Relocating to a new city is stressful enough. When you add packing, moving and unpacking on top of it, it’s easy to understand why you’re feeling so crazed. According to experts, moving is the third most stressful thing in life, following death and divorce. No matter how organized you are, there are emotions involved in any move. You are sad, you’re anxious and you’re worried about fitting into your neighborhood, your new job and your new life.
If you’re moving into a new house, it’s not your house. That house was recently vacated by another family who left their memories and energy behind. One of the best things that you can do to calm yourself down is to make your new house your own as soon as possible. Forget unpacking and arranging furniture, use these tips to feel at home in your new space.
It doesn’t matter if the previous occupants scrubbed the house from top to bottom, you’ll still want to clean. The act of cleaning gives you a sense of ownership. The lingering smells from your familiar cleaners make the house feel like yours. Clean in, on and around everything in your new home. Open all of the windows and let the fresh air in.
2.Get a New Toilet
Sounds weird, doesn’t it? That toilet in the bathroom isn’t your toilet, it’s someone else’s throne. Rip it out of the floor and install a new one; it’s easy to do. If you don’t have the money for a new commode, at least by a new seat. You can get a new seat and lid combo at your local home improvement store for less than 20 bucks.
Everyone has a favorite scent that reminds them of home. Whether you are in love with pumpkin spice or lavender vanilla, put a candle in each room and burn it brightly. Candlelight is soothing so it will instantly calm your nerves. The scent will remind you of home, and it will make your new place feel like you’re own.
4.Get on the Internet
You should have had cable installed by now. Connect your laptop and jump online. Nothing makes you feel more at home than connecting with family and friends. Your loneliness will disappear and, if you’re lucky, your friends will have tips for you that will turn your house into a home. Post before and after pictures of your house on your Facebook page. The encouraging comments will inspire you to keep making changes.
You move into your new house and are smacked in the face with peach walls. Run to your local home improvement store and grab a can of paint or two. You’ll want to paint before you unpack anyway, so you might as well do it now. Nothing will turn your house into a home faster than painting it in colors that appeal to you. Plus, as Mr. Schambs from Schambs Property Management points out, painting can be relaxing. Don’t call professional painters, instead do it yourself. While you’re at it, hang window treatments. After your walls are dry, hang your favorite pictures and works of art.
Unless you have the money to build a new home, you’re going to live in someone else’s until you make it yours. Spend a few days doing small things that will make that old house new to you. Don’t spend more time than you have to living in a stranger’s house.
Writer Robin Knight is an avid blogger. If you’re relocating to San Francisco, check out Robin’s articles on San Francisco real estate here: http://www.movoto.com/real-estate/homes-for-sale/san-francisco.html.