We can generally all agree that the thought of moving to a new place and adjusting to new surroundings, meeting new people, and feeling at home, is quite scary. We humans are creatures of habit, which is why it is so hard for us to come out of our comfort zone. Moving to a new place means leaving behind the old, familiar faces of your neighbors, the nooks and crannies of your home that you have grown to love, the commute to work, and so much more. It also means that you will probably take some time to fit in. You will have to go through the whole cycle of meeting new people, arranging your new home, and even finding a local grocery store.
But ultimately, change is inevitable and at some point, in your life you may find that moving is necessary. In such circumstances, the best thing to do is to prepare yourself to try and fit into your new place as quickly as possible.
This adjustment happens when you make an effort to feel at home once you have moved. It can be hard, but it’s doable. In fact, we have some tips to help you.
Unpack as soon as you can
Boxes and boxes of unpacked belongings around your new apartment or house can make it difficult for you to feel at home. All these unpacked boxes simply mean that you have not yet settled in. They are just going to remind you that you just moved in, and that is bound to leave you feeling more out of place than ever. So just get down to it and start unpacking – maybe over the weekend or take a couple of days off work to get your things in order. Either way, make sure you unpack and put your belongings away as soon as possible.
Try to bring some familiarity
When setting up your furniture and arranging everything around your new home, try to create a sense of familiarity. Perhaps hang your favorite cuckoo clock on the wall or place pictures of your family on the mantelpiece. Make your home as comfy as possible, and decorate and redecorate until you feel like you finally fit in well in your new home.
Throw a party
Throwing a party right after you move in seems overwhelming, but it is the quickest way to make some new friends. It does not have to be a big party, either. Visit the other houses on the block or apartments in your building, introduce yourself, and invite them to your housewarming party. The faster you make friends, the easier you will find it to fit in at your new place.
Acquaint yourself with the surroundings
Moving to a new place can be an exciting experience if you see it that way. Lift your spirits by doing a little exploration of your new neighborhood. Visit some local stores, try out the local cafes and restaurants. Take a run around the block in the morning and try to take in the sights in front of you. Once you get acquainted with your surroundings, you will no longer feel as though you just moved in.