Settling into a new home can be a mixed experience. You might have a bit more space, first of all, and a completely new and different area to explore – but the place will certainly not feel like home right away. For the first couple of weeks, it may even feel like you’re living in somebody else’s home and pretending to live their lives rather than staying in your own sweet home.
Luckily, there are a few ways to speed things up and make sure that your new home does, in fact, feel like home rather than a new and stiff couch that needs to be sat in before it’s actually comfortable.
Here is a handful of tips to get you started with your nesting; it’s no guarantee that you won’t walk back to your old home while sleeping, but at least you’ll be able to enjoy living there and come to terms with your new quarters a bit sooner.
First: Make it personal
You probably knew this one was coming right away, but a touch of personality is so important that we might as well start off with it. There are many ways to make it personal, though, and more ways than just putting up your favourite decoratives as soon as you move in.
Start by surrounding yourself with familiar faces, first of all, by buying some of these slide in frames and equipping them with your best pictures. These ones are double-sided, by the way, so you’ll be able to save a bit of money too. Place them on an island or just move them around once in a while to change things up a bit.
Sometimes, it helps to have something familiar around you when you’re trying to settle in and, just like a kid needs his or her teddy bear to feel safe, you should bring out your favourite throws and pillows. Make them a part of your living room for now and store them away again when everything feels a bit more homely.
Next: Get cooking
While doing something you enjoy certainly helps to make everything feel more like home, cooking will make it smell like home too. Getting familiar with your own kitchen and allowing the aromas to trick you into believing you’ve been living there for a while is, in fact, a tried-and-tested trick in terms of feeling more relaxed and at home.
Another point to this is that you will need to get to know your kitchen, figure out how unpredictable that oven can be, and find a place for everything. If you never use your kitchen, you’ll never be able to do this – and it will just be there for show rather than helping you to feel at home.
Finally, you’re going to feel so much more relaxed and comfortable when you’re able to be yourself in your new home. Put on some loud music, walk around naked after you had that shower, put on a face mask, and sing to your heart’s content – you’re at home, after all, and nobody can tell you anything.
Try to get these three things over with within the first days of moving into your new home, and it’s going to feel like it’s yours so much sooner.
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