When buying a new home there’s a huge difference between buying a house and creating a home. A house is a physical commodity that can simply be purchased, whereas a home is something you must nurture and create with your own energy. A sense of home is a feeling that is contained within the physicality of your house and a sense of belonging that transcends the value of the bricks and mortar.
It’s important to note that this sense of home is something that must be generated, as it’s not something that automatically happens as soon as you buy a new house, though as with anything in life there’s a recipe for this.
One of the greatest tips with regard to turning your new house into a new home is the power of taking immediate action and building momentum, as all too often we end up feeling so exhausted after move day that we end up crashing out, with a takeaway, sleeping wherever the bed happens to have been moved to.
While this is understandable, there’s a huge benefit to unpacking immediately, that said what’s even more important when it comes to home organisation is to do first things first, as an example, if you’re moving into a house where you find signs of pest problems the first thing you need to do is call a pest control service in order to eradicate the problem before unpacking your belongings.
That said, short of this, it really is advised to get cracking straight away with the unpacking and build up some positive momentum.
Think of this analogy; consider how much effort and fuel it takes to launch an airplane into the sky, yet once it has launched into the sky it benefits from momentum meaning it can cruise along with significantly less effort. The best time to get started, is straight away, as the longer you leave things cluttered in boxes - the more overwhelmed you will feel.
There’s a strange saying, which goes something like “how do you eat an elephant - one bite at a time”. Now, while this is peculiar in context, the principle is solid, as tackling any move can feel overwhelming. which is why you should chunk it down and celebrate little achievements often.
As an example, rather than having 25 boxes to get through in one room; separate them out into five piles of five boxes. Then, use short bursts of activity to quickly blast through five boxes - then the momentum and positive feelings you feel will start to kick in.
We’ll now look at four tips to help make your new house into a new home, but it’s important before moving onto these tips to remember the previous caveat which stated if there are things requiring professional attention, such as pest control, it’s obviously best to take care of this prior to taking these next steps.
STEP ONE: UNPACK
This has been covered above, but the best way to unpack is to chunk things down and break them into smaller more manageable segments so that you don’t feel so overwhelmed, and also, so that you build positive momentum to help you get through it much quicker.
STEP TWO: CLEANSE
In addition to the rational scientific need to clean in order to kill germs, the emotional aspect of cleaning your new home is a powerful emotional process that essentially cleanses the old and welcomes the new.
There are many emotional benefits of cleaning your new home and cleansing your space - the major benefit is that you will have the chance to connect with your new home and feel united with the space... and the more you energetically feel you are nurturing your new home, the more you are likely to feel nurtured by your new home in return.
STEP THREE: MAKE YOUR MARK
It’s important that your house starts to feel like it belongs to you.
There’s a good chance your new home will have remnants of the previous owners tastes and preferences in terms of its style and this is why you need to make your mark. Similar to how a dog feels the need to mark his territory, you should mark your territory, as making your mark (presumably not quite in the same way as a dog) will help with your sense of belonging.
There are often a few pieces of furniture that feel like home; perhaps an old coffee table you’ve had for many years or a painting that’s been in your family for generations. Whilst it’s important you don’t clutter your new home, whilst you unpack, it can be a nice symbolic representation to put out a few photographs as this will allow you to immediately start feeling more at home in your new space.
Another great way to make your mark, is to use essential oils or scented candles that are familiar to you, particularly when cleansing your home, as these smells which are associated with comfort and a sense of home for you can have a profound effect on your feelings.
4. STEP FOUR: SET STUFF UP
For most people, a home is not a home without somewhere to sit and watch the TV. Whilst it might sound unnecessary, setting up your TV upon arrival along with a sofa and little table, even if the rest of the house is covered in unopened boxes, will make you feel a lot more like you are at home.
This little section will act as respite from the storm, and a chance to break away from the clutter and chaos and relax in your new home.
With regard to setting things up, one of the most vital components of a home today is a fast broadband connection. You’ll likely miss it when you first move in, as it’s so integral to our daily lives nowaday.
You’ll therefore want to set up broadband and/or cable TV as soon as possible for it can sometimes feel like you’re living in a shell of a house, without internet or cable TV as little things like checking email, going on Facebook, and cuddling up to a film on Netflix can’t be enjoyed.