Making Your New House a Home: Focus on Comfort

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No matter how excited you are to be moving into a new house, there’s always a period of transition that can take you a while to work through. In other words, a house isn’t a home until it feels like one.

It’s natural to wonder why you made such a life-changing move while you’re moving heavy furniture around and carrying one heavy box after another upstairs. Fortunately, there are many ways you can hasten the process and start feeling like you really belong there with just a few simple and inexpensive modifications.

Get the Bedroom Situated

If you or your spouse are having trouble getting comfortable, start off with your bedroom. Arrange it to suit your tastes and comfort needs. If one of you has a prized collection or some especially meaningful possession, make it a priority to get it unpacked and set up as soon as possible. It may not make sense to start out this way, but you’ll be glad you created a comfortable personal space right away.

Nothing says “home” quite like a comfortable and familiar sleep space; your bed is always the focus of that space. Make it a priority to get everything just right, including favorite blankets, pillows and sleep aids (white noise producers, fans, sleep masks, etc.). Everyone needs a good night’s sleep, which makes a cozy, comfortable bedroom absolutely indispensable when you’ve just moved in.

Keep Your Routine Status Quo

It might be a challenge at first, but try to keep your weekly routine as status quo as possible. Getting comfortable is crucial when moving into a new house and one of the best ways to accomplish that is to maintain your patterns. If Thursday is dining-out night, stick to that. Keep up that Saturday movie night tradition as well, even while you’re still unpacking and arranging furniture. There are some things that can wait awhile; your comfort level is too important to put on the back burner, particularly if you’ve moved to another city and are starting over with new acquaintances, jobs and more. Add some visual familiarity by hanging a wreath over the fireplace or mantel or put up a much-loved piece of art while you’re figuring out how to arrange your hanging items.

Break in the Good Smells

Most of us, if asked, could name the smells that we associate with home. A “new home” smell isn’t quite like that “new car” smell. A new house usually smells like new paint, varnish and things you’d associate with refurbishing and preparing a house for sale. Break out everyone’s favorite scented candles, incense, or room spray, and don’t hold off on cooking a favorite meal. Cooking smells go a long way toward making the new place like home, so go ahead and lay on the garlic and basil and keep the fresh coffee coming.

Getting back to your usual routine includes cooking the way you normally would, so don’t order pizzas every night for two weeks while you get unpacked and moved in. Fire up the oven or the grill and do what you normally do for dinner.

Breathe Easy

Make sure you’re breathing in fresh, clean air right away. Get an electrostatic air filter to remove pollen, dust mites, mold and bacteria, and a humidifier to create a comfortable environment. An efficient humidifier will come to your rescue if suffer from dry skin or allergies. Humidifiers also protect against cracked wood floors and furniture.

Relocating is a marathon, not a sprint. It’ll take a while to get used to a new layout, new carpeting, new rooms, appliances, and more. Be patient and do it the way that’s most comfortable for you and your partner.

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