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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.