Home styling after the move: Clever tips to make your new place feel like home
Saying goodbye to your previous home and doing all the moving-related tasks is complicated and stressful; there is no doubt about that. But, according to most people, the hard stuff comes after you relocate. And, no, we are not talking about unpacking your boxes and assembling all that heavy pieces of furniture. We are talking about settling in and making your new place feel like home.
Believe it or not but living in a home that does not feel like one can cause many discomforts. In some cases, those discomforts disappear after decorating your home for holidays, celebrating your birthday there, planting your garden, etc. But, in most cases, that too is not enough. Sometimes you need to remodel and redecorate everything to remove that previous owner’s ‘scent’ and make your home truly yours. And that is why we are here! We will share with you some clever home styling tips and tricks that will make your new place feel like home after the move.
Unpack and Clean Everything First
First things first, after moving, you must unpack. We understand that this relocation might have been exhausting and that you want to postpone the unpacking process, but the sooner you unpack, the sooner you will be able to make your new place feel like home. Thus, start unpacking, either yourself or with the help of a moving agency you hired to cater to your needs. Once you have unpacked everything, get rid of the boxes and other packing materials you used. Recycle them or place them somewhere out of sight. By doing this, you will remove all the clutter and finally have a clear canvas to work with.
Then, it is time for cleaning! Do not postpone this task either – you do not know how clean the previous owners were (or were not). Thus, gather all your cleaning supplies, split the cleaning chores with other household members, and make sure you clean every inch of your new home.
If you have moving boxes scattered around your new place, it will never feel like a home.
Remodel If Necessary
If you moved into a place previously occupied by other people, you might want to consider remodeling a bit. We are not talking about doing those big projects like roofing and changing the doors and windows, no. We are talking about smaller projects that will make your new place feel like home.
For example, you can consider repainting everything. Use your favorite colors. If you want a bigger project than that, why not! Remodel the kitchen and the bathroom. Buy a different set of furniture for your living room (maybe one that reminds you of your previous home). You can even change the lighting and make it suitable to your needs and preferences.
Bring Out All Your Favorites
Another great thing you can do to make your new place feel like home is to bring out all of your favorites. That can be your favorite sofa, your favorite vase, or your favorite lamp. It can be any piece of furniture or any knick-knack you love.
It does not matter whether that favorite ‘object’ of yours fits with the rest of the household or not. If it relaxes you and makes you feel more comfortable in your new home, that is all that matters.
Moreover, if the place you moved into already has some furniture pieces that you do not enjoy, like a sofa, for example, remove it. You can store it in a storage unit or give it to somebody who might like it. Find an option that works for you. And once you do, you will make room for a sofa you want, that will make you feel more comfortable in your new home.
Bring out all of your favorite pieces – make your home resemble you!
Make Yourself Comfortable
As mentioned many times before, one of the crucial things to do to make your new place feel like a home is to get comfortable in it. Luckily, that is easy to do. Get some soft blankets, throws, and pillows for your beds and sofas. Trust us, a cozy and a ‘snuggle-worthy’ blanket can go a long way. Add some pots with plants, vases with flowers, books, magazines, etc.
If your walls are empty and sterile-looking, change that! Hang some artwork. Or, hang the pictures and photographs that remind you of your childhood home or your favorite places and people. Moreover, if your floors are bare as well, or if they are not in good condition, change that too! Just add some carpets.
Doing these small renovating and redecorating projects might not seem like a big deal. But, trust us, they are the ones that will make all the difference and make you feel welcome in your home.
Never underestimate the power of coziness in your home!
Make Your New Place Smell Like a Home
Last but certainly not the least thing you can do to make your new house feel like yours is to make it smell nice. You may think that this is absurd, but scent plays a vital role in whether we are going to like something or not.
Moreover, after cleaning and disinfecting your home, it will probably smell like chemicals. You do not want that! Luckily again, this, too, is something that you can change quickly. What you can do is bring some flowers inside. Or, place some air-refreshers, scented candles, scent diffusers, and similar all around your home.
But, what may work best in solving your problem is baking cookies. Just think about it – you will finally use that kitchen, you will call your friends and family members. Your home will smell like home, and most importantly, you will have fun and forget about all of your worries. You’ve made it – you managed to make your new place feel like home.