Congratulations on your new place! You’ve worked hard to get there, and you deserve to enjoy it. Now that the hustle and bustle of moving is over, it’s time to take a place full of stuff and make it your home. Where do you even begin? Consider these 10 tips for establishing your new home.
Tips to Make Your New House Feel Like Home
A house is a structure, a building. It is wood and brick and trim. Home is a feeling. Home is culture and personality and common bonds. The following tips will help you quickly make your new place feel like home, even before you’re completely finished unpacking and organizing.
- Prioritize What You Value Most – Everybody is different and find some things more important than others. Whatever those things are for you, do those first. Whether it be something on this list, or something else, focus on what’s important to you first. It may be a particular room or feature, or a service like the Internet.
- Pace Yourself and Rest – You want this to be an enjoyable transition for everyone, and you can easily get burned out if you push yourself and others too hard. It’s ok to rest and relax after a full day’s work. Be sure to schedule short breaks throughout the day and ample time each evening to relax and unwind and rest. Also, drink plenty of water.
- Clean Before Unpacking – More than likely your new place could use a cleaning before you even begin unpacking. A clean house always feels better and it will be so much easier before you arrange everything. Give it a good cleaning before you unpack, and then touch it up once you are finished.
- Stock Your Kitchen With Basic Groceries – Nothing says Home more than good food and conversation. Go to your local market and just buy the essentials. Once your fridge and pantry is stocked, you’ll already begin to feel at Home, and everyone will thank you.
- Music Makes Atmosphere – Music connects our hearts and adds atmosphere to any room or event. Create a playlist using your favorite music app and fill your new home with your favorite music. It will make your time go by faster and help make some memories out of the move.
- The Internet Makes the World Go Round – Arrange to have your Internet setup ahead of time, so all you will have to do is connect your equipment and enjoy wifi. When you break for the evening, you’ll be able to stream your favorite shows or a movie while you relax. Plus, who wants to pay for data all day? Hook up your Internet as early as you can.
- Everything Begins At Your Porch – The first impression anyone will have of your home is your front door and porch. Take some time to sweep and clean and arrange whatever furniture or decorations you have. Hanging plants and a wreath on the door add a nice a touch that can even be seen from the street.
- Curtains, Curtains, Curtains – Hanging curtains in a room makes it feel complete. While this may be a detail you are tempted to put off, it can do wonders to the mood and feel of your home. You will be surprised at the difference it makes. Don’t forget to hang your shower curtains as well!
- The Ol’ Powder Room – Speaking of shower curtains, don’t forget to get your bathrooms decorated and in order. Everyone will visit these at least once or twice each day, so fixing them up will go a long way to making your house feel like home. Add your personal touch to this private area.
- It’s All the Little Things – Making your house your home is really about all the little details. Hang your photos and pictures. Light candles. Buy fresh flowers to brighten your key areas. Focus on whatever is sentimental or will bring back memories. Remember, you are creating your own culture.
Home is Where You Belong
Taking a little time upfront to do the things that will make your new house feel like home goes a long way. You will feel better and be more productive. The more at home you feel, the more you will enjoy the transition. Plus, now you can introduce yourself to the neighbors and welcome them to your new home.
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