6 Creative Ways to Make Your New House Feel Like Home

Your new house may be great, but it may not feel as familiar and homey as your last place. That’s no problem. After moving into a new home, many people go through a transition period. You can remedy this by decorating intentionally, installing nice landscaping, and establishing routines. 

Below are some suggestions for making your new house feel more like home after a household move.

1. Fill Rooms With Pleasant Comforts

Fill each room of your home with pleasant comforts that make everyday life more enjoyable. Some examples:

  • Big, fuzzy throw pillows and blankets
  • New soft towels for your bathroom
  • Candles

Install soft rugs in the living room, bedroom, and guest room.

2. Landscape

Attractive landscaping boosts curb appeal and makes your home more welcoming from the exterior. When you come home to a well-landscaped property, it gets easier to appreciate where you live. If you’re still unpacking, you may have little time to landscape your property. Fortunately, there are easy ways to landscape a new house.

  • Establish a regular watering schedule to keep the grass green and healthy
  • Plant colorful, low-maintenance annuals in the garden beds
  • Lay down mulch around annuals to keep out weeds

3. Establish Routines

Establish routines to make life in your new home feel stable and predictable. These new routines may include breakfast on the patio on weekend mornings, dinners at the same time each night, and a walk around the neighborhood after dinner. Work with other family members to find routines that work for you. Over time, some of these routines may become traditions that bring the family together and create fond memories of your new home.

4. Paint the Walls

Your new home may be painted a generic white or painted in colors that appeal to the previous owners. Either way, unless it’s a new construction home, you likely didn’t choose that color for yourself. Painting the walls can help you feel more ownership over your new house. In common areas of your home, you might select neutrals that match the furniture and establish a pleasant environment for visitors.

In private parts of your house, like the bedroom, feel free to pick a color that is a personal favorite. Whether you love blues, greens, purples, or peaches, choosing a color that can make your bedroom feel more like your space and less like someone else’s is important.

5. Add Extra Light

  • Insufficient lighting, especially fluorescent lighting, makes a house feel unwelcoming. Make sure your lighting fixtures emit relaxing, warm white or yellow hues. Then, supplement the existing light where necessary. Adding lamps or string lights can instantly transform any room into a cozy retreat. Put in dimmers if you can so that you can change the intensity of the lights in a room to suit your needs or the time of day.

6. Include Greenery

  • Plants and flowers, like works of art and animals, are celebrated for their ability to lift spirits and calm the mind. Add fresh flowers and greenery to your new home to replicate the coziness of nature. Plenty of low-maintenance houseplants can provide you with a little bit of nature. Plant herbs in mason jars in front of your kitchen window, buy fresh flowers every week and display them on your dining room table, or choose one of the many low-maintenance houseplants that can survive periods without water.

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Contacting a capable moving company is important to make your relocation a smooth and pleasant experience. Get off to the right start in your new home. Contact us today to make an appointment to discuss your upcoming move.

Tips for Moving With a Toddler

Moving is challenging, but relocating with a young child presents its own difficulties. You can successfully relocate with a toddler. Here are some ways to lessen the stress of making a household move with a young child.

Talk to Your Child

Your toddler will notice the disruption immediately. Ensure they understand that everyone in the house is moving so they don’t fear being left behind. You might use a stuffed animal as a prop for the discussion. For example, “Hey, cat. We will have a new house, but you can still live in Shirley’s room.” Or consider reading to them from a children’s book on moving.

If possible, take them to visit the new house before the movers come.

Follow Consistent Routines

Toddlers gain comfort from routines. As much as possible, maintain the same schedules during your move. Keeping the same bedtime is most important.

Get Help

Find child care for one whole day while preparing to move, then use the time to declutter and pack boxes.

Since a toddler requires constant care to keep them safe, find someone to watch them on your moving day. You’ll want to focus on how the process is going. 

Allow Time for Snuggles

Children crave attention. Pausing for snuggles during moving preparation can help your child adjust better.

Once you’ve moved into the new home, spend as much time cuddling with your toddler as possible. They want their parents to help them through the changes. If you work, take time off to spend with them during the initial adjustment period.

Also, look for moments of fun throughout the move. Boxes can make great toys in the short term.

Avoid Vacations

Toddlers need to get into the routine of their new home as soon as possible. Avoid scheduling vacations within the first few months of moving into your new home. Even a short vacation can make your toddler feel less secure.

Pack Their Bedroom Last

Your toddler will want a haven from the chaos. To provide this, pack up the toddler’s bedroom last and set it up first in the new home. If they have favorite sheets, consider keeping them on the bed until the last minute, then removing them on moving day and washing them to put them back on before bed at night.

Also, pack a box or small backpack of your child’s favorite toys and stuffed animals and set it aside so you’ll have them when you arrive in your new home. You might also pack diapers, cups, and other necessities in the box.

Toddler-Proof the House

Remember to toddler-proof the house. Eliminate window shade cords, cover outlets, and install baby gates as needed to keep your child safe.

Stay Calm

Toddlers quickly pick up on the emotions of their parents. If the child senses your anxiety, they are more likely to become anxious. Practice self-care so that you can remain calm during the move.

Hire Professional Movers

Professional movers can take care of many details, giving you time to spend with your toddler. Contact us today for a free quote for your upcoming move.