No matter how excited you are to move into your new place, your first few weeks will probably feel foreign and, well, a little weird. Celebrating a birthday or planting a garden will help that “new-house feeling” fade, but waiting for a milestone requires a little too much patience. Here’s how you can feel settled and happy in your new house:
Unpacking is a something that you are going to do anyway, but try not to let boxes stay unpacked for long. If you can take some time off work to get it all done in one go, then perfect. If not, then try and blast it out over a couple of weekends or after work.
The sooner all your stuff is out, the sooner it feels more homely. Having boxes tucked into corners just reminds you of moving, or of your last home.
2. Frame It
Once you know where things are going to stay, start hanging photos and any other art-work. Family photos can really help to make a place feel like home. Having familiar faces around the place is comforting.
If you don’t know if you have settled on the furniture arrangements but want to get the photos up ASAP, or you are renting and aren’t allowed to nail hooks into the wall, look into adhesive frame hangers instead. That way you can unstick whenever without holes littering your walls
3. Clean It
It may have been professionally cleaned before you moved in, but the act of dragging in all the furniture and unpacking will have dusted up the place again.
Whip out the vacuum and the duster and give the place a once over. Not only will it do the cleaning job, but it will smell a bit more like home and not like the moving truck. You can also light your favourite candle to get rid of that ‘just moved’ smell.
Spend time in each room. Cook a meal you know well in the kitchen — this means that you won’t burn anything while you’re looking for your things, but you will bring familiar memories into an unfamiliar place.
Have a movie night in the lounge, spend time doing something other than sleeping in the bedroom, and spend time in each of the children’s/spare rooms.
If you can, want or need to, then decorate. Nothing makes a house feel more like yours than spending time improving it.
Your taste in colour schemes or decorations will bring your personality to the house and make it more yours instantly. You don’t even need to paint — maybe just get some new bed covers or some new cushions for the couch. The little things can work as well as the big.
Invite everyone over! Once you’ve settled in, have the family over, or a group of friends. Sharing your new home will give you a sense of pride and love for this new building.
They might also have some good ideas for storing the things that have ended up in your dump zone. Filling a house with love and laughter will do more for making you feel at home than anything else.
As annoying as it sounds, the best thing for making a house feel like home is time. The more time you spend there, the more you think of it as home. You learn all of its nooks and crannies, where the best place to sit to catch the last evening rays are, and where the internet dead zone is – every house has one!
Over time you will fill the house with new things, new memories and new people, and it will be your home.
Source: Gen Twenty