I hear it so often that when the kids have graduated from school/ married/ moved out of the parents’ house, their rooms for the most part still contain all of their “stuff”. They move on…to an apartment/home base of their own with identities completely different from their original home “stuff”…
We parents are reluctant to do anything with it for a while…realizing that they WILL want some of it at least(or will they?)…so either their room stands as if it’s like a mini shrine or we box up the items and stack them for giving to them “someday”.
Friends of mine who want to utilize their kids’ bedrooms as the long awaited office space, craft/work space or guest bedrooms are literally stuck. Two I know of have sons who are in their late 20s, who come home twice a year for holidays and their rooms are still full of childhood/teenaged “stuff”. When they ask what they want to keep, the response is, “I’ll look through it”…and it doesn’t get done. they live too far away to take much back, live in small apartments or aren’t in a permanent spot yet.
I’m at that point now…boxes of my daughter’s stuffed animals, shoes and other clothing, odds and ends. She has told me that much of her shoes, clothes and stuffed animals can go because her tastes have changed so drastically and she only wants to keep a few of her extra special stuffed animals for her “little human” someday…when and if she has one.
Now, if I can only pin her down for an hour or so…if not, I’ll need to photograph items and send them to her via email and get a response that way.
til next time…Eva