Moving into a new home should be a time of excitement, full of hope for the future and potential to change your life. However, change can also be a little unsettling, even sad. No matter how much you love your new home on paper, actually living there can be a challenge. Usually, it takes time to acclimate to it, but here are a few tips on how to shorten that adjustment period and fall in love all the sooner.
Get to know the area
Before you make the big move, trying visiting the area ahead of time. Take a walk around, sit-in at a local cafe, consider even introducing yourself to the neighbors. You will have opportunities such as during the home inspection to say hello. You should also take a look at the area online, to see what local activities, hobby groups, and the like there are. Getting yourself busy is an easy way to distract your mind, too.
Don’t let moving day stress you too much
A move is often considered one of the more stressful events in the average life. It’s a big task, and that stress can last well beyond moving itself, even after you’ve long unpacked. As such, the best way to deal with it is to try and make the move itself as stress-free as possible. Get some friends to chip in or hire some local movers if you need to, for instance. Sell, give away, and pack what you can well ahead of time, and be super organized by doing things like using color-coded post its to label boxes so it’s much easier to figure out where they need to move. The moving day will take less time and, as a result, hopefully, be less stress-inducing.
Add some you to it
The sooner you start unpacking your old stuff and start making your house feel like a home, the better. If that only reminds you of your old home, however, then why not start afresh by checking out a local furniture store? Aside from adding a bit of your style and personality to the home, you should consider adding some of your life to it with things like photos of friends, family, and past experiences. Help forge that connection between you and your surroundings.
Make some new memories
The reason you’re feeling like an alien in your home is that you don’t have a real emotional connection to the home just yet. The best way to do that is by creating some memories that help you forge that emotional bond. One of the easiest ways to build those memories is to throw yourself a big housewarming party. Remember, this is an event to celebrate. You can invite your friends, family, and even your new neighbors if you’re feeling bold.
Everyone gets struck by the new home blues at some point. The sooner you take control, the sooner you can get rid of them and start enjoying your new home for what it really is: an opportunity to change your life for the better.