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So, you’re finally taking the plunge and moving to a new home? As you’ve almost certainly found out within a few minutes of making the decision to move, there’s plenty that can be stressful about switching homes.
If you’re anything like the typical mover, you’ve probably been overwhelmed to realise just how many different things you actually own. You’ve probably also held your head in your hands on more than one occasion, and lost yourself to the feeling of stress and dread that you might have to spend weeks packing everything into boxes before you even have the chance to enjoy your new home.
Keep up your morale, however. Moving to a new home, and especially the journey to buying a house, can and should be some of the most exciting and enriching experiences you can have. Once you’re all set up in your new residence, you can expect to feel wave after wave of satisfaction and happiness washing over you.
The trick is just in making sure that you get the best possible start in your new home, and don’t have to spend too long surrounded by un-opened boxes of stuff, eating takeaway for each meal.
Here are some essential tips you should take to heart, for getting the best possible start in your new home.
Leave the junk behind
The first step to getting the best start in your new home, is making sure that you don’t unnecessarily bring across all the junk that’s weighing you down in your current one. Some of this will be literal junk, in the sense that it’s stuff you should have gotten rid of long ago but never got around to — broken appliances, a collection of old newspapers or food wrappers, for example.
Some of it will also be stuff which you wouldn’t necessarily consider junk, but which nonetheless has no real benefit to you, and may even drag you down emotionally or just take up space as clutter which could be better used storing things that you actually get some use out of.
Examples here could include gadgets which you bought on a whim but never used, clothes which you haven’t worn in years and don’t really like, but cling to out of habit, and so on.
Space is valuable, and having an uncluttered living space is one of the best overall ways of creating a sense of tranquillity in your home.
When sorting through your belongings and preparing to pack, make a point of ditching everything which isn’t either useful to you in a realistic way, or which doesn’t make you smile for one reason or another. If it’s not a treasured heirloom or trinket, or something that serves your needs, let it go.
Get any essential work done as early as possible
Moving homes — especially moving into a newly purchased house — can involve the need for a lot of cleanup. It’s not unusual to arrive in your dream home, only to find corners of mess sneakily concealed in different corners, or various partly-broken things which you hadn’t noticed during your viewings, but which nonetheless are going to need the help of an expert to fix.
You want to get all of this stuff sorted out as soon as possible, because the longer it endures, the more of a headache it’s going to be for you, and the longer it’ll be issuing an IV drip of stress into your otherwise blissful new living experience.
Wherever possible, you should thoroughly survey the home before even moving in, and make whatever arrangements you can to get those issues seen to before your arrival. In practice, though, you’ll likely have to deal with these things once you’ve already moved in.
This isn’t the end of the world, but it is important that you make a priority of getting the ball rolling as soon as possible. Noticed a bunch of builder’s rubble half-buried in the garden? Spend a weekend digging it out if you can, or else call a landscaper. Have a leak in the ceiling, or notice a draft in the living room? Contact the necessary professionals as soon as you’re able.
Don’t let little issues like this ruin the euphoria of the move.
Start with a new cleaning rota from day one
Just about everyone has the best of intentions when it comes to cleaning; they subscribe to the ideal that living in a clean house is a great thing indeed, and believe that even if things get messy from time to time, they’ll soon get a handle on the situation.
Often, this doesn’t really come to pass, and the house continues to exist in a state of semi-mess at any given time. The reason for this isn’t because homeowners across the land have fatal character flaws, but instead because maintaining a clean home requires the right set of habits to achieve day-in and day-out.
Start as you mean to go on, by implementing a cleaning rota as soon as you move into your new home. Even if you life by yourself, having a set schedule for which days of the week you’ll clean various rooms, take out the recycling, etc., is a great hack for staying on top of things.
Figure out your design and style template in advance
Your new home shouldn’t just be a place where you sleep and shower around work and social activities, it should be a place which makes you feel alive, happy, and content. A home is, partly, a canvas which you can project your interests, desires, preferences and tastes onto.
To get a proper handle on the aesthetics of your home from day one, begin with a clear design and style vision which you intend to see realised in the home.
What colour-schemes do you prefer? Are you more of a “rustic”, or “modern” person? Do you feel more inspired by minimalism or artistic presentations and arrangements?
By having a clear design vision, combined with the blank slate of a new home, you can achieve remarkable design feats with minimal effort, and keep the aesthetic consistent in the months and years to come.