There are few things more stressful in life than moving house. Of course, the actual process of planning and executing the move is challenging, but then you’ve also got to learn to adapt and adjust to your new surroundings. If you spent a large period of your life in your previous home and lived through life-changing experiences, like the births of your children or getting your dream job, then it will be filled with memories, making it difficult to let go. If you want to make this process easier and help your new house to feel just as special, comforting, and relaxing as your old place, then here are some tips to help you out.
- Focus On The Kids
You might feel stressed and out of place in your new house, but imagine how much worse your children feel, especially if they’re particularly young. Depending on your circumstances, your old home might be all they’ve ever known, making this new place feel even more foreign to them. Because of this, you should focus on unpacking their room before anything else. This way, they’re surrounded by familiar things, so they feel less stressed, which will help you to relax.
- Start To Unpack
If your house is empty, cold, and filled with boxes, then you’re going to feel a bit out of place. In fact, the chaos of the situation might completely stress you out. To help you settle in, you should start unpacking as soon as you can and start with the things you’ll need pretty soon, like your clothes, towels, and pots and pans. This means you won’t have to manically rip open random boxes when you want to have a shower. If possible, you should book some time off work, so that you can get everything sorted in one go.
- Hang The Curtains
It doesn’t matter whether you’re moving into a century-old cottage or a new launch property, your home is going to scream “new” and “unsafe” until you’ve got the curtains up. Your house is supposed to be your personal space, but it will never feel this way when your windows are bare, and strangers can look in whenever they like. This feeling will only get worse as the night falls, so it’s best to do this right away, or, better yet, before you start to move the boxes in.
- Make The Bed
Once you’ve sorted out the curtains, your next task is putting all of the beds up. Moving house is an incredibly tiring task, both physically and emotionally, so it’s vital that you get this done before you start to crash. Otherwise, you’ll end up having to sleep on a mattress on the floor, which will only ever make you feel more weird about your home. Once you’ve done this, feel free to go to bed as soon as you’re tired; Everything else can wait until the next morning.
- Give Everywhere A Clean
Your new house was probably cleaned thoroughly before you moved in, but during the move, there will have been a lot of dirt traipsed in, and all of the unpacking will have dusted everywhere again. To make yourself more comfortable, get out your mop, vacuum cleaner, and feather duster and go to town. This will, of course, clean the house, but it will also help to get rid of that “just moved in” scent and help your home to smell a little bit more like your old one. If moving in has you completely exhausted you can always hire a cleaning service to the job for you.
- Cook A Meal
You’ll probably be pretty tired your first night in your new home, so you can be forgiven for ordering a pizza or Chinese food. However, once this day is done, it’s important that you start to cook all of your meals in your kitchen. This way, your house truly feels like it’s yours, and you’ve got some nutritious, home-cooked food in your belly to boost your mood and give you the energy you need to get all of the boxes unpacked.
- Stick To your Routine
One of the reasons why moving is so stressful is because it completely disrupts your routine. Humans are creatures of habit, so when something gets in the way of what we’re supposed to be doing, it can make us feel uncomfortable. Because of this, it’s important that you get back to your regular routine as quickly as you can, and make sure to wake up, eat, and go to sleep at the same time you did at your old place.
- Add Personal Touches
A great way to make your new house feel a bit more like home is to add a few personal touches around the house that you had up in your old place. Things like family photographs, your children’s paintings, and random ornaments and knickknacks can all help to create a more familiar atmosphere. If you’re not sure where you want to hang your photos yet, but still want them up on the walls, then use adhesive frame hangers, so that you can unstick them easily.
- Have Friends Over
Once you’ve got all of the boxes unpacked and have properly settled in, invite your family and friends over for a meal or a housewarming party. Filling your home with so many familiar faces will really help to calm your worries and show you that, although you’ve moved house, everyone you love is still around you and can still come and see you whenever they want. This is also a great opportunity to show off the new place, which will help your love for it grow.
- Take Some Alone Time
If you want to make your new house really feel like home, then you need to start spending some time there alone. You could run yourself a relaxing bath, read a good book, or even just fall asleep in front of the television. As long as you’re relaxed, then you’re doing the right thing. You’ll soon start to associate these relaxed feelings with your home, and it’s at this point that you’ll start to feel genuinely happy there.
You’re not going to feel comfortable in your new house right away, but if you give yourself some time, and follow the advice above, then you’ll soon enjoy being there.
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