Downsizing and Dealing with Your Adult Kids’ Stuff

Are you dealing with the ongoing chaos with the coming and going of your adult children and their stuff? It’s not just you. Unfortunately, many adult children treat the family home as a storage facility and dealing with your adult kids’ stuff can be a concern if it creates a cluttered environment for you.

computer monitor and toys covering a desk representing dealing with adult kids' stuff
Image courtesy The Big Downsize on Vision TV.

Downsizing Your Home

One way to solve the clutter problem is to sell your home and downsize to a place too small to store your adult kids’ stuff. It may seem harsh, but it worked well for some of my clients. If you are about to downsize, here are a few tips for dealing with this situation.

Your Children Need to Help

If your kids still have stuff stored in your house, they should be part of the downsizing process. Often, they will surprise you by how much they are able to let go of – especially if they have already moved into their own place.

Remember, your adult children are smart. If you allow them to store their stuff in your house, they will. After all, it’s less expensive than a storage unit. Besides, why would they make the effort of sorting their possessions if they don’t have to? If they tend to procrastinate, give them a deadline for removing their items. Then, if they don’t take anything, let it go – and please donate as much as possible.

Consider a Storage Unit

If your efforts to deal with your adult kids’ stuff become a colossal battle, consider renting a storage locker temporarily. It will save you from arguing with your kids during an already stressful period. Technically, if your adult children live in their own place and are gainfully employed, they should pay for the storage unit. It’s something to think about.

Navigating the challenges of dealing with your adult kids’ belongings can be a real struggle, but practical solutions are available. Sometimes, it’s helpful to hire a professional organizer like me. I can act as a neutral third party to guide the family through the decluttering and downsizing process. If you’re wondering how the process works, check out this video clip from my time on the TV show “The Big Downsize.”

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