We’re now a week and a half into living in our new home – and I think I love it more and more with every day. There’s still a lot to be done, but it’s starting to feel like home. Having Freds arrive at the weekend, as well as furniture arriving yesterday, has really made a difference.
While we continue to settle I thought I’d share with you 10 things that have helped me make the house feel more like my home. If you have any tips or things that helped you too, share in the comments below (I need all the help I can get!).
10 things to do to make your new home feel like home
- Make your bed. The house is messy enough; a made bed is a step closer to tidiness.
- Even better, have new bedding for your first night. Treat yourself to nice bedding. Doing this meant I couldn’t wait to snuggle up under fresh sheets.
- If you have a pet, move him/her in as soon as you can. I had a week without Freds the cat and missed him every day. I’ve always had pets and the house ‘lifted’ once Freds arrived.
- Cook a meal and/or bake a cake. Stu cooked our first meal and it felt so good to eat a proper meal (oops on the takeaways!) in our home. I then baked a birthday cake at the weekend and the house smelt amazing for it!
- Do your washing. It’s got to be done; the sooner you do it, the sooner you’ll have both clean clothes and know how the washing machine works!
- Run errands in the local area. I had to pick up a delivery from the local sorting office, so looked it up, plugged in my sat nav and off I went. And now I know where it is! Small victory! Obviously only applies if you’re moving to a new area.
- Say hello to the neighbours. They may or may not be friendly, but it’s polite to make the effort. Ours seem nice enough so far!
- Sit in the garden (if you have one), enjoy outside. Even if for 10 minutes, it was nice to sit in the sunshine in my garden in my home.
- Buy a nice doormat. Sounds very silly, but I needed one and when I walk to the front door it makes me smile to see our colourful new doormat.
- Change your address. OK, it might just be for bills but receiving post to your new address kind of helps.
Oh and one more thing – write about it! Seriously, writing this post has been helpful and I’ve had lots of support and kind words over on Instagram too.
I’ve been noting these things down as we’ve gone and I hope they help you now or one day. Moving house is stressful, fun, emotional and every other feeling in between, so take it one step at a time and look after yourself!
Thanks for reading.
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