Moving into a new home is always exciting, but once all your stuff is moved in it can take a while for you to feel at home in your new space. You have gotten used to “home” looking and feeling a certain way, so this new house is bound to feel a bit foreign to you at first. Luckily, it’s quite easy to accelerate this process by putting some effort into making your new home feel comfortable and familiar.
This sounds extremely obvious, but the longer you put off unpacking everything the longer you are going to feel like you are still transitioning. Unpacking can be an overwhelming process, so be organized. Tackle one room at a time and make sure you find a place for everything – leaving a few cardboard boxes in a closet for the next few weeks is just going to make it harder for you to feel at home.
For more tips and advice, check out this guide by The Spruce to staying organized when unpacking.
Do Some Home Maintenance
Depending on whether the house was deep cleaned before the move or not, you may want to do it yourself after moving in. You can either dedicate a few days to doing a DIY deep clean, taking care to cover hard-to-reach surfaces, windows, carpets and floors, or hire a professional cleaning company to do the job. Either way, you’ll want to do this before unpacking so your stuff doesn’t get in the way.
If the previous owner did just deep clean, you’ll still want to dust off all the surfaces and do some basic maintenance. Leave this for after the unpacking process, as it is likely to stir up some dust and create a bit of mess.
The biggest difference between a house and a home are the personal touches. You want your house to be coordinated, so don’t proceed without a full decoration plan. If you haven’t started thinking about this yet, get inspired by the latest home decor trends, or hunt for a professional designer, but keep in mind your own personal taste above what is “in.”
What you can do is add small, personal touches that will make the place feel like home now, but that aren’t time-consuming renovation projects. Examples include hanging up some art on the walls, placing family photos, laying down rugs on the floor, or investing in some new decorative pillows and throws for the living room. These can bring a space to life, but can also easily be changed if your plan for the house changes.
Check The Air Quality
One way to instantly make yourself more comfortable in your new house is to make sure the air you are breathing is of the best possible quality. This is especially true if you are moving into a house that had previously been uninhabited for a while, as the rooms have probably not received proper ventilation in a while. Regardless of whether the home has been inhabited, one good idea is to purchase a filterless air purifier, which can remove pollen, dust mites, mold spores, and secondhand smoke. These types of air purifiers are perfect for those who don’t have the time to clean and maintain air filters.
Open all the windows for a few hours and get as much fresh air in as you can. You should also check the humidity levels in your new house, as low humidity can increase the effects of pollutants on the skin, eyes and lungs. It can also crack and warp wood furniture and floors, so getting a humidifier could both make you more comfortable and help with your home’s upkeep.
It may take a few months for you to truly feel at home in your new house, but these simple steps can be implemented within your first week. Make sure you set aside enough time after the move to dedicate yourself fully to these tasks – this will allow you to get everything done quickly instead of spending weeks in a house that’s not quite ready to be lived in.