Making your new home feel like home right away will help you adapt to your new environment. The sooner you adjust, the less stress you will feel.
Not all stress is bad. You might be excited about making a move. Moving to your new home should have some benefits, even if the move wasn’t something you planned.
However, changing everything all at once could be too much. We think it is better to start off in your new home with as many similarities as possible. Then, when it truly feels like home to you, you can consider phasing in a few changes if you wish.
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Plan thoroughly for your new home.
If space is tight in the new home, measure and draw a scale plan. Measure the furniture you would like to take and plot it onto the scale plan. Rearrangements Relocation and Transition Services uses computer software to create plans. The software can also give you a 3D view. making it easier to visualize how things will look. A detailed plan is helpful in making tough choices about which furniture to bring. Have the plan available for the movers on move day to so the movers can set up without having to ask you about everything.
How do you go about making your new home feel like home?
1. Arrange things in the same order.
If the cups were always on the the right side of your sink, put them in the same place in your new kitchen. Was the nightstand always on the left side of your bed? Put it in the same place in your new bedroom. Having things in the same spatial relationship will keep you from feeling totally disoriented.
This tactic is extremely important for those who are suffering from some memory loss or dementia. If you are helping a person move who has these problems, take plenty of pictures of how things were laid out and use those to recreate the layout as closely as possible in the new home.
2. Keep the furniture you use the most.
As we age our world tends to shrink. Do you sit in one favourite chair? You likely have a bed you are used to – it could even be a sofa. If it is possible to take the pieces you actually use to your new home, you will be more comfortable. A time may come for their replacement, but doing it now just increases the magnitude of disruption caused by a move.
3. Surround yourself with the things that bring the most joy and comfort.
If you are downsizing, keep only things you use frequently and things which have happy memories. When you are keeping something because you love it, find a way to use it. You may have to seek some creative solutions if you end up with more pictures than walls. But, if you are keeping them you should be able to see them.
4. Don’t feel obligated to keep things.
Don’t feel obligated to keep things you inherited or were given as gifts if they don’t meet the useful or joyful criteria. Perhaps you can hand down the family heirlooms to the next generation and give the gifts to someone who will appreciate them more. If you find it impossible to part with them, even though they don’t suit you, perhaps you can repaint or recover or re-purpose them so they will meet your criteria. Think of this as adding your own chapter to the item’s story.
5. Get unpacked and set up quickly.
Don’t live in a pile of boxes because you don’t have the strength or the will to unpack. It’s unsafe and unhealthy. Ask for help. One of the things people like most about using a our service is that we do the hard work of unpacking and setting up so that our clients can walk in to a new home that already feels like home.