When you move home it can take a long time to get over the sense that you’re living in someone else’s house. The sooner you feel settled in your new place, the happier you’ll be and this is especially true for families with young children. Here are some ideas to help get your new place feeling homely fast.
Prioritise your unpacking
Given how stressful and exhausting the moving process can be, it’s entirely understandable that most of us don’t immediately unpack everything the second we get to our new place. However, having a house full of half unpacked rooms certainly won’t help you feel at home. Try having a couple of boxes of essential items for each room, but then pick a few rooms to prioritise getting fully unpacked. That way you’ll at least have a few safe, comfortable places to relax amongst the chaos.
Meet the neighbours
Getting settled into a new place is often about more than just getting used to your new house or flat. Feeling comfortable in a new area can take even longer, so it’s a good idea to get on top of this straightaway. Introducing yourself to your neighbours and asking their advice about the area, where to shop, the best restaurants and so on, is a great way to make you feel more connected to the area as well as potentially making some nice new friends.
Get friends and family over
Leaving a home can make you feel like you’re leaving memories behind as well, making the change even more of a wrench. The sooner you can start inviting your friends and family over, the sooner you can start making new memories to associate with your new home. This doesn’t need to be a major housewarming party, simply having some of your close friends or family over for some takeaway and a bottle of wine can be enough to get you started. Entertaining in any form is a great way to help you feel like you’re really taking ownership of a space.
Make sure your nose knows you’re home
As strange as it might sound, our sense of smell is one of the most powerful triggers to our memory, sense of place and emotions. The unfamiliar smell of a new place increases the sense that you are in a strange place, so introducing some of your favourite scents can help put your stamp on the new environment. Fresh flowers, plug-in air fresheners, baking bread and freshly brewed coffee are all popular scents that are easy to introduce and can help transform the feel of your new place within minutes.
The less tired and stressed you feel after your move, the more energy you’ll have to get your new place feeling homely. Use Intransit’s professional, reliable home removals service and we promise to make your move as easy and painless as possible. Call today on 01225 759200 or email us for a free, no-obligation quote.