By : Marlena Stoddard
Go ahead and breathe that big sigh of relief that’s been waiting for release. Your last child has been packed off to college and you and your partner are officially empty-nesters. Finally, you can devote your time to new hobbies, traveling, or whatever else you’ve always wanted to do. Except–uh-oh–one of your children has dropped by or called asking a favor. “Mom, Dad, can I keep my car (or my laundry, or my other assorted stuff) at your place for a few days?” You say yes because grown or not, the supplicant is still your precious chickie. Except then a few days turns into a week, then a month, then six months, the stuff is still at your place, and your nest is cluttered again. There must be a way to teach the kids that once they’re out of your house, they can’t use it as a storage space, you think. Fortunately, there is.