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Feb 15

Settling In: How to Make That New House Feel Like Home

Moving house can be a bit of a turbulent time – but it can also be an exciting one. One of the main factors in moving into a new house is getting used to the place. No matter how pleased you are with your new dwelling, it can be easy to find yourself mourning the old one. That’s okay; it’s perfectly natural. But at some point, you need to get settled in and move on after moving in. If you are in this situation at the moment, or you are moving soon, then don’t worry. I’ve put together a couple of pieces of advice for when you are feeling a little homesick in a new home.

Settling In: How to Make That New House Feel Like Home

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Accept What You Have

One of the more difficult parts can be when you realise that your new home is lacking in one or two areas. This might be because you rushed into it slightly. But more often than not, it’s just because you miss your old home. It is important at this stage not to romanticise your old house too much. If you do that, you will only miss it more and more. Okay, your new place might lack a couple of features. But that’s okay – you’ll get used to it. Besides, everything is workable, so there’s nothing to worry about. Accept the home you have as early as possible and save yourself a whole heap of grief.

Recreate the Familiar

Chances are, you have moved house with most of your old belongings in tow. That’s great – that means you can go about making your new place look like home! Put up some of the favoured family portraits. Scatter the cushions that you had in the old living room. Make up your beds with your favourite sheets. These little things can make the transitional period that much easier. Just be careful not to go overboard; you want it to look and feel familiar, but you don’t want it to be identical!

Settling In: How to Make That New House Feel Like Home

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Get the Basics Out of the Way

There is so much to do when you move into a new home – it can be a little overwhelming. But don’t let it get to you. Take it one step at a time and start with the basics. Get the essential stuff out of the way first – that way you can focus on settling in. Check the phone line and get it sorted if anything’s wrong. See what energy supplier you have, and shop around if necessary. Check availability of AT&T Internet plans in your area. The last thing you want is to be left without Internet while you are trying to get comfortable in your new home.

Make it Comfortable

For any new home, comfort is key. Now that you have the admin side of things done and dusted, work on making the home as comfortable as possible. If you have kids, start with their rooms, so that they can settle in easier. Remember: it is probably much harder for them than it is for you! But make sure you give yourself some alone time with your new place, too. Before you know it, you’ll be happier than you were in your old home.

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