3 Tips to Feel More ‘At Home’ in Your New Home
So, you’re finally fully moved into your new home. You had a stress-free experience, thanks to Out of state movers taking care of the heavy lifting, some of your extra items are in storage in San Diego, and you’re ready to officially get settled in. But, taking a look around a new house that’s filled with boxes and unorganized furniture can be overwhelming. Sometimes, it’s hard to know where to start, and even harder to imagine ever feeling like ‘home’ in this new place.
Thankfully, we’ve got a few tips you can use during the first week at your new house, to really make it feel more like your own, and to help you get settled in quickly.
1. Priority Boxes
Instead of feeling as though you have to unpack all of your boxes on day one, decide which boxes are a priority, and tackle those first. This could be things like a box of clothes for your bedroom, or the box that holds the coffee pot for your kitchen. Make a list of what you want to unpack first, and make sure you have those boxes labeled before you move, so you’ll have easy access to them when you arrive at your new home. Every box should have a priority ‘number,’ so you can go down the list without feeling so overwhelmed. When the most important things are unpacked, you’re less likely to worry about the small stuff.
2. Be Safe
Reviewing the safety features of your new home should be something you do on day one. This includes knowing how to manage all of the locks, security systems, etc. It’s also a good idea to go through the house and test smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors, and any other alarms that perhaps haven’t been used in awhile. Keeping your new space safe and protected will give you peace of mind right away. One less thing to worry about is always beneficial when you’re in a new space.
3. Fall Into Routine
Everyone has their traditional daily routine. It’s important to get back into that routine as soon as possible when you move into a new place. This is especially true if you have kids, or pets, who rely on that routine to feel comfortable and safe. Wake up at the same time, do the same things each morning and evening, etc. The sooner you can fall back into the habits of daily living, the more comfortable everyone will be.
It will undoubtedly take time for everyone to become completely adjusted and comfortable in a new home. But, making the best of the situation, and doing what you can to really make the space your own will help to speed up the process. Decorate to your personal taste as soon as possible, hang artwork from your kids on the fridge, and add special touches that are specific to your family. You’ll start feeling like you’re in the right place in no time.