You somehow managed to fit everything in your old home into boxes and you’ve got the keys to your new home. Now that you’re ready to settle in, you’re probably wondering if all the chaos will ever settle down so that your new house will truly feel like home. In addition to the obvious unpacking, there are several ways you can start the settling in process.
Be Logistical About Unpacking
It would seem like the easiest and quickest way to settle in would be to quickly unpack everything, but you don’t want you and your new home to become overwhelmed with stuff. Hopefully, you were methodical about your packing, making sure each box was packed by room or usage, but if not, you can access a copy of your moving company’s inventory list.
When unpacking, start with the kitchen first, followed by the bedrooms and bathroom. Arrange furniture in each room and adjust if needed. If you didn’t get a chance to de-clutter when you were packing, do it as you unpack by putting items into a keep, donate, and sell pile. For any items that you plan to get rid of but don’t necessarily have the time to deal with right now, put them in self-storage. Be sure to research the costs of storage units in your area – the average price of a self-storage unit booked in Santa Rosa, California, over the past 180 days is $110.48. Moving the things you don’t want or need out of the home gives you more incentive (and space) to organize everything you’re keeping, knocking out two birds with one stone.
Bring in Familiarity
There will be things you miss about your old home, but what’s stopping you from bringing your old home’s atmosphere into your new home? Bring in familiar sights and sounds such as the ticking of your kitchen wall clock or the scent of vanilla from your diffuser (you can grab an affordable diffuser at Walmart for around $20 if you don’t already have one). If you have a favorite piece of artwork but aren’t sure where you want to hang it yet, set it against the wall for the time being to create that homey, lived in feel.
Recreate your routine as well. For example, if you had a drop-off system for shoes, coats, book bags, and keys, implement the same one here. You might have to make some new adjustments, but ideally, your location will change and your routine will stay the same. While it’s certainly nice for your new home to remind you of your old one, don’t be afraid to switch up the décor. Brighten up rooms by hanging mirrors (Kirkland’s has a great selection of mirrors starting at $19.99) and layering lighting (ambient, task, and decorative). You can even decorate your home with plants too by using this guide courtesy of World Market. As an added bonus, you can shop their store in Santa Rosa to find all sorts of unique decorative pieces, furniture, art, and more.
Settle Into Your Backyard Too
When settling into your home, don’t forget that your backyard needs some love too. Your yard is where you will relax, host parties, watch your children play, and let your pets roam, so it makes sense that you’d want to spend some time sprucing it up. A great way to create both a relaxing environment and a little bit of privacy is to plant a living fence made of trees and shrubs. As a bonus, evergreens, plants, and trees stay green all year long, turning your backyard into a true oasis. Make it an even more inviting space by creating your own patio using pavers and sand. Just outline your patio, dig up the landscape, and add landscape fabric, then use sand or gravel to lay down a base for your pavers or stones. Once you’ve laid your patio, fill in the gaps with the remaining gravel, set out your patio furniture, and enjoy.
It might not seem like it now, but your new house will eventually feel like home. Once you unpack, start adding personal touches both indoors and out. Before you know it, you’ll forget why you were worried in the first place.
Suzie Wilson is an Interior Designer, Author, Creator of Happierhome.net and the author of this article. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org