Moving to a new home is an exciting time. Whether you’ve purchased a brand-new home or you’re moving into a rental home, there will be lots to think about. Many people initially struggle to adapt to the move, as they may miss their old home. However, you can do a lot to your new home to get the most out of it and help make it feel more like yours. Let’s take a look at some ideas.
Declutter and clean
One of the first things you need to do in your new property to help you feel more at home is to declutter and clean it. A new home means you start with a clean slate. You should take this opportunity to declutter your belongings and get rid of anything that you feel you don’t need. You don’t need to throw things away, though. Instead, consider donating items to local charity shops, as it’s likely that someone will be able to make use of them.
Decluttering also helps you to think about what you actually want in your new home. You can bring along some of the classic furniture that you’ve had for a while, as this may help you feel more settled into the home. If not, think about what sort of new items and furniture could suit the house.
When it comes to your new home in general, you should consider conducting a deep clean before moving everything, and everyone, in. While the previous inhabitants are likely to have cleaned the new home, it may not be to your standard or just feel off. Cleaning your new home can help you connect with the property and make it feel more like your home.
Decorate to your aesthetic
Once you’re satisfied with all the cleaning throughout your new home, you can start to decorate it to your own aesthetic. This means decorating the way that you like and nobody else. You have a completely free rein here. For most people, this means adding the personal touches that truly make the home their own. This could involve hanging personal pictures or re-siting stuff from their old home that’s nostalgic.
It could also just be the design of the home itself. From the doors to the furniture, a lot can be changed. You will be surprised how much a splash of paint can transform a room. It would help if you considered what colours you want, and you can start trying to work them into the design of a room. Consider starting in one room at a time before ramping it up into multiple rooms. You should have an idea of the general idea you want. It may help to use 3D imaging software to help you create this, or you could hire an expert to come in and help visualise your dreams.
There are likely going to be plenty of small touches that can truly make the home feel more like your own place. For example, you may want the windows adapted or the curtains changed. Even changing the door furniture, such as the door handles, can change a lot about a room. Take a look at the interior door handle collection by Corston to see this in action. Brass door handles may suit your aesthetic and will be worth exploring.
Utilise the new outdoor space
A new home means that you will have a new garden to mess around with. You can do a lot to a garden to help make the home feel more like yours. For example, you could look to build a fire pit or some sort of outdoor seating area. This will help create a social space for you, the family, or anyone looking to stay over.
A water feature can also completely transform a garden. If you are into nature and the water, this will be an absolute must. There is a range of water features that you can make use of. For example, you could install a fountain at the front of your home to give it an added luxury feel. You could also add a pond or some kind of water feature that can add a soothing element to your garden and become the focal point of the outdoor space.
If you have any children, why not create a treehouse? A treehouse is a great project for not just you, but the whole family to get involved in. A treehouse, or a playhouse, can also make a garden pop and look more vibrant. There are plenty of treehouse ideas that you can consider. A lot of it will come down to your available space, but it may also come down to personal preference.
The garden also offers you the chance to grow whatever you want. This means you can grow a vegetable garden and whatever sort of veg you and the family fancy. You can also then enjoy the fruits (or veg, in this case) of your labour! Building a greenhouse may be a good idea, as this could be a unique way for you to grow veg of all kinds of variety.
Create a suitable atmosphere
While changes can be made to a home, the atmosphere can feel slightly wrong. Adapting to a new home can take time, and you have to remember that: you are unlikely to settle in straight away. With this in mind, you should carefully consider what sort of atmosphere you are trying to cultivate. If you are trying to create a cosy atmosphere, then some bookcases and a reading nook could be right up your street. A lot can be done to create a reading nook, you just have to think about what you want. Consider looking at reading nook inspiration online to see what’s out there and get inspired.
Have an early housewarming party
A great way for you to settle into your new home is to have a party! This can involve your closest friends and family and help the home feel more like your own. You should ensure you are ahead of time or as unpacked as you can be. This can help the party run more smoothly and will certainly help you clean up afterwards.
If you are planning on having a party, you should send out invitations as early as possible. This will mean you need to decide on a date and time early. Find a suitable time for yourself and anyone you want to invite. Discussing these ideas with everyone ahead of time may be a good idea.
It would be best if you also thought about any activities you want to run. These could be classic drinking games, or you could be interested in something fancier. You will also likely want to conduct a tour of your new home, so you should ensure the rooms are ready. If you will have music at your party, and all good parties have music, then you should plan the playlist ahead of time. Lastly, ensure you have fun, as that ultimately is the main part of a housewarming party.
By the end of this article, you should have more of an idea of what you can do to settle into your new home. As mentioned in the introduction, these things will take time, so there is no point in rushing anything. Carefully consider what will work for you, and experiment with some of the concepts we have mentioned. Eventually, you may find something that helps you and the family settle in.