When you have moved into a new place, it can be hard to make it seem less empty and sterile. Even if you are already head over heels in love with the place, you can still struggle to make it seem more comfortable and homely. It can be difficult to really settle in.
“New house” isn’t really the same as “new car” – you want to ensure that that feeling fades away as soon as possible. Instead of waiting around for weeks while you don’t truly feel at home, there are some steps you can take to speed along the process. Here they are.
Start with What You Need
When you’re unpacking all your various boxes, it can be tempting to start off with the shared areas, like the kitchen and the living room. Obviously, get the big and important pieces done first – places to sit and eat, things to do the cooking with – but after that, it is important to ensure that you get your everyday stuff.
We’d recommend sorting out your closets and drawers first of all. This will mean that you’re not struggling to find things to wear when you’re back at work on Monday morning!
Get the Kids Sorted
If the kids are comfortable, then the house is as well. Nothing makes a new home feel any more stressful than the children bugging out about everything being all new and strange, so you can improve the whole atmosphere very quickly by ensuring you make them happy first.
That’s why we recommend starting with the kids’ rooms, making sure they have the things that they need to feel comforted and at home. A happy child makes for a happy home, leaving you to get the rest of the stuff sorted in peace.
Grab the Favourites
The best way to feel at home is to bring out all of your favourite things and to make sure you feel good about life in your new home. Get your favourite music on, turn the lights down a bit and chill out with a glass of wine or a beer or something. You’ve just moved house – you deserve some you time!
Cook yourself your favourite meal as well. Sure you can treat yourself to a takeaway on the first night, but nothing screams “home” like home cooking. (And it means you have to get all the kitchen stuff unpacked as well, so it’s a win-win situation!)
Make Yourself Comfortable
Okay, so the whole point of this article has been to help you get comfortable in your new home, but this time we actually mean it in a literal sense – you need to bring out all of your softest and comfiest things!
That means your nicest bedding sheets and covers, your plumpest pillows and cushions, a warm and fuzzy rug or two, and maybe even a lovely throw. Make things comfy and you’ll feel comfy yourself.