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As a new empty nester, I was rather cheery when we finally sent our youngest offspring on his merry way to university in January. After all, who doesn’t want more “me time”? But the coronavirus abruptly put paid to that notion. In fact, it’s been somewhat of a rude shock to have both my varsity kids at home.

With no escape route for me to the office, it has been challenging to adjust to being back in each other’s faces and spaces 24/7. And one of the biggest quandaries created by this new living arrangement has been what to do with all the “stuff” the kids brought home. Bedrooms and dining rooms have had to be repurposed to become home office and study spaces, further adding to the clutter (where is Marie Kondo when you need her?)...

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