It doesn’t matter how much you are buzzing to move into your new place, those first few days, weeks and maybe even months will probably feel as alien as anything could. Yes, this is your house, the one you have bought, but something feels a little weird, and that something is the fact it doesn’t feel like home yet. That is the moment you realize just how huge the difference between a house a home really is. On paper, it may be nothing more than a nuance, but in real life – where it matters – the difference is staggering.
So, instead of waiting for that homely feeling to settle like winter snow, the best way to bring on that ambiance is to go and get it. Even while you are living among boxes and asking the removalist company if they can store certain bits for longer, it is totally possible to feel settled, happy and, well, at home, and here is how:
Make Up Your Kid’s Bedroom
If your kid feels at home, then you will start to feel that warm fuzzy feeling swell in your belly and that is how a home should make your feel. So put their bed together, drop their wardrobe and drawers in, get that sofa they had in the old room, put their books on the shelves and hang the art back on their walls. Whatever their old room had, add it to their new room.
Now Make Your Own Bed
Whether that means digging out the tool box, getting on your hands and knees and building your bed frame, or whether it just means putting the bedding on a mattress on the floor, it will have a huge impact on the way you feel about your new home. It will give you somewhere to collapse at the end of the day and catch up on your sleep and that is a good thing.
Own Those Windows
These are often one of the last things we touch, and that is why it can take so long for your new house to feel totally like home. So, get straight to it by taking down those old Venetian blinds and put up some gorgeous new curtains in their place, curtains that you love and made yourself, the kind that will add another level of warmth to your space.
Put Your Art Up
The difference between a home-home and a temporary home is the walls. Nothing says, “this is just a house that we live in,” more than bare walls. It just lacks that finesse, even if the paint job is delightful or the wallpaper is to your taste. Even if you haven’t decided on where to hang it, just leaning it up against the wall can make a huge difference to the vibe and feeling of your space.
Smells Like Home
A home is a home when it smells like your home. That is why inviting smells can go such a long way. So, whatever takes your fancy and makes your nose smile should be explored. It could be that you go down the diffuser route, incense, air fresheners, constantly brew coffee or just have a popcorn machine running around the clock. Walking through the front door and getting hit by that homely smell is a great way to get that, “honey, I’m home,” feeling.