Moving into a new house can be hard in many different ways, but especially when your new house does not feel like a home. There are countless checklists across the internet telling you what to do when you move into a new house, but I really think that creating a home really only takes a few steps (and having the people you love around you). If you just moved into a new house and want to make it feel more like your home, make sure you incorporate these quick and easy “tasks” into your checklist:
How To Make A New House Feel Like A Home
Create a blank space
The very first thing I did when purchasing my first home was replace the carpet, add new paint and scrape the popcorn ceilings off. Whatever you need to do to create a blank space, definitely go for it if is achievable. For me, removing the popcorn ceilings and painting my home in neutral colors brightened the house a lot and made it feel cleaner. Replacing the carpet was definitely on my top priority list because you do not know what has been on the carpet before you. Adding new paint and carpet that you love automatically makes your new house feel more clean and more like yours for a reasonable price!
Get it deep cleaned
This was an important step for me because like I mentioned above, you don’t know what was in your house before you moved in. I highly recommend deep cleaning the house yourself. I know this may sound a bit strange, but doing so helps you get to know your home. I have found so many things that I wouldn’t have known about if I would not have taken the time to clean my house from floor to ceiling myself.
Stock up on food
Stocking up on food is an easy step to cross off your to-do list and it will make you feel like you are home. When you have an empty fridge and kitchen, it is easy to go out, spending less time at your house. When you choose to cook in your home with food that you purchased from the grocery store, you are opting to spend more time there.
Get acquainted with your neighborhood and neighbors
This is the game changing step for me. Before I knew my neighbors, my home just felt like a house. Creating a community around you definitely helps you feel like you have found “your place” that you belong in. When I first move into a new house, as soon as we unpack, one of the first things I do is walk around my new neighborhood. Along the way, I try my best to introduce myself to new neighbors. Hopefully, the people in front and to the sides of you will approach you first, but if not, go ahead and introduce yourself. Once you create friends, I guarantee that you will feel much more at home! If you are new to the area, definitely explore and find new coffee houses, restaurants and hole in the wall restaurants. This is a great way to fall in love with the location of your home!
Move in your furniture
Moving in your furniture is a huge step in the right direction! Once you have your bed and couches at your new place, you will automatically feel more comfortable. Sometimes for pets, it can be a really hard adjustment, but once they have some familiar surrounding, such as furniture and scents, they adapt much better! This is the same for humans, especially for children. Occasionally when we move into a new home, the adjustment period is hard, but when we bring in our beds and blankets, it definitely makes it feel more “homey.”
Add a new conversation piece
I love getting new decor when I move. A lot of the time, your old furniture and artwork does not really fit in with the look of your new home, or the style of your other decor, so getting new pieces can be fun! A great way to start is by getting a conversation piece – something that your guests will see and automatically ask questions, or bring up a conversation about it.
A great option for a conversational piece is to bring in a custom-made sword from Swords of Northshire! Swords of Northshire sells samurai swords, ninja swords, knives, custom swords and accessories. Some of my favorite ways to incorporate these swords into your new house is by placing a movie replica sword in a movie room, or a video game replica sword in a game room. Another way to add these swords in your house is by mounting it on a wall close to your entrance door. The Swords offered by Swords of Northshire are definitely pieces of art. They are carefully handcrafted and very well made. This will definitely give your guests a reason to talk! Swords of Northshire provides the best selection of functional swords and historical weapons – all of their products come from the most trusted forges so that you get the best product possible. Adding a new conversation piece to your home is a great way to feel like you are starting fresh and adding new items that you love.
Once you finish these quick and easy steps, I know you will feel more at home than before! Moving into a new home can be so exciting, so make sure you soak in each and every minute. Don’t forget to check out Swords of Northshire for your new conversation piece!