When you move into a new home, your heart starts to flutter like butterfly wings, all that excitement building up as you prepare to start a new chapter in your life. But that feeling pretty quickly morphs into anguish and disruption as you try to navigate around a house full of boxes, unsure where you clean underwear is, or your toothpaste for that matter.
It’s the worst.
That is why we have pulled together a list of ways in which you can make your new house feel like a home almost instantly. Enjoy.
Don’t Unload Everything
Your moving in life is going to be so much harder if you have to erect wardrobes and build drawers before you have anywhere to put anything, which is why we recommend you keep some stuff in storage, at least until you are ready to start putting it away. Your mass of boxes is not going to diminish if you can’t even move around them.
Make Your Bed
It doesn’t matter whether you have to find your toolbox and build your bed that night, or whether you just sling a mattress on the floor and make it all homely with duvets and linen and pillows, making your bed is one of the best and quickest ways to make your house feel like home.
Set Some Lamps Up
If you are hoping to sink into that homely feeling as soon as possible, then you need to pop some lamps into each room – beside your bed, in your living room, around the kitchen etc. – because overhead lights just fail on the ambiance front. Unless you have a dimmer switch, they just won’t set the right mood, and that will make you pine for your old place.
Make The Bathroom Yours
Your old place probably wasn’t lacking certain things on the bathroom front, such as a shower curtain, bath mat, towels, and loo roll, so why are you settling for this now. The bathroom is one room that you can’t avoid for too long, which is why you need to nudge it up a few places on your to-do list.
When You’re Lacking Entertainment
You accidentally left your television in a box that went to storage, and the internet can’t be installed for another few weeks, which means your entertainment options are pretty limited. That said, you can still listen to your favorite songs and finish off that book you started reading in the summer while you wait, both of which will help your new house feel more like home.
Fill Your Fridge Right Up
The more full your cupboard and refrigerator are, the more your place will feel like a home – lived in. So, as soon as everything has been loaded off the vans, head to the grocery store and stock up on all those essentials you love and need. Ketchup, loo roll, peanut butter, Oreos, milk, cereal and anything else that will help you shake off the bare cupboard feeling. Oh, and it will make your takeout taste that much more amazing.