One of the issues that comes up with the empty nest situation is what to do with the belongings
of a child who is slightly nomadic but still needs a home base to store things. I have two
at the moment and I have come up with a pretty good system to keep things orderly and accessible.
The first thing I do is wrangle them to spend at least half a day with me systematically going
through their items and sorting into piles of keep, donate, and archive. I like to use The Container
Store’s Deep Sweater box for clothing and larger items, and their regular Sweater Box for
smaller things. Labeling with a label maker is essential to the process which makes it much
easier to locate specific items. We then put the bins in a closet of their designated room, and
then archival items we place in our storage room. It goes without saying that this process requires
occasional editing and more purging.
We have found that this process makes it easy for them to either call me from the road and
send them certain items, or when they do return they have a much easier time finding that flannel
shirt they love.
Written By: Leslie Dietrich