We think the world can be split into two groups: Those whose parents still live in their childhood home and those who have moved on. The experiences must be so different from one another:In the former - if your parents still live in your childhood home - you likely still have a room there. It may even be preserved, reflecting the style of your seventeen-year-old self. You might also have a lot of things in storage there: toys, clothing, yearbooks and other memorabilia.
On the other hand, your parents may have moved since you moved out. Moving their household may have meant giving you all of your possessions to keep at your own place (or getting rid of many of them). When you visit their home, it likely doesn't feel like your home since you never lived there.
Which do you fall into? Do you still go back to the "family home", or do you visit your parents in a new place? What important differences do you see between the two experiences?
Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and son in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.
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