Happy Homemaking

Natalie Jones frequently writes interesting articles regarding how to make a new house feel like home.  Below is one of her recent articles.  You can also read Natalie’s advice on her blog at homeownerbliss.info.


These Tips and Tasks Turn Your New House Into Your New Home 

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Moving into a new house is exciting, but it never feels quite like home at first. A handful of thoughtful tips and tasks can help you settle into your new abode quickly. Before you know it, the new place will feel like home to you!

Set Up Bedrooms

Providing everyone in the house with their own personal space is a great way to feel settled. Even though it may take several weeks to complete the unpacking process, some experts recommend establishing bedrooms first. It gives all of your family members their own retreat when they need a little “me time,” and it means their spaces will include familiar belongings.

Do Some Housework

While it may sound mundane, sometimes that’s exactly what it takes to make a house feel like home. By doing routine, everyday things, you can really make the new digs yours. Besides, as some professionals note, a deep clean will eliminate any residual traces of former residents. 

Along those same lines, sometimes when you move to a new location, you can experience fresh allergy or cold symptoms. Installing a humidifier and air purifier can help improve your home’s air quality.  Humidifiers clean the air, help your skin stay moisturized, and can filter microbes and viruses.  Air purifiers with HEPA filters filter out 99.97% of particulates 0.3 microns or larger, which includes air contaminants such as pollen, dust mites, pet dander, and mold.

Tailor Your Space

Putting your personal input into your surroundings is a terrific way to make a house feel like home. Huffington Post suggests looking for ways to make the rooms more efficient for your lifestyle. For instance, you can install shelving where you need more storage or add lighting in dim corners. Changing up wall colors is an inexpensive way to express your style, brighten a wall, and refresh a home. 

Add Accessories

Adding some new accessories is a fun way to make a house feel like home, especially if you purchased new furniture. Laura Ashley suggests a handful of things that pull your new areas together. You might add throw pillows and a lap quilt that coordinate with the couch and wall color or a duvet in a pattern that ties your bedroom suite with the colors and space.

Buy Some Flowers

A vase of blooms or even a few potted plants can really add to your new home’s comfort. It can even be one of the first things you do. When you make that initial grocery run, one thought is to pick up a bouquet while there. Even if you’re still drowning in boxes and bubble wrap, it’s a quick way to add a personal feel. 

Hang Wall Art

Putting up your favorite photos and paintings is another way to transform a new home.  Some studies show that seeing your familiar wall hangings can actually reduce stress and help you feel happier. 

Put Up Window Treatments

Even if the former owner’s were included with the house, installing your own window treatments is a fun and easy way to add your touch and pull your decor together.  And if the house didn’t include them, you’ll enjoy more privacy while you’re getting comfortable. 

Entertain

Inviting your friends and family members to see the new place can help you feel more at home.  There is nothing like familiar faces to warm a space! Even if you’re still unboxing, buy some steaks and a bottle or two of wine and celebrate the new home together. Or, if you’re new to the area, take the opportunity to get to know the people next door. You’ll feel better acquainted with your new home while getting on a first-name basis with your neighbors.

Welcome Home!

San Francisco, California, is a wonderful place to live, but like anywhere, settling into a new home can take a little effort. Spruce up your place to reflect your tastes and add your personal touch, then throw yourself a housewarming party. You’ll quickly feel right at home in your new place!


5 Ways to Feel Right at Home Within a Week

New house, new neighbors, and new sights and sounds to get to know. It’s an exciting time, but it’s also one that can leave you feeling a little out of place. However, it doesn’t have to. These five tips can help you settle in without stressing you out. 

Unpack the Necessities (and the Kids’ Rooms) First

No matter how much you want to outfit your new bathroom with your favorite candles and fluffy towels, your best bet is to focus on the kids’ bedrooms. Helping your kids get their room together first will go a long way toward easing their anxiety. You’ll also want to take some time within your first few hours to unload any necessities such as toiletries, medication, and bedding.

Tackle Small Projects That Will Have a Big Impact

If you don’t have to vacate your current home immediately, you can make your new house much more appealing to the senses by slapping a fresh coat of paint on the walls before move-in day. Even if you use a premium paint, it’s still an inexpensive upgrade. DIY Network asserts that you’ll be able to get things done quicker if you don’t have obstacles, such as furniture, to work around. Another fairly simple project is swapping out dated kitchen and bathroom fixtures with new ones. If you’ve purchased a home that needs more than a little TLC, consider getting quotes on larger projects from a local general contractor. In the San Francisco area, home renovations and repairs average in price from $3,725 to $17,250, according to HomeAdvisor.

Add a Little Touch of You to Each Room

Unless you’ve purchased the house sight unseen, you have a good idea of where your current decor will go. You’ll feel much more at home if you personalize a few key spaces by days two and three. This might mean creating a cozy reading nook, setting up the TV, or adding a photo wall. Architecture and Design suggests these 50 family photo display ideas that can transform any room into a comforting and familiar space.

Pay Extra Attention to Your Outdoor Space

There are few things worse than pulling into your driveway and realizing that the yard is a wreck. If your new home has been unoccupied for any amount of time, there are likely some overgrown bushes that could use your attention. Make outdoor work a priority and you’ll have a more enticing recreational space where you and your family can relax. As an added bonus, you’ll make yourself more available to your new neighbors.

Cook Dinner

One of the most important things you can do as you settle into your home is to keep your routine as close to normal as possible. This is especially true if you have children, who may not be quite ready to adapt. As tempting as it is to order takeout on your first few nights, don’t do it. Instead, make a point to cook dinner and eat together as a family. This will also provide a valuable opportunity to talk with your children and spouse or partner about how they’re feeling about the move. The Washington Post claims that teens are most likely to talk to their parents sitting around the table at dinner time.

By maintaining this habit, you will also get to know the subtle nuances that make your new home unique. Little things, like knowing how hot the water gets at full temperature, can also help you feel more at ease in these unfamiliar surroundings. Pottery Barn offers some great advice on how to pick the right lighting for your kitchen. Since you’ll be spending lots of time there, it’s best to get it just right at the beginning.

Your new house may not fit you like a glove just yet, but if you take the time to mold it into your very own space, it won’t take long. By taking care of the little things (or a few big ones), you’ll feel more comfortable and your house will become a home.

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