Empty Nest Or Second Honeymoon?  Redecorating Your Learn Bedroom When the Young ones Leave For College

I am at the lifetime stage where by many of my friends (who married young!) are sending their young children off to college or university and sensation the myriad feelings of an empty nest. I confess that I have not gone by this lifetime stage myself due to the fact I do not have small children, but as a author, I’m an observer of existence and my acquire on it is this: like everything in lifetime, we have a option. You can both opt for to sense you are now aged and no longer useful, or you can pick out to see this as a time of rejuvenation of previous private desires and ambitions, and a time to rekindle that special passionate spark with your extensive-time mate. I can believe of no much better way to do that than to redecorate your learn bed room suite as a position of tranquil rejuvenation and restoration-producing a “2nd honeymoon” getaway if you will. If huge college expenditures loom, you can do it on a dollarwise budget.

Here is how:

1. Choose and Declutter. Clutter robs you of peace of brain and a fantastic night’s snooze. Go by way of your clothes closets and get rid of something that no longer suits your present taste or won’t in shape. Depart space for new outfits.

2. Drab Dressers. Get rid of previous dressers that are no more time your latest style for décor. Donate them or use them to retailer tools in your garage or tenting supplies in your basement.

3. Art Intelligent. Choose down any art and get rid of any decorative components you no lengthier certainly appreciate. Established aside matters you would however like to maintain to integrate into the new décor.

4. Stunning Bed. Is your mattress however in excellent form? If not, exchange it and make sure it’s sumptuously comfy. Opt for a headboard you love or forgo a person completely and hang a lovely huge painting as an alternative.

5. Window Surprise. Drab outdated curtains? Get them down, fill in the material rod holes in the partitions, and wash those people windows ’til they sparkle!

6. Ground Finesse. Carpet out-of-date and worn? Hardwood floors scuffed? Swap and refinish. Neither is that high priced to do.

7. Bedspread Natural beauty. Decide on a bedding ensemble that certainly tends to make you smile. Get coordinating sheets, comforter or bedspread, pillow shams, and curtains all at the moment so they all match. Make certain your sheets are a substantial thread rely.The bedding will established the tone for the fashion of your “next honeymoon” suite.

8. Comforting Color. Get your bedding to the paint store and pick out just one of the shades in it for your walls and a next just one for your ceiling. They can match it particularly.

9. Portray Bash. Have buddies who are vacant nesters occur in excess of for a pizza and painting party. You can support them later in return. Be certain to use more healthy no VOC paint.

10. Fantastic Household furniture. You you should not have to split the lender to purchase nightstands and dressers that are reasonably priced but glimpse high priced. Verify furnishings catalogs, on the web, and shop revenue. Choose a style that enhances your bedding.

11. Lighting Love. Overlook overhead lights glare–you want the mood of your “next honeymoon” suite to be intimate so as an alternative decide on bedside table lamps in a design and shade you appreciate and be guaranteed the bulbs cast a smooth pink or yellow glow.

12. Wonderful Artwork. Now it’s time to choose some artwork that would make you swoon. Lower price retailers often have stunning art reproductions for a tiny rate, or frame those shots of your sweet spouse and children in all-matching frames and make a “delighted wall” collage of loved ones photographs. Pick out vases and other extras in shades that enhance your bedding.

13. Bathroom Bliss. If you won’t be able to manage to exchange the tub and sinks or will not like their coloration, have them resurfaced or just exchange the fixtures. Paint the partitions or pick out wallpaper that coordinates with the color of the tub and sinks. Refreshing fluffy towels and wonderful artwork and bath add-ons that coordinate with your bedroom’s color plan and type will greatly enhance the “suite” search.

14. Film Magic. Location your Tv in a concealed cabinet or mount it on the wall so that when Friday evening comes you can shut out the world by deciding on a flick you will each take pleasure in as a way to restore yourselves from a chaotic operate 7 days. My hubby and I do this and it truly is bliss. You might even think about stocking a mini-fridge with goodies.

15. Closing Aptitude. Time to put it all collectively. Prepare your furnishings in a enjoyable arrangement, make the bed up nicely, cling the curtains, spot the art and components, and convert on the gentle light-weight of the bedside lamps. Put some fresh flowers in a vase, convert your most loved new music on low, light a candle, and break out the sparkling cider!

As I was offering these “second honeymoon” redecorating guidelines to my about-to-be-empty-nester gal pal a short while ago she joked, “Next honeymoon, hmmm…can you have a headache on those?” I laughed and said, “No way honey! … So get out that paintbrush, don your ideal negligee, and get movin’!”

Copyright 2009 Kathryn Bechen and Kathryn Bechen Ink. All rights reserved.

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