Relocating can oftentimes be a stressful, and even daunting experience for the entire family, but only if you don’t prepare for it! With a reliable moving company at your side, you can be out of the old home and in the new one within a day, so relocation itself shouldn’t worry you too much. The thing you should pay special attention to is creating a new home for you and your family, a place where you feel safe, comfortable, and imbued with life’s positive energy.
Needless to say, mimicking this familiar feeling in a new home is not an easy thing to do, as you are working with an unfamiliar interior. But that shouldn’t discourage you, because there are plenty of things you can do after your move to make your new living environment become the home you’ve always dreamed of. Here are your post-move priorities.
Something old and something new
First things first, you need to know where everything goes, or in other words, you need to know your layout. This will help the movers put everything in its place for you, and it will take the stress out of trying to figure out where the best spot for the couch is a week after you’re relocated. Alas, keep in mind that not everything will be able to fit in your new home, nor that you need to take everything with you.
Some possessions you’ll need to part with for good, which creates the perfect opportunity to buy new furniture and create a beautiful symbiosis of the old and new in your life. The things you bring with you will feel familiar and calm your senses, while the new stuff you bring in will create the perfect backdrop for this new chapter in your life filled with excitement and new challenges.
Organize your storage space right away
Moving to a new home also creates the perfect opportunity to declutter your life, organize your living environment, and create a functional space the entire family can enjoy. It’s also the perfect opportunity to create an interior design that’s not too crowded, nor too unembellished either. While you can choose an entirely minimalist approach if you so wish, you can also strive to create the perfect balance here by optimizing storage space.
Keep the space clean and clear of extraneous elements by putting things away in your storage units, the garage, and the closets. Introduce smart yet stylish storage features such as hollow ottomans or storage beds in order to keep the things you love without actually cluttering your living environment. Take out a few select pieces you can put in every room to evoke that familiar homey vibe.
Layer rugs for that irresistible comfy feel
One of the best ways to evoke said feel is to pay special attention to the flooring. There is nothing that can create a welcoming image of a home imbued with love and happiness like a comfortable rug adorning the floor space in every room. Not only is a carpet a functional accent, but it’s a stylish one as well, able to improve the aesthetics of every setting and set the tone of the room in the process.
There are many options to choose from depending on the purpose and design of the room. For example, you want to follow the theme of the kitchen and add a comfortable standing spot beneath the island in a bright hue that emanates positivity. On the other hand, you can introduce a more earthy hue to the living room by adding a beige wool rug or a Moroccan, while the kids’ rooms can enjoy a more vibrant colour palette to go with the vivacious look and feel of the walls and furniture. Be sure to introduce a comfy carpet in every area of your new home to make it that much more charming and inviting.
Add homey accents to the furniture and shelves
Speaking of accents that are important to the overall look and feel of your new home, keep in mind that every surface can serve as the perfect place to put accentuating elements that will bring the home of your dreams to life. Some of these can be the throw pillows you brought from home, and some can be completely new yet complementary in their colour scheme, texture, and patterns.
This is your opportunity to play with the aesthetics of every room, and create focal points with striking accents that will help you achieve the look and feel you’re going for. Remember, no need to clutter the place, but instead pick a couple of accent pieces for every piece of furniture or elevated surface. In the living room, simply let a beautiful sheep skin drape on the sides of the sofa. In the bathroom, add potted plants on the window sill. As for the kitchen, why not put up some family photos on the free wall overlooking the room?
Let plenty of light permeate the setting
And finally, be sure to let plenty of natural light permeate your new living environment throughout the day. This will make the interior look more inviting and warmer. When evening strikes, though, you want to have warm artificial lighting gracing the key areas in every room, in order to accentuate focal points and set the ambiance just right. Spend some time picking out the right light bulbs, it will make all the difference.
Moving house can be a stressful experience, but it doesn’t have to be if you prepare for the move and organize the new place ahead of time. With these tips in mind, you can transition seamlessly into your new home and recreate that homey look and feel you know and love.
About the author: Lilly Miller is a Sydney-based graphic designer and a passionate writer. Loves everything about home decor, art history and baking. Shares home with two loving dogs and a gecko named Rodney. You can find her on Twitter.