Written by Cara Fitzgerald | 28 August 2023

You survived the unenviable task of moving house, most of the unpacking has been done and the kids have settled into their new routines – so why doesn’t it feel like home?

A home isn’t a process or a routine, it’s the emotional connection you create. It’s all the little things that make the difference in a home and ensuring your personality shines through is essential. With our house being where we relax and, for many of us, also work, it’s important to put your ‘you’ into your living spaces as soon as possible.

How to make your new house feel like home. Family relaxing on couch and kitchen after recently moving into house.

Here are some tips on how to make your new house feel like home sooner

It’s true, home is where the heart is

As home owners we hold our properties dear to our hearts. Not only is it often our biggest financial investment, but it’s also our biggest personal one too. It’s the place where we raise our kids and celebrate life’s special events, so turning a house into a home may simply be just a matter of time. Be patient, your bond will develop once some new memories have been created in it.

Set up the homeliest room first

The lounge room is commonly viewed as the homeliest space in the house. Slumping onto the couch with the family feels good and instantly triggers a connection, so ditch the sofa you brought with you from your old house if it isn’t quite right for this one. Making sure there’s room for everyone means L-shaped and corner lounges are always a popular choice, then all you need to do is agree on who sits where!

Create calm retreats

Setting up all the bedrooms is a top priority when turning your new house into a home. Roll out the rugs, decorate your bedside tables and invest in comfy bedding. It may be tempting to put off finishing these rooms in the early months, but resist – it’s worth the effort for the family to feel peaceful and relaxed in their personal retreat spaces at the end of a day.

Display your family photos

One of the best ways to personalise your home is to put up your photos. Sure you may not have your layout exactly right just yet or have some renovations to do, but decorating with photos and artwork that you love, will remind your entire household of memories already shared. Consider using removable picture hanging strips and hooks in case you need to move things around down the track.

Stay connected

Staying connected with family and friends can help ease the transition from new house to home. One you have settled in a bit, spending time cooking in the kitchen is a great way to feel more at home. Consider inviting some friends or family over for a casual meal or a house warming party to show off your new space, while cooking them one of your favourite meals. Some delicious smells and great company will bring out positive emotions and help you feel more comfortable.

Explore your neighbourhood

Going for a walk or bike ride, exploring your local parks, shops and restaurants, and introducing yourself to your neighbours, is not only a great way to learn about your new neighbourhood, but it will also improve your feeling of security. Meeting new people and forming new friendships may be just the remedy to help fill some gaps from relationships you had to leave behind, particularly if you’ve moved a long way.

Making your new house feel like home is about letting your personality shine through and putting your own stamp in every room. It’s about surrounding yourself with the things and the people you love – whether that’s cooking smells from the kitchen or family photos on the walls. So snuggle in on the couch knowing that you’re just where you belong. It may take you a little while to get things exactly how you want them, but you will create that warm and fuzzy connection with your home.

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