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10 Ways to Settle into your New Home:

September 4, 2020, Author: Karen Stanley

Are you ready to settle into your new home? Moving is one of the biggest endeavors, but it’s a prime opportunity to start making your house your home. It can be easy to think we need to set EVERYTHING up, get EVERYTHING unpacked, and look like we’re completely settled in the first week. Maybe there are some people that can, but for the most part, a home takes time to settle into and make your own.

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Remember that moving takes time. Don’t try to do it all at once. Just like building your new home, it is a process

That is why we’ve created a list of 10 things you could do (why not pick one a day, for the first 10 days?) that will help you settle into your new home:

  1. Set up all the beds. This might seem straightforward, but being able to climb into bed at the end of the night is a major step in feeling like home.

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    Often hooking up the washer and dryer are one of the first things you do. Giving the sheets and other bedding a fresh start will help you feel more settled in
  2. Designate a space for more long-term storage, and boxes that don’t have to be unpacked immediately. Chances are kids are in school, you are working, and there isn’t always the opportunity to devote an entire week to only unpacking. Let boxes be out of the main living areas, so you can then unpack them as you’re ready.
  3. Pick a spot for the keys, phones, wallets–all those things that can be easily misplaced. Hang a key rack, or designate a basket so even if you can’t find the dog’s treats or your kiddo’s socks, you can find the keys, and get where you need to go.
  4. Get to know your home. Take a bit of time to walk through where important shutoff valves are, or just figure out how to work the AC. Check out this list to see how well you know your new home.

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    Everything is new when you move, but knowing where the shutoffs are, and how to work your appliances adds to feeling settled in your new home
  5. Pick one room and set it up completely. As you spend more time in the space, your decor choices will most likely evolve, but set everything up with what you have for the time being. It may be helpful to pick a room where your family can spend time together, like the main living room. Have a room completely set up to give you a place you can go to that feels like home. Even if you aren’t completely unpacked, it can be your spot to unwind.
  6. Double-check you changed your address with the post office and other important entities. Find a full list, here. 
  7. Stock the pantry. This is also a gradual process, but being able to enjoy meals in your own home, or just walk over and get cereal from the pantry, will make it feel more settled.

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    Keep it simple, and start by stocking your family’s basics and go-to’s
  8. Make a list of wants and needs for your new home. This can be an ongoing process, but start to identify any Amazon orders that would be helpful. Maybe it’s extra laundry baskets, or you realize adding a few hooks in the front closet would be a game-changer. Make a list so you know exactly what you need as you notice it.
  9. Decorate with what you already have. That couch may not be exactly what you want long-term. However, start by setting up what you do have, so you have a starting point that can feel more settled.
  10. Get to know your neighbors. Even with health concerns and less contact, it is still simple enough to introduce yourself at a safe distance. Did other neighbors move in next door? Here are some social distance approved housewarming gifts. 

There are many more things that go into getting to settle into your new home. Pick one or two things above if you don’t know where to start.

What stage of moving are you in? Have you decided to build? Maybe you are already celebrating that your new home is completed?

If you’re ready to start the new home building process, come take a tour to see our models, or visit us at the design center. We’d love to help you get started on building your new home!

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