Reimagining Your New Home
So, you bought a new home and you’re ready to move in. It’s a very exciting time but also a time of uncertainty – especially when it comes to figuring out how to decorate your new spaces. Are you wondering how you can transform your new place to make it feel like home? We got you covered.
Start With the Closets
When you’re feeling overwhelmed with all your moving boxes, head to your closets first. This gives you the opportunity to get organized, because it’s very tempting to just throw things into the closets to deal with later when you first move in. Unpack all your toiletries, towels, clothes, and other items you plan to store in your closets. It may be helpful to purchase organizational bins or lazy-Susan’s to maximize your closet space.
Set Up Your Bathrooms
Nothing quite says “new home” like a curtainless shower and a barren bathroom. The bathroom is one of those spaces you will use on a daily basis, so it’s important to set up this space as quickly as possible to make yourself feel at home. Stock your bathrooms with towels, bath mats, toilet covers, hand soap, lotion, and anything else that makes your bathroom feel like home. Some people prefer replacing their toilet seats from the previous owners, but you really don’t need to. Simply removing the toilet seat and performing a deep clean will be able to clean under the bolts and hinges perfectly.
Add a Signature Scent
Whether we realize it or not, our homes have their own signature scent. Moving into a new home can make you realize you missed the smell of your previous home. Don’t worry! As time goes on, your home will start to have its own signature smell that is uniquely yours. Besides cleaning to make your home smell fresh and clean, some other ways to get your home smelling good are:
- Cooking and baking
- Burning your favorite scented candle or incense
- Using an essential oils diffuser
- Opening windows to let in fresh air
- Use a refresher spray or wall plug-in
Hold Off on Hanging Artwork
Some people advise to hang artwork right away to increase the ambiance and make you feel good. However, we think it’s best to hold off on decorating the walls until you have decided on permanent spots for your big furniture. When you first move in, furniture and decorations can be moved around quite a lot. Once you feel your furniture is in the spot it will be in for a while, start strategizing where your artwork would look its best. While you are figuring out where your big furniture will be going, start unpacking and placing your tabletop picture frames around the house to provide you with that ambiance.
Add Additional Lighting
Your lighting choices can make or break a room’s entire aura. The overhead lighting you have when you first move in rarely sets the mood. Start by fixing outdated and inefficient lighting. As a rule of thumb, each space should have at least three sources of light. Work on layering your light sources to create more depth.
Add Life with Plants
Similar to artwork, plants can have a positive impact on our moods and reduce stress. Maybe you don’t have a green thumb, or just don’t want a plant you’ll need to water all the time, no worries! There’s a lot of low maintenance plants that can bring new life to your home. Consider sprucing up your home with low maintenance plants such as aloe vera plants, ZZ plants, snake plants, spider plants, or succulents, just to name a few.
Deal With the Boxes
Unpacking can be an overwhelming task for just about anyone. But to make your new space feel like home, your remaining moving boxes needs to be taken care of as soon as possible. It may be helpful to designate a certain room or space in the home to put all your boxes until they are sorted through and unpacked to avoid having your whole house flooded with moving boxes. Once you’re done with all your boxes, consider donating them to a local charity who could use them or bring them to a local recycling facility.
Introduce Yourself to Neighbors
If you’re not much of an extrovert – that’s okay. You don’t necessarily need to walk up to your neighbor’s door with a food offering to get to know them. Spend some time outside; work on your new yard space or take a walk around the neighborhood. This gives you the opportunity to organically meet your neighbors and start a relationship with them by simply saying “hi”.