In this economy, it may be hard to sell a house that has gotten too big for you after your children have moved out. Until you are able to downsize, it might be a good idea to redesign some of those extra bedrooms. This can not only make you happier in your home, but can also add value to the house for when you are ready to sell it.
This is also your chance to get exactly the house you've always wanted. Once you start thinking of those rooms as usable space rather than extra space, you might even find that you are happier with all that extra space than you would be in a smaller setting.
When kids are in the house, that can be difficult, but when the kids move out, it's your chance to get that home office you've always wanted. Having your own space to work can be essential to doing a good job from home.
Arts and Crafts
Arts and crafts like sewing, creating jewelry, designing greeting cards, etc. are time-consuming and space-consuming. If you have ever tried to start a craft, you know how much space the materials can take up, and how difficult it is to organize everything.
Creating an arts and crafts room can help store and organize your stuff. Extra bedrooms are great for this because they have closets where you can store materials, but you will still have the whole room to do your crafts in.
For this room, all you need are some stackable plastic storage tubs for your materials as well as a table that will allow you to do your work. Spend some time organizing your materials as soon as you move them into the room, and they will stay organized for a long time.
You can have a free-standing shower with a whirlpool tub. You can have his and hers sinks. You can have a separate little room for the toilet. Whatever you want, you can fit it in.