First, take some time to get to know your new neighborhood. Go for a walk around the block and explore your new city or town. Stop in at some local cafes and restaurants and take a look at the local attractions. Knowing your new surroundings can help you feel more at home in your new space. And this works for pets too! In fact, taking your dog for a walk around the neighbourhood could be just what both of you need.
Make It Comfy
Next, it’s important to make sure your home is organised and comfortable. Take some time to unpack and organise your belongings, and make sure that your furniture is arranged in a way that is comfortable and inviting to you. Add some cozy touches like blankets and cushions, and make sure you have plenty of storage space.
Once everything is in order, it’s time to add your own personal touch to the space. Hang up some artwork that you love, add some plants to the living room, put up a few photos of your family and friends. These small touches can make a big difference in making the space feel more familiar.
Indoor plants can be an excellent way to both decorate and ground your new space. According to this 2021 study, people experience significantly elevated comfort, relaxation and mood when looking at real plants.
You can also make yourself feel a little more at-home by using a calming scent - using a candle, reed diffuser, incense etc. Interestingly, in a study from 2017 researchers claim to have eased anxiety and depression in mice using the scent of cinnamon extract.
Fill It With Friends
Finally, it’s time to enjoy your new home. Invite friends and family over for a housewarming party and show off your new space. Have a movie night with your family and get comfortable in your new home. Take advantage of your new city or town and explore all that it has to offer.
In conclusion, moving into a new home can be a challenging experience, but with a little effort and planning, you can make your new house feel like home. Take the time to get to know your new neighborhood, make sure your home is organised and comfortable, add your personal touch and don't forget to try to enjoy the process. Additionally, make sure to take safety precautions, update your address and ask for help if you need it. Remember that making a house a home is a process, it takes time and effort, but with the right mindset, it'll be worth it in the end.