June 14, 2016

5 Ways to Make Your New Place Feel Like Home

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Bedding: Wamsutta  |  Pillows: Leopard, Similar to Pink  |  Lamp: BaseShade  
Ring Holder: Home Goods, Similar

We’re starting to setting into our new place and although all the boxes are unpacked, I’m still playing jenga in the closets.  Like all moves, this one had its fair share of surprises.  After four moves in three years, I’ve learned there is no such thing as a stress free move.  You can have every box labeled and color-coded but I promise you something unexpected will happen.


After being without our stuff for almost two weeks I was ready to get things organized in our new space as soon as possible.  Then the movers started bringing in all our stuff and the sea of cardboard totally overwhelmed me.  At that very moment I would have rather been anywhere other than our apartment, which is the last feeling you want after a move.  So, I thought I would share with you five tips to make your new place feel more like home the very first day you’re there! 

One | Make Your Bed

This may seem like one of the last things you need to do when you’re looking at boxes stacked to the ceiling, but trust me when I say it really does change the whole feel of your new space.  It’ll give you some sense of direction on where to put the things you’re unpacking and eventually you will get tired!  The rest of your place may be a disaster, but the feeling of getting into a freshly made bed will feel like heaven.

Two | Light a Candle

Even when I’m sitting on the floor sorting through things I didn’t even know we had, there’s something so cozy and calming about having a candle lit.  Not to mention your new space might have just been painted or cleaned which can be really overwhelming with everything else that’s going on.

Picking out a candle for your new place is kind of like giving it a signature scent.  While we were furniture shopping with our friends, I found this one from West Elm that I knew had to make its way home with me.     

Three | Put out Fresh Flowers

This is definitely the most frivolous thing on my list and may seem pretty silly when you probably don’t even have a table set up to put them on, but a pop of color amongst the cardboard will brighten up any room!  I won’t complain at all that we moved during peony season…the need to bring them home every time I go to the store is getting to be quite the bad habit!

Four | Make a Cup of Coffee

We spent a little over a week at our old place after the movers packed all our stuff, but the one thing I made sure our movers did not pack was our coffee maker.  I can do without my couch and even without my bed #helloairmattress, but the one thing Kyle and I simply cannot do without is our coffee.  Rather than hunting through boxes to find the coffee maker, I prefer to take it with us so I know exactly where it is.  There’s something so wonderful about waking up to the smell of fresh brewed coffee in the morning and when it comes to unpacking, I need all the extra energy I can get!

Five  | Invite Friends & Family

The thought of inviting friends over to a messy house is enough to give me anxiety even when we’re not in the process of moving, but nothing says “home” like sharing space with people you love.  Grab a bottle of wine and some pizza and have a little unpacking party! 


Whether you’re constantly on the move like us or this is your first move in a while, I hope these tips help you feel right at home in your new place!

Happy Tuesday!

xoxo,
Kathryn