General Purpose Spare Room By Michelle Janssen

It’s pretty common that most ‘kids’ or ‘adult kids’ are staying at home longer. Some of my friends in their mid to late 20s are STILL at home and haven’t even thought about leaving. This can obviously be the best arrangement for some people, but I think most parents start to drop subtle hints if their child is moving into their 20s and not moving out.

My mum decided I should be a grown up independent lady, pretty much from my last day of high school.

Well that’s what she meant, except, she didn’t really phrase it like that. She was very creative in her strategies to get me to leave home. One time I was walking out of the shower with a towel around me, (ooo stop it, sexy) and Mum said, “Oh sorry Michelle, I just washed the dogs with that towel you’re using”.

She didn’t seem very sorry. More laugh-y.

Or traditionally, when a kid leaves home it then becomes known as the Spare Room right? Or at best, say, “Michelle’s old room”?

My mum simply started calling my room ‘the spare room’. While I was still living there.

This clearly confused people. “Oh, I’ll just put this stuff in Michelle’s room” and my mum would be quick to jump in with, ‘that is the spare room, you’ll be putting that stuff in the spare room’.

Her strategy wasn’t a great success.

So she upgraded it to GENERAL PURPOSE SPARE ROOM.

She took the bed out, put in a computer, a bean bag, a keyboard, and a drum kit (none of us can play the drums).

I started to get the hint and moved out a year later.


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In her 20s, Michelle is a modern woman walking confidently about town, casually using her fly buys rewards card to feel like a true grown up. Her goal is to be a combination of Oprah &Tina Fey.

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