Moving house brings with it more than a few stresses – and once the actual moving’s done, your family face a whole new challenge. There’s a difference between a house and a home, and it takes a lot of love and some creative thinking to make a home out of your new house. Luckily, we’ve got everything you need to know to make a new home your own right here.
Start unpacking as soon as possible and don’t stop until all the boxes are gone. Begin with the kitchen – you’re going to get hungry way before you’ll need anything else and it’s nice to be able to use your own dishware and cutlery, in favour of plastic plates. A lovely cup of coffee helps to calm a lot of the unpacking anxieties – and using your kitchen is a great first step in making your new house a home.
Slide into your daily routines as soon as possible. We recommend starting a routine of going for a short evening stroll every day; this should help you familiarise yourself with the new neighbourhood and seize some well-deserved ‘you’ time in the process. And acquaint yourself with the bin collection schedule as soon as you can, so you can start getting used to that too.
3: Meeting new people
Within a day or two of moving, go introduce yourself to your neighbours – inviting them for dinner in a few weeks after the last boxes have been unpacked. If you were a part of any groups or clubs in your old neighbourhood, try to find a similar group near your new home. It’s a great way to get to know some new people with plenty of mutual interests. Don’t be afraid to try new things, though – a new house offers a new perspective, so if there’s anything you’ve been afraid to try, now is the ideal time to start.
4: Get to know your area
After a few days, your evening strolls should have acquainted you with your new neighbourhood, but it’s time to work on your local knowledge. Try to go to a different supermarket often – any given town will have several, and they’re usually located in or around a commercial hub of some kind. Take the time to explore the shops that interest you and don’t waste any time finding your favourites. Other places that are worth checking out include local DIY stores, retail outlets, cinemas and restaurants.
5: Get in touch with the familiar
Remember to do the things you love. Love to cook? Use your new kitchen to make your favourite recipe. Love to garden? Start by planting some gorgeous new green trees. Love to read? Kick back in your new living room and re-read your favourite book. Sure, it’s a new house, but it’s also your new home. Moving house can be an intimidating prospect – but by living the way you always have, you can guarantee it’ll feel like yours from the moment you walk through the door.