Settling in at a new place can take some time. Even if you love your new apartment or house, it might take a while before it actually feels like home. However, there are a few things you can do before moving day actually arrives to ensure you settle in easily and quickly.
Pack a separate box of comfort items.
Walk though your current home, and pick out items that really make it feel like your own space. This may be certain stuffed animals,, souvenirs from trips you have taken, or artwork on your wall that means something to you. Pack these things into a separate box, so that when you arrive at your new place, you know where they all are and can unpack them immediately. With these items in place, your new home will feel more homey.
Plan a dinner with friends in your new place before you even move.
If you're moving far away, this may not be possible. However, if you're moving to within a reasonable driving distance from some friends of yours, invite them over for dinner at your new place well in advance of your move. There are several ways this helps you settle in:
- Planning a dinner in your new place will force you to get things into place in the kitchen in a prompt manner, and once your kitchen is put together, it will feel more like home.
- Having your new home filled with friends and loved ones will make it instantly feel warmer and more welcoming.
- Focusing on planning this dinner will give your mind something to focus on in the days after your move, so you're not concentrating on those feelings of uneasiness that come with moving to a new place.
Research the neighborhood and make note of places you want to visit.
Often, it's not just the home itself that feels cold and unfamiliar, but also the neighborhood surrounding it. Spend some time before the move looking at maps and pictures of your new area, so when you arrive, it seems more familiar. Make note of restaurants, shops, and attractions you want to visit. This way, you won't find yourself blindly wandering the streets looking for somewhere to eat or shop in an unfamiliar town. Instead, you'll be excited to finally visit these places you've been reading about.
Moving can be one of the most stressful life experiences. Between packing, hauling your items to a new place, unpacking, and trying to settle in, it's easy to start feeling disoriented and misplaced. By taking these steps before you move, you ensure your new place quickly comes to feel like home – so you can put the stress of moving behind you. For assistance moving, contact a moving company like Motion Express.