Moving into a new place can feel very exciting, if also peculiarly… soulless. After all, you are arriving into a building that either looks sparse or has the previous occupant’s personality stamped all over it. You might be eager to make this new residence genuinely feel like yours as soon as possible; however, shifting all of your possessions into the relevant rooms can be very time-consuming.
That new-home feeling can be especially strong if you are renting the home. Express reports that 11 million people in England alone live in private rented accommodation; however, rental agreements typically prevent tenants decorating or hammering nails into a wall to display pictures. Here are some ways of working around such limitations while making a house a… home.
Completely unpack for just one room first
This is worthwhile because, should you succeed in making at least one room look entirely like your household’s, you will have created something of a haven to which to regularly return even if every other room looks like a mess strewn with unpacked boxes.
You might choose a room which you anticipate using especially often; perhaps the living room or your bedroom, as BuzzFeed suggests. However, if you have kids, you could prioritise their rooms instead, Good Housekeeping recommends; then, you won’t have to leave the kids waiting for too long.
Leave some familiar sights and sounds
Maybe you have a particular item that you have long owned and which always reminds you of home when you see it. It could be an old teddy bear or, perhaps, a cuckoo clock that also has the benefit of making familiar noises. Whatever the item, unpacking it at an early stage could help you feel at home delightfully quickly. You could similarly bring out some much-loved artworks.
A special kind of smell
There’s another sense that you could nostalgically stimulate – and that’s your sense of smell! You might have some scented candles that can do the trick. Alternative methods include making some food – something truly homemade rather than ready-made – or uncorking a bottle of wine; basically, preparing something the smell of which you remember from a previous, much-loved home.
Make a priority of preparing the bed
Many hours of your life are spent in a bed – which, naturally, has to feel cosy if you are spending so much time in it. Therefore, few things can bring you a sense of comfort quite as quickly as sitting or laying down on a bed – and you should probably waste little time in making it…
Maybe you would need to get out a toolbox to physically put that bed together; on the other hand, your intended bed might largely consist of just a mattress on the floor. Whatever your bed will be, make it – and be grateful for the roof now over your head.
On the subject of the roof, getting it repaired or replaced could also be an option; consider that Findley Roofing & Building offers Newcastle roofing finance packages.