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Making Your New House a Home

The process of looking for a new home for yourself and/or your family is sometimes

excruciatingly emotional – and always tiring. After you sign on the dotted line and

the house is yours, it’s time to be happy and feel settled, even if there are still boxes

stacked to the ceiling. Even though you’re excited about the move to your new

home, the first days and weeks may feel overwhelming and you may be a little

disoriented. A few things that will make your house a home is planning a birthday

party or decorating for and celebrating holidays. Memories you’ll create will make a


Most home experts agree that closets are where you should begin to make your

house feel like a home. Kids may have school and you and your spouse may have to

get up and go to work the day after you move in. If your closets are organized the

future days will go much easier if you don’t have to rummage through boxes to get

to your clothing and other necessities. Be sure to prioritize the kids’ rooms and

make it their own as soon as possible. If old enough, let them unpack and organize

things as they see fit.

One word of advice – wait to hang your artwork. Give yourself a chance to get to

know the house before you decide where each piece belongs. Meanwhile, you can

lean them against walls or other areas so you can see them while thinking about

what you’re going to do.

Make yourself comfortable. Put clean bedding on the bed and be sure you include

throws, pillows, and anything else that will help you sleep soundly that first night in

your new home.

Arrange the bathroom items. No one is comfortable in a shower without a curtain

or a bath mat to step on when you emerge from the shower. Be sure there’s plenty

of toilet paper and soap – and don’t forget the towels.

There’s nothing like the familiarity of sounds and surroundings to make a house feel

like a home. Clocks, chimes, favorite music, and whatever else you can think of can

take the newness off the home and promote feelings of comfort.

Pets are often ignored during a moving process, but they’ll feel and behave much

better if you walk them around the neighborhood, set up their water and food

bowls in a place they can easily access, and set up the beds for them. Be sure to

include their favorite blankets and toys too.

The stress of moving can be somewhat eliminated by sticking to your usual routine.

If you have kids that come in from school and are used to hanging their coats on a

rack as they enter the room, try to accommodate them with a coat rack in the new

home. The routine doesn’t have to change along with the move.