No matter how excited you were to move into your new home, those first few weeks can feel a little strange; you’re in a new environment surrounded by new noises and smells, and you may even feel a little homesick for a while. You’ve probably been living out of boxes for several weeks at this point, and now you’re doing so in new surroundings. Here are a few tips for making a new house feel like home.
Tackle the Closets First
When you’re disorganized, everything takes longer; even simple tasks like getting ready for work in the morning or helping your children get out the door for school can cause tremendous frustration when no one can find socks. Rather than prioritizing and unpacking common living spaces first, unpack your closets and toiletries first so that your morning and evening routines will suffer as little interruption as possible.
Make Sure Your Home Is Safe
The previous homeowner’s friends, family members, and even former contractors may have copies of your home’s keys, and until you change the locks, your home probably isn’t as secure as you’d like. Before you move in, have your locks rekeyed or replaced, and change the code for your garage door opener. You should also make sure that your home’s smoke and carbon monoxide detectors have batteries and are in working order.
Bring Out Your Favorites
Do you have a particular fragrance oil that you always use that, to you, is the scent of home? Create an instantly cozy space by lighting your favorite candles and playing your favorite music.
Get a Feel for Your Home
It’s unlikely that your new home is laid out exactly like your old one, and it can take months to figure out how to make each room comfortable and functional. Take your time when deciding how to decorate your new home. Tackle any simple repairs first, give your home a good cleaning, and brighten your new rooms with a fresh coat of paint to help you get a feel for the space.
Make It Your Own
Once your furniture is in place, you can begin deciding where to hang your artwork. This will instantly add extra personality to your home and make it feel like “you,” (which is always a very welcome feeling after a big change). Since you’re getting a fresh start, you have the perfect opportunity to avoid the most common mistakes people make when hanging their artwork and even choose a few new pieces for sprucing up your collection.
Want to add a new one-of-a-kind piece to your collection? At Soundwave Art™, you can create a custom piece that will be loved for years to come. Record your own message that will be converted into a soundwave and applied to your artwork, or choose from one of our many pre-designed soundwaves.
Go for a Walk
The best way to learn your way around your new neighborhood and meet new neighbors is to go for a walk. Explore your new surroundings, find a new local hangout, meet new people!
Settling into a new home takes time, but by staying organized and giving yourself the time you need to recover from the move, the journey can be fun instead of stressful.