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Are you wondering if sharing a house and household duties with like-minded women and men over 40 would work for you?

Check out our list of qualities that make for a great housemate.

You’re looking to re-invent yourself. 

Perhaps you’re questioning the circumstances, meaning, and direction of your life and resolving to do things differently. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to surround yourself with other people seeking change? Sharing your home and life with other Golden Girls who are “reinventing” provides laughter, companionship, and financial and emotional support as we go down that crooked path called life.

You have an extra room where you live. 

That home with all of those wonderful memories can begin feeling a little haunted when you’re the only one roaming around in it. Sharing a room in your home, townhouse, or apartment with a Golden Girls housemate will give you someone to say “hello” to at the end of the day, someone to share your grandchildren stories with, and someone to call when your car breaks down.

You enjoy home-based activities.

You enjoy cooking a meal and doing some gardening and getting some exercise. Now imagine how much more fun the meal planning and dirt digging and taking a walk could be with another person. Golden Girls Network allows you to find like-minded people who can help transform the household duties into household delights.

You are healthy and not ready for assisted living or moving in with your children.

The momentum we had as younger adults can feel like it’s stalling as we age. The end of a marriage and child rearing and a career can leave us wondering what is next. We’re here to tell you that it is not a retirement home. Golden Girls Network can help you arrange a living situation that will provide an exciting next step in your life.

You would like to make new friends.

Perhaps that one person who received all of your unconditional love—a spouse, a child, a parent, a best friend—is no longer around. But we all deserve lives filled with laughter, joy, and companionship. Golden Girls Network can connect you with people who share your interests and value the unique qualities you bring to a friendship.

You can no longer afford to stay in your home by yourself. 

All kinds of circumstances – job loss, a divorce, an economic downturn – can make keeping that home you love difficult. By inviting a Golden Girls housemate to live with you, you can gain the confidence of financial stability while creating a welcoming environment for someone who might become a lifelong friend.

You are feeling a lack of community.

Golden Girls Network can help you build your own “community” using the resource of your home. Find individuals interested in the same passions you have like cooking, the environment, or spirituality. Or, if you’re new to an area, you can quickly integrate into a community by becoming a member of a Golden Girls household.

You feel like you’ve become too focused on your job.

If your job or volunteer position or hobby feels like the only activity you have to occupy your time, your Golden Girls housemates can bring new energy to your life. Inspiration from others is what keeps us from stagnating.

You like activity in your home.

If you’re the kind of person who likes to have a friend over for dinner, host a committee meeting, or invite a crowd at Thanksgiving, then you are a perfect Golden Girls housemate. All housing situations are different, but the best ones thrive on the energy of like-minded people living and having fun together.

Ready to get started with your own Golden Girls home? We wrote the book on it! Get your copy of  “How to Start a Golden Girls’ Home” here and learn all the ins and outs of getting going.

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About The Author

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After a 2008 divorce left Bonnie Moore living alone in a newly remodeled five-bedroom home, she searched for and found four great roommates to fill the empty bedrooms. The experience was so transformational that Moore embarked on a new career dedicated to helping 50+ adults ease their way into shared living. As founder of Golden Girls Network, she has written a book titled How to Start a Golden Girls Home and teaches classes on the same topic.  For more information about Bonnie, please visit You can also join her on Facebook and Twitter @GoldenGirlsNet.

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