The process of finding and buying a house can be very stressful so, once you finally move into your new property, you'll want it to feel like home straight away. But, this won't happen on its own — you'll have to take some small steps towards feeling like the space is truly yours.
Here, we're going to talk you through our five top tips for making a new house feel like home. We'll discuss how you can make your space comfortable, how you can inject some of your own personality, and how you can ensure you unpack your things in the most practical way. Read on to find out more.
Set your bed up as soon as possible
Moving house can be draining so, when you're planning to spend the first night at your new place, we would highly recommend putting "make the bed" at the top of your to-do list. This way, once you've spent the day loading up a van, driving between properties, and unpacking all of your things, you'll have a warm and cosy haven you can retreat to.
It's also a good idea to use moving as an excuse to upgrade your sleeping situation. If your bed frame is looking worse for wear or doesn't suit your taste anymore, consider donating or selling it. You should think about replacing your mattress, too — especially if it's 7–10 years old. If your mattress is older than this, it will have probably started to develop signs of wear, and it's unlikely it's providing you with the support you need.
If you want to treat yourself and ensure you get the best possible night's sleep on the first night in your new house and beyond, opt for a new mattress with memory foam technology. Dormeo offers a wide range of memory foam mattresses, which are available with a variety of features to suit different types of sleepers. And, as their prices start at £159, a lot of their products are relatively affordable.
Make unpacking your clothes a priority
Mornings can be stressful enough without you having to rifle through boxes of clothes to find your work uniform or favourite pair of jeans. So, it's always a good idea to unpack your clothes in the first few days of living in a new house. Of course, this will mean your wardrobes need to be assembled as soon as possible but, when everything is hung up and folded into drawers, you'll be happy you made this a priority.
If you really don't have the time to unpack all of your clothes, start with the ones you wear the most, as it's likely you'll need these soonest. To make this possible, you should think carefully about which clothes you should pack together, and what needs to be easily accessible when you're boxing everything up before you move.
Pepper your place with items that mean a lot to you
A sure-fire way to ensure a space feels like yours is by decorating with items that mean a lot to you — think family photos, your favourite books with pretty covers, and any artwork you love. Of course, getting all of the practical things out of the way so you can cook, shower, and get ready when you need to is most important. But, you won't start to feel at home until your new property begins to reflect your personality, interests, and lifestyle. So, if you would like your new place to feel like yours as soon as possible, you should make this a priority too.
Fill the house with a scent you love
Do you have scented candles, air fresheners, or diffusers that remind you of home? If so, set these up in your new place as soon as you can. This will do a wonderful job of making the space feel cosy, homelier, and more 'you' before you've even unpacked a single box.
If you don't already have a scent that you associate with your safe space, moving into a new property offers the perfect opportunity to choose one. If you have no idea where to start, make sure you check out Allure's guide to scenting your home — it has all the hints and tricks you could possibly need.
Cook a familiar meal on your first night
It can be very tempting to order a takeaway on the first night in your new home, but this can actually mean it will take you longer to settle into your new way of life. Instead, why not jump straight into it by cooking a meal that you made regularly in your old home? This will immediately make you feel more at home and will allow you to get to grips with what it's like to cook in your new kitchen.
If you have no idea where to start with unpacking all of your pots, pans, and colanders, The Spruce has a great guide to organising your kitchen after a move that can tell you everything you need to know.
Take these tips onboard and you should find it easy to ensure that your new house feels like home from your very first day of living there. By ensuring your bed and wardrobe are set up early, your space reflects your personality and interests, and that you get back into the routine of cooking for you and your family, it will soon feel homely.