As many individuals grow older they are overcome by a wish to simplify their lives. Many wish to jettison old furnishings and clutter and create new spaces that reflect their new sensibilities and make life simpler. For some folks this may mean moving to a smaller home with less upkeep. Others may wish to simplify in place.
This phase can be tricky for families with “children” that are now young adults. The bedroom shown here was designed for use by two young adult daughters who want to come back and feel at home, but who no longer need full-time spaces.
In a downsized home, this room was designed to be shared, one at a time, depending upon who might be visiting. Two closets were repurposed and individualized to provide storage and display of each daughter’s favorite memorabilia. Whichever daughter is home, she opens her curtain and voila…she is in her own space.
Other kinds of life transitions can also lead to downsizing, space sharing, and making space for loved ones following a move or relocation. Some of these may include divorce; a dependent parent moving in with the family; blending families through remarriage.
Tip: It is important to consult adult children about their wishes for their new space; especially when you are moving to a new home. It is hard for children, even young adults, to give up the reality of their childhood home. Providing continuity and a sense of control is helpful for their acceptance of this family transition.