Empty nest is sad and lonely but you learn to cope and you really start to enjoy it. Then things are not working out for your child and they have decided to move back home. Well suddenly you are not sure how you feel. You go through the emotions of wishing things were better for the child and hoping that things get better soon. It is heart breaking to see your kid making it on there own and then suddenly it turns bad. They set up housekeeping and they may even have bought a home of their own. Suddenly their life changes and things go sour and they are back with their parents.
You may need to redo some of your house to accommodate your child coming home. Maybe you need to change the furniture so the seating is more comfortable for another person to be there. You may need to give back you hobby room and you may even need to get more towels.
Take some time before your child moves in to take out some stuff that is sitting around that you are not using and do not need to have out. Put them in a box and out of the way so that when your child gets back out on their own you can bring it back out. The less stuff that is cluttering the place the more comfortable it will be..
Take a look at your coat closet. Maybe you can take out some stuff so your child will have a place to put their out side coats too. Make room for your child’s stuff because it will be coming home too.
The kitchen may need to improve too. Make room in the refrigerator for the foods that this person likes to eat and also make room in the cupboards. The more empty space you have the more smoothly the transition will go. These empty spaces will fill up.
You may need to make some house guest rules so that everything goes smoothly. It will depend on what the person moving in is like as to what rules you need to make. For example if the person likes to put stuff down just anywhere you may need to make a rule that everything needs a place and everything needs to be in that place.
Most importantly you do not know what is going to happen in the future so try to enjoy this time that you will be sharing. Be patient and loving. Remember you are not the only one this is happening too.