How to Quickly and Easily Settle Into a New Home
Updated: Jul 6
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Moving into a new home can quickly become overwhelming; there always seems to be so much to do and not much time to do it. Starting with a great plan is essential, but it’s also important to remember your comfort level during the process, as well as the comfort level of your family members. When it’s time to start settling in, you’ll want to make sure you have all the right tools at your disposal to create the environment you want.
This is why the planning should begin well before the actual move. Getting organized can save you quite a bit of time and money, so make lists of things that need to be done or bought. Take pictures of the new home, if possible, to get a feel for the spaces and figure out where you want to place furniture and decor. Identify and get familiar with safety features, as well, such as smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, security systems, and locks.
Keep reading for some great tips on how to quickly and easily settle into a new home.
With all the tasks you need to take care of, it can be easy for a few of them to slip through the cracks. Make lists of all the things you need to do -- such as changing your address with the post office and utility companies -- and cross them off as you complete them in order to stay organized. Create a list of the things you’ll need to buy, as well, from new furniture to cleaning supplies. If you start early enough, set these items aside or put them into storage so you don’t have to worry about them being in the way while you’re packing.
While it can be tempting to buy all new decor and furniture for the new place, don’t get rid of all your old stuff just yet. Having a few familiar pieces will help you feel more comfortable after the move, and it will help your kids adjust a little easier, as well. If you have pets, make sure you hold onto their favorite toys and bedding, and try to place their food and water bowls in a similar position to where they were in the old house to avoid confusion.
Make It Healthy
One of the best ways to get settled into a new home is to make sure it’s a healthy environment for you and your family. Consider investing in a good humidifier, which will offer benefits like improved air quality inside your house, prevention of damage to wood floors and furniture, and help during dry summers and winters to prevent your skin and sinuses from losing moisture. If you notice any property issues (such as those outlined in this guide from us) that threaten to disrupt your healthy home, don’t hesitate to contact your property managers or the landlord.
Keep It Organized
It will be hard for anyone to feel settled when there are boxes sitting around everywhere, so stay organized when it comes to unpacking in order to prevent it from taking weeks to complete. Try to get the most important rooms done first -- such as the kitchen, bathroom, and kids’ bedrooms -- and take care of tasks like hanging up artwork and cleaning as you go. This will help you to avoid having half-finished rooms for weeks.
Remember to stay organized digitally too; by organizing your digital documents (and taking steps to secure that data), you’ll find that locating the things you need will be a much simpler process!
Making a move takes time and lots of careful planning, so being prepared will help you avoid increased stress and anxiety. Keep communication open with your family members so that everyone is on the same page, and remember to take time out for yourself when you need it.
-Article written by Katie Conroy