After all of the disorder and stress of the move, it can be a relief to get finally into your new house. But it can also be a strange time when you’re not quite sure where you belong. Help you and your family to feel more at home with my tip and tricks.
Surprisingly, scent is one of the main triggers for memory. In fact, it is often used by students who spray perfume that they have used during revision when they are in their exams. Capitalise on this by using the same air fresheners, scented candles and cleaning products as you did in the last house. This will help to give it a familiar smell and make the transition a little easier. In fact, you can use a particular scented candle for a month leading up to the move. Then again for the month after the move, so you get that continuity and a more homely feeling.
One of the best ways to feel instantly at home in your new house is to unpack your essentials first. Make sure you have cups, spoons and a tea towel in the kitchen. Also, think about unpacking the bathroom and the kids toys, so they are accessible. While it’s easier to focus on getting the big stuff like designer furniture, in place when you move. Remember, there is nothing that highlights you are in a new house more than digging through endless boxes to try and find what you need. Although it’ll take a bit of organisation on the packing side, you’ll be glad you did it when you come to move.
Get it done fast
Unpacking should be a bit like pulling off a plaster. Brace yourself and get it done quick, it is the least painful way. You’re not going to feel at home in your new place until you have all your odds and accouterments around you. So you need to bite the bullet and get unpacked as quick as possible. Set yourself a timescale and stick to it. Try to get fully unpacked within the first few days. It would definitely make the transition easier on everyone.
Have people over
An excellent way of getting unpacked fast is to invite people over within the first few weeks. This will give you some serious motivation to get your house shipshape and Bristol fashion. If you don’t know anyone in the area, perhaps you could have a barbecue, or a coffee morning to meet your new neighbours? Is an excellent way to make friends, and be part of your new neighbourhood. This will definitely contribute to you feeling more comfortable in your new surroundings.
Get your pictures up
I know that it’s very easy to unpack all the essentials that you need and leave the decorative touches until later. I think it’s a much better idea to get your family photos, art, and ornaments on display as soon as possible. It definitely makes it feel like home more quickly, by getting your kitchen gadgets out and making sure that the family portraits are up.