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How to Make Your New House a Home
Our homes are more than just a place to live; homes help us express ourselves and our personalities. They are a place of comfort and fulfillment. Even while still living with a few unpacked boxes, you can take steps to make your new house feel like home.
Here are some ways to settle in after your household move.
Organize Your Closets and Cabinets Early
Taking the time to organize and tidy up a few areas will improve your everyday life. For example, organizing your bedroom closet means that you’ll be able to find your favorite pants and sweater without stress on the first day of work. Organizing kitchen cabinets will mean more manageable and more efficient food preparation.
Settle the Kids First
Children find comfort in familiar surroundings. Unpack and set up their rooms first. Make the beds, unpack and find a place for their toys, and put away all their clothes. Consider waiting to implement fun, new decorations in their rooms until your child has gotten used to their new environment. You might wait until you have some essential areas of the house organized before diving into elaborate decorating in the kids’ rooms.
Direct the Smells and Sounds
Inviting smells create a homey feel. Scented candles and incense are two ways to create a pleasant aroma. Baking also creates a fragrance that often makes us feel we’ve come home.
Sounds are important, too. For example, if you’re used to the sound of a particular clock, be sure to set that up as soon as you can. Even amid the boxes, that familiar sound will make you feel at home.
Assemble Your Favorite Things
When packing up your old house, place some of your favorite comfort items into one box and label it “favorites.” Include things like your favorite music, candles that mellow your mood, a meditation pillow, or a favorite teddy bear. Whatever brings you joy and helps you settle in goes into the box—plan to open that box soon after getting to your new home.
Houseplants can improve your mood and create a soothing living space, so bring in some new plants to brighten things up. In addition to brightening your mood, plants can also help regulate humidity and remove toxins from the air. The right plants also can improve concentration and sleep.
Spend Time Outside
Moving requires so much work; you may be tempted to shelter yourself inside and unpack boxes without a break. But getting outside for a little walk or even sitting on the front porch gives you some fresh air each day. It also acclimates you to the neighborhood. Neighbors will see you and exchange a few words, as well.
Create Personal Space
Create a space that’s your own refuge. This could be as simple as placing a cozy chair in a corner with a reading light and blanket. Any place that you can hang out and feel is your very own will work.
Add some personality and color to your rooms. For example, add colorful curtains at the windows or some throw rugs to anchor the rooms—display family photos. Hang your favorite artwork.
There is nothing like the joy of a new home. Let us help get you settled in. From the packing to the unpacking, we can help with that and everything in between. Contact us today for a free quote. You will be settled in at home before you know it.