Finally, you’ve arrived at your new home, your furniture removal company is busy unloading the last of your boxes and now it’s time to start turning your new house into a happy family home. Studies have shown that it can take up to six months to adjust to a new place, but with these simple tips you can speed the process along.
Although your new house will most probably have been cleaned before your arrival, cleaning it yourself will go a long way in making you feel like it’s your own. Wipe down cupboards before putting anything in them, wash out baths and basins and mop the floor. This is the best opportunity you’ll have to really give your new home a deep clean before everything gets put into its place.
Consider lighting some of your favourite scented candles or putting on an air freshener to bring familiar and comforting smells into your new home.
Also remember to keep tidying up as you progress through the unpacking process. The last thing you want to see when you turn around is a huge mess where you’ve just finished.
Although a good moving company will have placed your furniture for you and unpacked your boxes onto flat surfaces for you, the chaos may seem a little overwhelming at first. The best way to tackle the mess is to start sorting one room at a time. You don’t need to do everything in one day. Prioritise the areas you will need to make use of first, including bedrooms, bathrooms and kitchen.
If you have young children, unpack some of their favourite games and toys first or, if they are old enough, get them to organise a few of their own things, this will keep them occupied while you tackle the rest of the house.
Next focus on the bedroom. Make up your bed and pack away some of your more essential clothes. Having your closet organised when you get dressed in the morning will give you a much better start to the morning than having to scratch through several boxes just to find your favourite blouse.
Move on to the bathrooms. Unpack all your essential toiletries, hang fresh towels and put down mats. A relaxing bath or soothing shower will leave you feeling refreshed and revitalised. The familiar scents of your washes and sprays will also help you feel more at home.
You will need to eat at some stage, so the next area of priority should be the kitchen. If your removal company has already unpacked all your kitchenware onto the countertops, then it will just be a matter of packing everything in its place. If your stuff is still in boxes, then focus on at least unpacking the essentials you will need for the following morning, including the following: crockery, cutlery, serviettes, frying pan, toaster, mugs, glasses.
Once all your essentials are unpacked you can turn your attention to finishing off one room at a time. It is again best to tackle the rooms in order of priority. Seeing a room unpacked and organised will give you a great sense of achievement and will motivate you to keep going.
Get Back into Your Routine
People, especially young children and animals thrive on routine so it’s best to get these re-established as soon as possible, trying to stick to your old patterns as much as possible. This is not just limited to events such as mealtimes and school preparation, but also having a place to put things down, such as keys, bags and jackets. It’s best to get the kids back to school as soon as possible. This will give them something to look forward to every day and it will give them an excellent opportunity to make new friends.
Cook a Yummy Meal
Most people associate a home cooked meal with comfort and good times. Think about how you look forward to a tasty dinner when you come home for work, or how your mom’s delicious cooking brings back fond memories. Instead of ordering take-out, take some time to prepare one of your family’s favourite meals. This will also create a great opportunity for everyone to chat about how they feel about their new home.
Once you’ve settled in a little, don’t forget the throw a housewarming party. Invite your family and friends and even your new neighbours to celebrate. You don’t have to go all fancy; people will understand that you’ve just moved in. Just keep it simple with a few snacks and a barbecue.
Get to Know Your Neighbourhood
Make a point of introducing yourself to your new neighbours. They’ve seen the furniture removal truck arrive and will be super keen to get to know who’s moved in next door. Consider taking them a small gift when you pop by or offer to take care of their plants or pets when they go away.
A new neighbourhood will mean a lot of contact information will change. Make a list of important phone numbers and hang them on your fridge for everyone to find easily. Important numbers to include on this list are your new neighbours, local emergency and medical services and any other services you make use of regularly.
Have some fun exploring your new neighbourhood. You can do this by walking around the block and having brief chats with the residents you meet along the way, or by taking the family for a drive to find all your nearby amenities. Don’t forget to take the GPS, just in case you wander a little too far.
Another great way of getting to know the people in your community is to get involved. Find out about local events or clubs that you can join. This is an excellent way of meeting new people while also having some fun.
Relocating to a new area can be a daunting experience for the whole family, but with good planning and a little bit of fussing you’ll find everyone, including yourself making a smooth transition and settling comfortably into your new home.