Practical tips to welcome adult kids back home


For the first time since 1880, more young people are living with their parents than any other living arrangement. A recent report from the Pew Research Center showed the number of 18- to 34-year-olds living at home is higher than the number of young adults who are married or cohabiting in their own home.

From student loan debt to saving for their own home, young adults have many reasons for returning to the nest. However, if your child’s bedroom has been turned into your home office, gym or craft room, you may find that their return home presents a unique set of challenges.

Adding living space
Rather than give up your newfound space, look for other areas in the home to designate as a private room.  Converting a garage or basement into a small apartment can provide a sense of independence.

If you’re looking for something more short-term, consider a dual-duty room. Get creative with solutions such as Murphy beds, which can turn any space into a multipurpose room.

Storage Options
With another adult under your roof, additional storage becomes even more important. Young people circling back home often bring a large collection of things, meaning more clutter.

A storage option such as ClosetMaid’s SpaceCreations offers the ideal solution. Whether it’s a walk-in, reach-in or custom shaped closet, this DIY system can be designed to fit your needs.

Featuring frames you can customize with open shelving, hang rods, drawers and/or shoe shelves, SpaceCreations curb every type of clutter and replace it with a designer look and feel.

Another win-win solution to combatting clutter is to help your new housemate decide what to keep and what can be tossed or sold. This can free up space and give your child a quick financial boost, and you can clear out some clutter of your own.

Experts agree it’s best to handle the situation as if you are welcoming a new roommate, allowing families to reconnect as adult children get back on their feet. In the meantime, young people can save money for when the time comes to spread those wings again.

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