobby.
We enlisted the help of our Facebook fans to find out what they did with their spare bedrooms once their kids moved out. Here are some incredible ideas that'll have you tearing down the wallpaper in your kids' spare rooms before they pull out of the driveway one last time:
1. A zen room
"It's my favorite room in the house," said Nancye Hernsmith Bright.
When I left, my parents turned my room into a freakin greenhouse pic.twitter.com/z3aN3P9uA0
— Kate (@Kate_Gately) March 17, 2013
2. A dressing room
"I have a vanity with pretty mirrors and lights and a stereo, with a place for my jewelry and accessories. It is my haven," said Wendy Lessard.
Come home to find that my parents have turned my room into their walk-in wardrobe... pic.twitter.com/TSiQ2f3qEa
— Elliott Binks (@ElliottBinks) October 25, 2013
3. Craft and sewing room
They turned my bedroom at home into a sewing room. Thanks parents. pic.twitter.com/fqdJMeRut8
— Kelsie (@kels_murai) November 18, 2013
4. A guest room
"But was pretty much a 'shrine' to her teen years," said Lois Rubin.
WTF my parents turned my room into a guest room?! pic.twitter.com/yPBJPamiWQ
— Lauren Detering (@Laurr_d) March 15, 2014
One would think I'm dead the way my parents turned my room into a shrine of me... pic.twitter.com/jmGXrjpt45
— Klara (@x0klarita) November 26, 2013
5. A home gym
I moved out of my house 2 weeks ago & my parents already turned my room into a workout room..I can feel the love pic.twitter.com/vL8b84xm9I
— steffaaknee (@steffaaknee) December 4, 2013
6. A playroom
For when the grandkids visit, said Laurie Hecht.
I'm going for 3 months and my parents turned my room into a train station. pic.twitter.com/gIwAORi8pz
— kevin boggs (@boggsy95) November 28, 2013
— Karina Erives (@kinaa22) September 16, 2013
Whatever you decide to do, just promise us (and yourself), you won't turn into one of these parents.
— Laura Wordley (@Lolliver181) February 1, 2013
They will never leave.