The first few weeks in a new house always tend to feel, well, alien. You know the feeling. You wake up in a strange place that you’re still not used to. You look around and all you can see is boxes. You feel completely disorganized and out of sorts. And then you have the kids…. depending on their age they might not know the difference. But if you’re like me with two littles that are old enough to know they are in a new place, the extra boxes and clutter all serve as hazards they could use to hurt themselves. Oh the joys of moving. There is a pinch of excitement in there, but it kind of feels like nerves and regret is taking centre stage.
Of course, this feeling will go away with time. You’ll get a puppy or have a birthday or enjoy your first Christmas here, all of which will add to the homey feeling. Waiting for a milestone to arrive can take some time, and you probably want it to feel like home the moment the local movers unload the last of the boxes. Luckily for you, there are a few things you can do to encourage this and start feeling settled and happy from the get go.
Here is my list of six things you should do after moving in to make your new house feel like home right away.
Prioritize The Kids Room
If your kids are happy then you are going to be happy, and that means making their room feel like home. If you are like me with small kiddos, the one thing they are going to want access to is their toys. Make sure you relay this desire to your movers. Tell them to focus on unpacking your child’s bedroom first. After they have unpacked the toys, start to organize them so your kids can begin to play and feel at home.
Deal With The Wardrobe
A lot of people tend to focus on the living spaces and getting the common areas of the home sorted first. I understand why, but I don’t agree. By starting with your closet you are able to still “feel like you” and that can go a long way. Having all of your things at hand and being able to operate and function will go a long way on a Monday morning.
Make The Bed
It’s funny how a fresh made bed can make all the difference in the way the room looks and feels. This might require assembling your four-poster bed, or it could be as simple putting the sheets on your mattress, which is still on the floor. It doesn’t matter. So long as you have your bed made up, you’re going to feel more at home.
Create a “liveable” Bathroom
I’m not saying you should go updating your bathroom space right away. All I’m saying is, after your first night in your new place, nothing is going to remind you that you’re in unfamiliar territory quite as much as having no shower curtain, or towels. Flip that around so that it reads waking up and walking into a beautifully updated bathroom, with shower curtain, towels, bath mat, soap and toilet paper.
Voila, your new house feels like home from the moment you awake.
Stock The Fridge
It is one of the last things to cross people’s minds as they try and unpack every box and fix up every room. But if you can’t have a cup of coffee exactly when you desire one, or if you have to order another take out, then you’ll only feel even more foreign. Make sure you do a big grocery shop and get everything you would normally have. A full fridge will make everyone happy!
Even though this will be the last thing on your to-do list (might not even be on the to-do list for some of you), it will be the most influential. Let’s be honest, right after you move in, unpacking boxes just to decorate a space doesn’t sound super appealing.
My purpose to this last point is adding just a few things here and there can really start to make your house feel like home.
And that it folks. I feel certain that if you take care of these few tasks, your move will be a seamless and pleasant one.
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