We have been in our new home for almost two weeks and I am starting to feel settled, which is always a good thing. I grew up in a military family so constantly packing and unpacking was our normal. If you know my mother personally, you know she made every single house feel like a home immediately. I remember each house always feeling like ours within a week of being somewhere new. I honestly can’t believe she was able to do it so many times…and do it well! There is something so comforting to having your house put together and feeling like it’s your own space.
I recently shared five ways we helped our toddler adjust to the change. You can read about them here: Helping Our Toddler With Change. Today I wanted to share things we did to feel settled in our new house. I would love to know your tips or tricks!
1.Unpack One Room At A Time & Organize
I love to organize, but it can be extremely overwhelming when it is an entire house. I feel like it is way less stressful when you tackle one room at a time and actually put things where you want them to go, instead of leaving everything out in a big mess. My husband would unpack each box and I would put it where I wanted it in that room. It was a great system and gave us both a job to use our time efficiently. We set decor pieces/wall stuff to the side to tackle once we had everything set up/put away.
2. Prioritize Each Space/Room
Decide which spaces need to be unpacked first, or hold priority. For example, we tried to get our son’s room set up so he could play and have all of his things before we did our room. We also saved the garage until the end to see what we needed to store/organize after the house was completely set up.
We kept every wall piece to hang in the coat closet to tackle once we had our furniture set up and everything organized/put away. It was nice to see everything we already had and decide where we wanted it in a new space. Once we decided on our current pieces, we made a list of additional items we wanted for each area.
4.Make A Home List
Once you start decorating, begin making a home list of things you would like to complete each space. I like to keep it on my phone so I can remember what we discussed. It can also help with spacing purchases out and deciding when you want to buy certain items.
5. Make It Your Own
It is so easy to get sucked into what we think our home/space should look like with social media. Although I think many styles are absolutely beautiful I always want to make sure our home feels like something collaborative between me and my husband. We don’t really have a specific style, but like a little of everything. Our goal is to always create a space that feels welcoming and cozy. We want it to be lived in, where messes are okay, but still simple and clean. Find what makes you happy and stick with it!