A woman, a man, and a child sit on a sofa in a new home.

A new house does not always feel like home right away. During the first few weeks or months, you may feel like you are living in a foreign place. Here are a few tips for making your new house feel like home after a residential move.

1. Organize Your Unpacking

Being intentional about unpacking can help your house feel comfortable more quickly. Settle one or two key rooms first. For most families, key rooms are the kitchen and the bedroom.

Organizing the bedroom closet may also be a priority, especially if you must go to work soon after moving. The first day of a new job is challenging enough without having to search for something to wear.

Consolidate all the unpacked boxes into a room you use sparingly. A centralized location will help you see your progress without being a constant reminder that you have just moved in.

2. Clean

Most people feel more comfortable in clean surroundings, so thoroughly clean your new home. Avoid cluttering up your new space. Schedule regular times to clean and declutter each week.

3. Hang Art

Art can add personality to your home. Art can also make you happy and alleviate stress. If you had artwork in your previous home, hanging the same art will make your new house feel more familiar.

You can hang one focal piece of artwork on a wall or arrange several pieces in an interesting pattern. Layout your options and rearrange them until you settle on a pleasing arrangement.

4. Recreate the Familiar

Bring out all your favorite sights, sounds, and feelings. For example, if you’re used to the sound of a particular clock, make setting up that clock a priority. If burning candles and playing jazz is a familiar way to relax, organize your candles and CD player. Finally, surround yourself with items that remind your comfort spot.

5. Surround Yourself With Softness

Having a soft blanket or duvet around you can help you feel cozy and comfortable. Weighted blankets can help calm you and make sleep come easier.

Soft throw pillows on sofas and chairs also can make the home feel inviting. Soft rugs also add coziness to the bathroom.

6. Add Greenery

Plants add color to the new home, improve air quality, and make the space feel friendlier. Many houseplants are inexpensive and easy to maintain, including money trees, spider plants, and orchids.

7. Pay Attention to Lighting

Lighting can significantly affect the feel of your home. Use natural light as much as possible. Fluorescent lighting often brings a harshness to the room; you can make fixtures more cozy using incandescent or soft light bulbs.

Lamps, sconces, or string lights also give rooms a homey feel. Adding dimmers allows you to adjust the lighting for different moods and times of day.

8. Create a Spa

Adding some spa-like elements can also help your house feel more homey. Aromatherapy diffusers, candles, trickling fountains, and similar accessories can create a refuge you can’t wait to come home to at the end of the day.

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