Temporary home upgrades for a returning college graduate
Now that summer is in full swing, you may find that your son or daughter who recently graduated from college is moving back home in order to save money while searching for that first postgrad job opportunity. Chances are that you and your kid are both hoping this move will be only temporary (not that it isn't nice to have your former student home!), but it's hard to say how long that will be in the current economy. While you may not have completely dismantled your graduate's old bedroom, here are some adaptable home decor upgrades to consider as your child gets on his or her feet.
If your graduate is returning with four years' worth of furniture, books, clothing and other items collected over his or her college career, you may not have (or want to make) the room to accommodate all of these possessions with your standing furniture arrangements. So it's easier to transport these things out of your home and into your aspiring professional's future apartment, consider incorporating a few large storage cabinets into your basement, attic or garage so they won't infringe on the rest of your home.
Just because your child is back in his or her old bedroom doesn't mean you have to completely abandon your desired design plans. If you've been hoping to transform this space into a home office, workout room or craft studio, you can use this transition period to incorporate a few upgrades while keeping enough room for a bed (it's all your graduate really needs this room for anyway). This way, you can finish up your project more conveniently once space opens up.
If you've already gotten rid of your child's old bedroom, only to find out later that he or she is moving home, you may have to take more drastic measures to accommodate your graduate temporarily. Purchasing a comfortable sectional sofa will bring visual interest to your living room while also providing your son or daughter a place to sleep in the meantime. This might not be an ideal living arrangement, but it could provide that extra incentive for your graduate to secure a job and apartment.
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