Sort out your teen’s room

Clear, stackable plastic containers are ideal for tidying up and saving your absent teen's belongings.

One of the most difficult times in any parent’s life is bidding a fond farewell to their child as they leave the nest and go off to university far away from home.

As a means of coping, psychologists have recommended that parents bring about a sense of closure for themselves by packing up and clearing out their son or daughter’s bedroom and transporting the contents to self-storage units. This will provide a distraction from the empty-nest syndrome and will also eliminate a large chunk of memories flooding back in a negative sense, leaving parents to dwell in the past instead of focusing on the future.

Below are a few tips on how to pack up your child’s room in the most effective way possible, making it easier for your mind to focus on the positive side of things:

• Make sure you have plenty of boxes in good condition. Packing all of your teen’s belongings into boxes will make it much easier to transport to storage. You can get boxes from anywhere. One of the easiest ways of securing some is to speak to the manager of your local supermarket and ask if they have any boxes from any dry food supplies that you could take off their hands.

• Label everything clearly. This way, it will be easy to identify things at a later stage. It is of utmost importance to ensure the labels cannot fade or peel off, as this will defeat the purpose of having labels to begin with.

• Before carting everything off to the self-storage unit, be sure to keep one or two of your teen’s belongings in the room. The last thing you want is to offend them by making it seem as though you are kicking them out. It is important to let them feel as though it was their decision to leave, and not something that was forced upon them.

• Use lots of medium-sized boxes to transport everything. As wonderful as big and small boxes may seem, small ones aren’t practical and bigger ones get too heavy too quickly. Using these boxes could make it very difficult to get the job done.

• It is important to throw out things that will never be used again. This will help you when it comes to feeling nostalgic as the ritual of throwing things out signifies the end of an era and the beginning of something new. Throwing out old curtains or duvet covers will allow you to make space for a whole new room.

This new room could serve as a new project to occupy you and keep your mind off the fact that your child has moved away from home.

The beginning of a university or college degree is a difficult time for any parent.

However, it is important to remember that there are many ways to make coping with this change easier.

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