6 Tips to Make a New Place Feel Like Home

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Whether you are moving for a better job, a good educational opportunity, or just a change of scenery, uprooting your life is hard. Moreover, it is exceptionally challenging if you move interstate. For instance, if you are moving from a quiet city like Brisbane to the hustle of Melbourne or moving from milder temperatures in Adelaide to harsh temperatures in Canberra. But despite the challenges and anxiety one faces while moving to a new place, there is also a certain excitement to make new memories and start fresh in your new home. 

So if you have just moved and are struggling to live in your new house, here are some tips to help you settle in and make the new place feel like home. 

  1. Bring something old 

Bringing some of your old stuff, such as your old bed, a couch, or a piece of painting that has sentimental value to you, makes the new place feel less foreign. So when you are moving, bring the things with sentimental value attached to them to set them up in your new home.

But shifting to a new place is also tiresome, and bringing your belongings, especially if you’re moving out of your city, will take a lot of planning. So take help from a credible moving company for your move. They can make moving to a new home easier and take some tasks off your plate. For instance, if you are moving from Brisbane to Melbourne, you can hire moving companies that provide services in these specific areas so they can make your transition easier. 

  1. Unpack as soon as you can 

As long as your belongings are in boxes, you will always feel like an outsider in your own home. So organize the first chance you get. Your house will feel like a home when you have clothes hanging in your closet, furniture properly placed in all the rooms, and pots and plates stacked in the kitchen cabinets. Also, stock up your pantry so you can spend quality time with your family cooking meals instead of ordering from restaurants or buying ready-made meals.  

  1. Clean your place

Cleaning your home after you shift into it will make you feel at ease. With all the boxes lying around and the rooms filled with extra stuff, taking a moment to relax will be quite hard. So dedicate the first weekend to cleaning your new place with your family. Spray around some air freshener and light up some candles afterward. A clean space will make you feel a lot better. 

  1. Add your signature scent

Home is where the heart is, and there’s nothing like a familiar scent to put you at ease. So whether it’s the aroma of freshly laundered sheets or the calming scent of lavender, establishing a signature scent for your home can make you feel more at ease and home. Likewise, there is nothing like returning home to the comforting smell of your place after a long day at the office. So use scented candles, fabric sprays, or essential oils in a diffuser to make your home smell nice without too much effort.

  1. Give a personal touch to your new place  

What made your home feel like home? It was you and the things you loved to do in the house. Of course, you can’t set up your place like your old one right away, but gradually start making the changes that make you feel at home. For instance, some people like to do gardening, and setting up your new place will keep you too busy to invest a lot of time in that. But you can still buy some pots and plants to set up in the entryway or your patio. If you love decorating your house, you can unpack your photo frames and make a gallery of frames on the wall or hang all the old paintings you brought from the old place.

  1. Get acquainted with your surroundings

Go for a stroll around your place to get acquainted with your surroundings. It will help you settle in. Take your children to nearby parks or have dinner with your family in a restaurant. Try to make friends at your new place. Having friends and loved ones will give you a sense of belonging, making settling into the new home easier. 

Concluding thoughts

Leaving your home and moving to a new place is a hectic process, not to mention it is extremely overwhelming. It is exhausting both physically and mentally. Leaving behind all the people you know and the places you visit won’t be easy, but you have to do it anyway. 

So these are just a few tips to help you familiarize yourself with your new place. Surrounding yourself with things that make you happy will make settling into a new place easier. Something as simple as putting up old photos on the wall can get you in a good mood and make your new place feel like home to you.

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