4 Decorating Tips To Help You Deal With Boomerang Kids
Maybe they’re waiting to land their first job out of college.
Maybe they’re between jobs.
Maybe they’re saving up for their own place, or trying to pay down their student loans.
Whatever the reason, the end result is the same: Your kids have moved back home.
You’re not even close to being alone in this. Today’s young adults are part of what’s called the “Boomerang Generation,” so named for their increasing tendency — about 20 percent of people in their 20s and early 30s — to return home after a period of living away from home.
If your kids fall into this category, there are lots of issues in the mix. One of them is the impact on your living space and for that issue at least, Piper Classics is here to help. Here are a few things to keep in mind when you find empty nest years aren’t as empty as you’d expected.
1. Their Stay Is (Hopefully) Temporary, So Act Accordingly
Experts say parents should set boundaries and rules early on with their returning children: What chores they’ll need to do, how much money they’ll need to contribute to household expenses, etc… There should also be some sort of limit on how long your child’s return home will last.
So, assuming their stay will be short, why not consider making their bedroom more than just a bedroom? Consider making it a multi-purpose room: a bedroom for when they’re home, a sitting area or an office for when they aren’t.
2. Their Old Bedroom Doesn’t Have to Be Their OLD BEDROOM
Just because they’re sleeping where they used to sleep doesn’t mean they get to hang up all their old posters. Clearing out the room not only helps give it a new identity – and helps you see your child as an adult – it also gives you a better idea of what you have to work with.
Try to keep the big picture in mind, and make some changes that will last beyond their stay with you.
Making these changes before they move back in could be a plus, letting them know that while they’re welcome in your home, they haven’t traveled back in time.
3. Make a Twin Bed Into a Day Bed
Your standard twin bed can turn into a sofa-like day bed, which gives guests a feeling like they’re lounging in a living room. Again, choose a gender neutral theme to cover it, something like our Kettle Grove, Landon or Prescott quilts, or the Jefferson Star coverlets.
And since we’re stressing the temporary aspect of all this, don’t be afraid to let one piece of furniture stand in for another. It’s unlikely your child will mind using an end table for a nightstand for a few months.
4. Find a Place For Their Stuff
Your kids will have a lot of things after four years of college (and possibly another few years on their own).
And you’ll need a place to keep it all, unless you want to spring for a storage locker.
Assuming you don’t want to go that route, large stackable boxes are probably your best bet for most of their stuff.
Big boxes are fine as far as larger items go.
But Piper Classics also carries a number of products to store smaller items that have a little bit more personality than your standard storage container.
For your home-office, there’s our Wooden Bin Organizer, where your son or daughter can keep track of their mail, or work-related material.
And since you’re likely to be on different schedules, set up our Blackboard Wall Organizer. You can use it to make a chore schedule, or leave them a message. (This way they can’t say they didn’t get your text.)
It’s not clear when the Boomerang Kid trend will end. But at least it will end for you. They’ll move out and start — or restart their lives — and you’ll reclaim your home. In the meantime, you can live in harmony and comfort while they figure things out, and use décor to indicate a new phase of life together.