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Ditch Childhood Decorations

Some understandably sentimental parents tend to keep their son's or daughter's room as a shrine to a happy childhood, even years after the child has left home. When your son or daughter does return, put the old sports trophies in storage, throw away any adolescent decor, and make sure the room is not stuck in a past decade design-wise. Holding onto the old will only make it even harder for you to see your child as an adult. If you just can't get rid of some of the old knickknacks, try building an attractive display case and placing it somewhere else in the house.

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