No matter how excited you are about moving into a new house, it often takes some time before a new place starts to feel like home. Even when the moving boxes have been unpacked, the furniture set up, and the fridge stocked, it can still take a while before you start to feel comfortable in your new house. This feeling can often last weeks or months.
Fortunately, there are things you can do to make your new house feel like home ASAP. Here are our top tips:
Try to unpack as soon as possible
You’ll want to do this as soon as you move into your new home. But don’t just leave the boxes sitting around after you unpack your things. This will only remind you of moving day or of your old home.
Finish unpacking as soon as you can. Don’t leave any box unpacked — yes, even the one that has nothing in it but plastic food containers you don’t need just yet. After you’ve unpacked all the boxes, flatten them and send them off to recycling. Make sure there are no boxes and packing materials left inside your home.
Even if your new home was already cleaned before you moved in, it probably got dirty again because of all the activity on moving day. Vacuum and dust the house again or hire a professional cleaning crew to do a top-to-bottom clean.
If you can take a few days off to completely unpack and clean the house, do it. The sooner you can finish unpacking, putting your things in their proper spots, and cleaning up the house, the more it will start to feel like home.
Hang art and family photos
One of the easiest ways to make a new place feel homey is to hang your favorite artwork and display your family photos. Having familiar art and photos in your new home will help reduce stress and imbue the place with your individual personality, which will help make it feel “yours.” As you surround yourself with things that make you happy and make you feel good, you’ll soon start to experience that feeling of being at home.
If you moved into a rental and are not allowed to drill holes into walls, use adhesive frame hangers for hanging artwork and photos.
Nothing makes a new place feel like home more than when you’ve spent time making it look good. As soon as you move in and have cleaned up your new home, start decorating. It can be as simple as laying down your favorite Turkish rug in the living room or draping a nice throw on the couch. You could also start placing your houseplants around your new home.
Cook a meal in the kitchen
Try to spend some time in each room. Become familiar with your new kitchen by cooking a meal — even one as simple as pasta and a salad — during your first week at the new house. When you start to make new memories in your new place, the feeling of being somewhere unfamiliar will quickly dissipate.
One of the quickest ways to get comfortable in a new house is to make it smell like your old one. Light up your favorite candles or use your aromatherapy diffuser to get rid of that “new place” smell.
Over time, you will undoubtedly fill your new home with new memories, new friends, and new relationships. We wish you luck in this new chapter!