How to Make Your New House Feel Like a Home
Congratulations on moving into your new home! Moving into a new space can be both exciting and overwhelming. Perhaps you're finally getting your own place, moving in with your lifelong best friend or starting your own family — whatever your reason for moving house — it’s the perfect chance to create a fresh and exciting environment that reflects your personality.
Though let’s not forget the fact that it can feel quite daunting too. Not only do you have to sort through and organise all those moving boxes, but you might be dealing with a much larger or smaller space than you're used to. And if on top of all this you're also planning on redecorating the place then it’s safe to say you might be feeling pretty stressed right now.
That’s where we come in. Over the years we’ve racked up plenty of moving house knowledge and it doesn’t stop at how to dismantle a bunk bed or wrap up your finest tea set. So, let us share with you our advice for making your new house feel like a home.
The power of planning
When it comes to moving house, there’s often a heavy focus on the moving out part of process while everything that comes after that gets a little bit neglected. Our moving house check-list and how to pack for moving guide stress the importance of planning but we’ll let you in on a secret — planning will help you out massively here too.
Before you move in properly, do some measuring and decide which piece of furniture will go where and then double check it will definitely fit. Whilst you're moving, make sure that every box actually makes it to the right room. What's more, if you know you want to do some painting then keep some of your items in storage whilst you do this or leave items in their cardboard boxes so they're protected. Creating a plan for unpacking will help the process run smoother and keep those nerves in check, too.
Give the place a spring clean
Before you start to unpack, why not give the place a quick freshen up? We’ve no doubt that the previous owners will have cleaned the place thoroughly but there’s no harm in giving it another once over. Making sure the space is clean before you unpack will help it feel more like yours. Plus, it’s way easier to clean before you unpack than after.
Personalise the space
Once you’ve got all the large, heavier pieces of furniture in their rightful place, now you can start to put your stamp on your new home. Perhaps you’ve finally got your hands on your own place and are ready to turn those white walls fuchsia. Or maybe you’ve finally got the space for the Persian rug you’ve always dreamed of. Regardless of whether you’re renting or buying, there are endless ways for you to make the space your own.
So hang up your favourite artwork, display those cherished photographs and arrange sentimental items that evoke positive memories. Introducing familiar objects into your new environment can create a sense of comfort and belonging.
Prioritise your comfort:
The first couple of days and weeks in a new place always feel a little strange. During this time you might feel a bit off balance until you settle in so it’s important to invest in your comfort. Focus on the main living areas like the bedroom or living room. A quality mattress and soft bedding will enhance your sleep quality, allowing you to wake up refreshed and ready to tackle each day, while some plump living room cushions and a silky throw can make all the difference to your evening Netflix binge.
Create your desired atmosphere:
Have a think about what kind of atmosphere you want in the new space. Experiment with lighting options to achieve a warm and inviting ambiance in social areas. Consider using softer, dimmable lighting in more intimate areas and warmer tones in bedrooms for a relaxing atmosphere. Bringing scented candles, diffuses, plants or fresh flowers into the fold will also have an impact on the feel of each room. Don’t be afraid to experiment until you find your perfect vibe.
Switch it up
As creatures of habit we often like to keep things as they are. When you move home it’s tempting to set up the space exactly the way it was in your previous house. But why not switch it up a little? If you’re moving in with someone new then this is your chance to create something unique that perfectly blends each of your styles. Even if you’re moving by yourself the change can be refreshing. It doesn’t have to cost money either, it can be as simple as arranging the furniture differently or bagging yourself a new bargain bedside table at your new local car boot sale.
Don't forget those home comforts
In slight contradiction to our previous point, having reminders of your old place can bring about a sense of security. Even if the space is arranged slightly differently, being surrounded by all your things will remind you the space is yours. So don’t be so quick to hide everything away because you’re expecting visitors. Personal items make a house feel like a home and that’s exactly what you need right now.
Get back into a routine
Moving house is often a hectic a chaotic time. Everything can feel a bit up in the air as you try to unpack but can't find your running shoes or your best work shirt for days on end. Or maybe it’s taking a while to get the internet set up at your new place. We absolutely get it. When you’re feeling out of sorts the best thing to do is try and get back into a routine. Once you’ve unpacked properly and mastered your new commute it shouldn’t take you long at all to form a solid routine.
Host a house-warming dinner
A house warming dinner (or party if that’s more your thing) is the perfect chance to celebrate and show off your new home. Creating special memories in your new place can help you better connect with it. Plus, inviting people you know and love into your house serves as a welcome reminder that it's all yours now.
Settling in to a new home takes time, so be patient with yourself and the process. It's normal to feel a bit disoriented and even homesick during the first few weeks. Allow yourself to adapt gradually and remember that creating a comfortable and familiar space requires time and effort. Embrace the changes and challenges that come with a new environment and soon you'll find yourself feeling more at ease.
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