Moving: Making a New Space Your True Home

For many people, home is their safe, happy place. When you’re feeling overwhelmed and stressed, you probably find yourself longing to return to your personal oasis. So, what if you’ve just relocated? Whether you’re settling in to a house with twice the square footage of your former quarters or you’re working with a small space, you can transform any area, once again, into your happy spot.

Plan Ahead

Getting settled in actually begins before you’ve even booked a moving van. Before you start unloading boxes, spend some time in each empty room. Ask yourself, what does home look like? What did your former residence have that you’d like to recapture? What was it lacking that you’d like to incorporate? If you don’t have much time to spend in your new environment, consider recording a walk-through with detailed shots of each space. This way, you can visualize and get a sense of where you want things to go, and how you want them to look. This also can help streamline the unpacking process, and allow you to dive into actually beginning to live in your new place.

Have a Home-Cooked Meal

There’s a reason that people often recall their kitchens being the heart of the home in their childhood. It’s incredibly tempting to just order some takeout and eat from paper plates after a long day of unpacking, but making a house into a home means making memories- and the kitchen is a great place to start. Having a meal for the first time in your new space is a special occasion. Get the whole family involved in preparing a meal together, put on some fun music in the background, and really make your first meal one to remember.

Recreate Familiarity

Sure, your space has changed, but that doesn’t mean everything has to be new. Recapture the smells, sights, and sounds of home to help ease your transition. The living room is the perfect place to set the scene. Add your family’s favorite scented candles, place out the coziest throw pillows and blankets, and spend some down time in the space together. Watch a favorite movie, read a book to the kids, or even put on music. Adding back in some things that have always been a part of your home will help recapture its essence. 

Put the Kids First

Moving can be stressful on everyone, but it is particularly hard on children. Kids are still developing, which is why they are prone to melt-downs. To help keep your kids feeling comfy and secure, prioritize their rooms first. Set aside and keep special track of the things you know your child will need to feel at home, like favorite stuffed animals. Make sure you label their boxes (you can even let them decorate the boxes) so you can promptly take them to their room/s. Make an effort to get their furniture together first, and get them situated. A happy kid often times means a happy parent.

Home Is Where the Heart Is

The initial relocation process is often the biggest obstacle when it comes to getting settled into a new space. With just a couple of strategies, you’ll find that moving into a new space can be more exciting than stressful. With excitement comes smiling, and with smiling comes happy memories. Love, laughter, and happy memories; these things are what truly make a home.

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