10 Things I Won’t Miss When My Kid Moves Out

Ok. I don’t want to jinx it but I helped my oldest son look for an apartment yesterday.

Is it un-motherly of me to be so excited?…For him I mean.

Oh, who am I kidding. I am absolutely giddy at the prospect. I am even willing to throw money at this to make it happen. And if you are about to write me a comment about how much I am going to miss him when my kid moves out, stop right there. Ain’t gonna happen. Firstly, the apartment is a stone’s throw away. Second, I love him but I can’t live with him any more.

I have never claimed to be the neatest person on the planet but honestly, this kid takes the cake…and leaves the plate in his room. And I think he is a hoarder. At least in my house he is. He brings home all sorts of stuff and leaves it right inside the front door. That will probably change when he gets his own place. Especially when I start bringing all his crap over there.

These are just a few of the things that I am looking forward to:

  1. Coming home and finding the kitchen just like I left it, clean.
  2. Not having to go to his room when I need a plate or glass because there are none left in the cupboards.

  3. My programs on the DVR recording as intended and not cancelled to record some other stupid show instead.

  4. Tools and other rarely used items in their proper place, not where ever they were used last.

  5. Not having to hide food for recipes I want to make so they don’t get eaten before I get to it.

  6. Being confined to my room on a Friday night because friends are over, not mine of course.

  7. Finding shit broken when I go to use it and no one told me about it.

  8. Having left over pizza for MY lunch, the next day.

  9. Not having to park on the street during a rain storm because someone else has parked in my one car driveway.

  10. Hot. Water.

Related Post: How to get your adult children to move out.

Are you an empty-nester? Tell me, does the air smell fresher?

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11 thoughts on “10 Things I Won’t Miss When My Kid Moves Out

  1. I’m a half nester. One in college and one still in middle school. Having my son home from college for the summer is quickly reminding me of the things I “don’t” miss.

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  2. My 20 year old returned home from school in April, then promptly left for camp for the summer. It was an intense couple of days in between, as I (yes, I) worked tirelessly to make sure he was packed and ready to GO again (my foot may or may not have kicked him on his way out). My nest is half empty…my 17-year-old daughter is still home, and we all miss our boy terribly, BUT it’s pretty fun just the three of us, too!

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  3. My nest has been empty for six years.

    No hair in my sink.
    My dishes are in cupboards.
    My things are where I left them.

    Nothing is broken. Except my heart.

    Naw, just kidding, it’s friggin awesome.

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  4. Oh, I am right there with you. My 28-yr old daughter took the long route to college graduation (did, to her credit, move out for a year)…in fact she has a job interview tomorrow for a career in her field four hours away! Love her to pieces, but yes, she eats my food too. Crossing fingers for both of us!

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    1. I am so ready for my son to move out. I want to be able to walk around my house naked but can’t do that when I’m not sure if he’ll walk in the door for not.

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