5 Ways To Keep Yourself Busy In An Empty Nest

Now that the kids (and even the grandkids) have moved out, you might feel like you’re experiencing empty nest syndrome and want to know what you can do about it. The good news is that this is the first day of the rest of your life, and you can do whatever you want.

But if you’re a little stuck for ideas, here are five ways to keep yourself busy in an empty nest. 

Find A Hobby 

Everyone needs a hobby no matter where they are in life or how old they are. Since you have plenty of time to learn a new skill or explore something you’ve always wanted to try, there’s no excuse for not finding a hobby. Whether you want to paint or try photography, pick up an instrument, or even do some DIY, you can find something that will keep you busy, build your confidence, and give you a creative outlet that makes the days fly by. 

Get A Pet 

Many people will get a pet once the kids move out. For them, it’s a great way to still feel parental without dealing with the stress of puberty or rebellion. Researching cat or dog breeders in your area can introduce you to a range of great animals that can give you a reason to get out of bed in the morning. Furthermore, a pet can make you more active, which is great for your overall health and well-being, and you could even meet people, too. 

Declutter The House 

If your home is full of stuff you always said you’d organize or sell but never did, there is no better time than right now to change that. Decluttering your home can make the house feel bigger and even fetch a little profit if you come across old toys or books that could be worth something. Make sure you double-check with your kids that you don’t sell something sentimental, but if they give you the all-clear, you can finally feel like your home is big enough to move around in. 

Get Out Of The House 

If the empty nest becomes too much, you can always get out of the house. This is possible if you get a pet, but even joining clubs and groups means making new friends as a senior becomes much easier. If you have the money, you could even look at traveling to all those places you never got to see before, proving there are still things to experience and learn when you get older. 

Focus on Beautifying Your Home 

Considering you’re going to spend a lot of time at home over the rest of your life, you may as well enjoy living there. From your living room to your backyard, redecorating and putting your all into making the house beautiful is a great project to consider, and you don’t need to worry about your kids’ tastes you can make it as you as you like. 

Empty Nest 

Every parent will experience something like empty nest syndrome at some point, but that’s proof that your kids can go out and do their own thing. If anything, you should be incredibly proud of them, so you can reap the benefits of your hard work and their independence by living a life that always seemed so far away. Now, it’s within your grasp. 


9 thoughts on “5 Ways To Keep Yourself Busy In An Empty Nest

  • I told my husband when the kids move out that we’ll just get lots of cats.

  • I definitely have thought about how I won’t have things to do when the kids leave the house. I will have to keep these in mind. I’m a busy person and I like to have things to do.

  • I will be needing these ideas in a couple of years. I may just be growing more plants in my garden.

  • I think the best way is to go out of a house and find a new activity and meet new people!

  • It’s important to find ways to fill the void and stay productive, and these ideas are perfect for that. I especially like the suggestion of taking up a new hobby or volunteer work.

  • Love this and yess….. I could,d see us getting a new pet once the kids have left the house. I also just love having out with my husband solo…. it is like old times but we are older LOL. Love it and it is a transition for sure but it is what you make of it!

  • Staying productive is really important, I think I should have a pet. These are great ideas

  • I’m kinda dreading empty nest. My son is gone to his dads several nights so I get a small glimpse of it. Thankfully I have animals and hobbies to keep me busy.


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