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Redecorating ideas for your empty nest

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Sure, you could leave that cluttered room as a shrine to your college freshman, but wouldn't you love to use that space? Break the news to your kid gently, don't throw anything out without consulting them and keep some closet space open for when they come back to visit. Then consider one of these redecorating ideas for your empty nest.

1. Guest room

A fresh coat of paint, new linens and the relocation of the trophy collection to the basement is sometimes all you need to repurpose a child's room into a guest-friendly bedroom.

2. Man cave

Haul in the big screen and a mini fridge, swap the bed for a comfy couch and lounge chairs and you're ready for the big game. A pool or ping pong table could be a great addition to larger spaces.

3. Hobby room

Finally, a practice room for your bluegrass band! Or a scrapbooking oasis where you can leave supplies out all the time. Bring in bright lights and a work table and you've got hobby heaven.

4. Gym

You'll be amazed how much space is in that bedroom once you get rid of the bed, dresser and desk. Install some full-length mirrors so you can check your form, buy rubber floor mats, set up the speakers and maybe a TV if you need encouragement from Jillian Michaels. Then get ready to sweat.

5. Office

Replace your kid's furniture with an expansive desk, good lighting and some file cabinets and you're on your way to productivity

If you've tried the ideas above and still have space to spare, it might be time to think about downsizing. When you're ready, find an experienced agent to work with here.

Author: RE/MAX Panache

Submitted 15 Nov 16 / Views 1278