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Just Moved? How to Make Your New House Feel Like Home
After all the stress and anxiety that comes with moving, most people simply want to get in their new place and relax. However, just because you have a mortgage on a property doesn’t mean that it will automatically feel like your own. It takes time to make memories in a new place, and memories are the bulk of what makes a house a home. However, there are little things you can do to make your new place more comfortable and encourage relaxation so you can feel somewhat more at home.
Make It Smell Like Home
Scent is a powerful sense. It is closely linked to memory and motivates decision-making, and certain smells can even change your mood and behaviors. Make your place smell like home by using familiar products to clean and freshen every room. If you don’t already have standard products that smell like home, use this opportunity to create your own signature scents by making your own cleaning products and accenting them with your favorite essential oils. Different scents have their own benefits.
- Lemon, orange, grapefruit, eucalyptus, cinnamon, peppermint, ginger, rosemary, spearmint, black pepper, and jasmine are uplifting and energizing.
- Rosemary, basil, peppermint, helichrysum, cedar, vetiver, grapefruit, pine, and juniper clear the mind and encourage focus.
- Rose, clary sage, frankincense, lavender, bergamot, marjoram, ylang-ylang, lemon, geranium, orange, sandalwood, chamomile, and vetiver relieve anxiety and promote inner balance.
- Lavender, vetiver, patchouli, sandalwood, ylang-ylang, chamomile, neroli, marjoram, cedar, bergamot, clary sage, frankincense, and rose ease tension while encouraging rest and relaxation.
If your home doesn’t need a good cleaning but you still want to reap the benefits of aromatherapy, you can use a humidifier to disperse essential oils throughout a room. Humidifiers provide additional benefits, such as giving you cleaner air to breathe, reducing the frequency of dry skin, extending the life of your furniture and floors by preventing cracking and warping, and more. If you’re unsure whether it may be time to purchase a humidifier, you can read more here.
Hang Photos and Other Personal Items
When you sell a house, real estate agents suggest you depersonalize it by removing photos, diplomas, sports memorabilia, and any other items that show off your interests. So it stands to reason that if you want to make a house feel more like your own, you should do the opposite! Hang photos and break out those souvenirs and other items that help you express yourself. You can also go the extra mile by hanging curtains, making beds, and decorating with throw pillows and blankets that you brought with you to make your new place feel cozy and welcoming.
Cook a Comforting Meal
The kitchen is the heart of a home. Getting in there and cooking your favorite meal is a great way to get acquainted with your new abode while making something that will provide you with physical comfort. Plus, you will need to unpack all the boxes containing your pots, pans, and utensils in order to do it. Having your kitchen unpacked can lift a huge weight off your shoulders. After it is done, you can focus on less essential areas like the guest room or garage.
Once you have all your cooking essentials on hand, you can rest easy knowing you have what you need to make healthy and nutritious meals. Even if you aren’t quite an expert cook, try making a simple yet comforting recipe as a way to kickstart a healthy habit in your new living situation. Changing your environment can change habits and behaviors, so take advantage of it.
If your new house doesn’t feel quite like home yet, you can tap into your senses to speed up the process. Clean your house with your favorite products or fill it with your favorite fragrance using a humidifier and essential oils. You can make your house feel more like a home by placing photos, memorabilia, and other visual reminders in their proper areas. Finally, cooking a comforting meal means you get a major part of unpacking done while providing yourself with a physical comfort and kickstarting a new healthy habit.
Many thanks to Natalie Jones for this informative article
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