4 ideas for staying busy once the kids have left home.

4 ideas for staying busy once the kids have left home.


Whether your child has recently headed off to college or has flown the nest for good, you are probably feeling a little lost. It can be hard to adjust to such a big change, but in time, you will get used to it.


If you can keep busy with work, you will find it a lot easier to deal with. However, if you are a stay at home mom, you may find having an empty nest incredibly difficult and may welcome some of the following tips and ideas for keeping busy.




Ideas for staying busy once the kids have left home.

Ideas for staying busy once the kids have left home.

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Decorating is a fantastic way to keep yourself occupied, so if your home is in need of a makeover, now is the time to do it.

Create a list of all the rooms that could do with a revamp, and make a design plan for each one.

If your child has moved out for good, you could consider transforming their old room into a home office or gym.

Sending your kids to college is not cheap. If money is a little tight, look for ways you can decorate on a budget.

Instead of replacing your furniture with new pieces, make the effort to give old furniture a new lease on life with a coat of paint. If you are new to furniture revamping, don’t panic, there are plenty of tutorials online.


Get a job.


Now that your child has flown the nest, it could be the perfect time to start working again. Whether you want to go back to your old career or try something new doesn’t matter, just as long as you find a job that you enjoy doing.

This doesn’t have to be full-time, if all you need is part-time to keep you sufficiently busy and get you out of the house.

Spending all day on your own can often, make the separation from your child even harder to deal with. So getting out of the house and going to work, could be the ideal way to keep your mind busy.


Start a home business.


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Start a home business.

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If working a nine to five job doesn’t appeal to you, but you still like the idea of working enough to get you out and about, consider starting your own home business.

Building a home business takes a lot of time and effort, and because of this, is ideal for keeping your mind busy.

Perhaps you have always had an idea of something that you would like to start, like a small baking business? Or maybe, you like to idea of working as part of a direct selling company? Whatever it is that you fancy trying, it could be the ideal way to keep your mind off your absent child.

To run your home business, you will need an office to work from.

If you have a spare bedroom – maybe your child’s old room, or an unused space, consider transforming that into an office. This will mean redecorating the room, to create a great work space.

It will also mean that you need to buy home office furniture to create a functional work area.


Start an exercise routine.


Not only is exercising fantastic for your health, but it’s also a great way to get out of the house each day. Whether you choose to take up cycling, jogging or power-walking, you can use your new exercise routine to keep busy.

As well as exercising solo, find yourself an exercise buddy to make your daily workouts more enjoyable. Join a couple of exercise classes at your local community center – have fun trying a new activity and make some new friends.

When your child leaves home, it can be incredibly hard to deal with, and even more difficult if you are a stay at home mom. The best thing you can do is find ways to take your mind off things, by being as active as you possibly can.

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Published by Christine Blythe

Christine is the owner and author for her three blogs: Empty Nest Ancestry, Feathering the Empty Nest, and Top Web Blog Tips. Periodically, if a post topic is appropriate to either of her other blogs, they will be published as a guest post by CJB.