As your child grew up, you had an identifiable role that meant much more than anyone could imagine. As a parent, you saw the highs and lows of raising children, but you kept going and were proud of everything your child accomplished. Now, your children have left the nest where they learned so many essential life skills that will help them get through life’s journey and start their own families. As you get older, you begin to doubt your value, have trouble finding yourself, and even struggle to reconnect with your spouse. Here are five ways to live your best life after your kids move out.

Reconnect With Your Spouse and Yourself

After your children leave the nest, it feels as if your world has stopped. Life feels halted, and it becomes difficult to reconnect with yourself and your spouse. To help reconnect with your spouse, consider traveling to a new place you considered going to before you had kids. To reconnect with yourself, revisit old hobbies that you placed on hold to raise your children. Doing these things brings you and your spouse closer, and you’ll find yourself again.

Declutter and Downsize

If you have items you no longer need, you should consider downsizing and decluttering. When downsizing, place items into separate piles and see what has sentimental value. Additionally, if decluttering isn’t the only thing you’re thinking of doing, you might move to a smaller home. If you want to save on space, moving from your home to an apartment can help you downsize faster.

Update Your Nest

Sometimes, when you’ve stuck to one layout up until your children moved, it can feel hard to dismantle because you have many memories of being on the couch and watching them play games or watch movies together. However, it’s a good idea to update and rearrange furniture once in a while to give a layout a fresh start and a new outlook on life.

Add a Furry Family Member

Replenish your empty nest by adopting or fostering a pet; whether it’s still a baby or an adult, an animal has this source of unconditional love to give and helps fill voids in life. By getting a pet, you can help yourself come to terms with the idea of your children moving out of the nest.

Spoil Yourself

If you haven’t updated your wardrobe in a while or want to up your beauty routine, go out and spend a little to refresh your style. When updating your wardrobe or beauty routine, you begin the process of rediscovering yourself and even finding new styles and routines to try out.

Growing older is beautiful, even though we might feel a little empty once our children leave. However, you don’t have to be alone at this new stage in your life. Get together with friends, reconnect with your spouse, and downsize with these five ways to live your best life after your kids move out.