If you’re reading this, then you’ve probably just gone through one of the most stressful things in life; moving house. You’ve finally moved all the boxes over, and you may have even spent a few nights or weeks in your brand new property. But, for some reason, it just doesn’t feel like home yet. There’s just an aura in the air, and you still feel as though you’re staying at a random strangers house.
Why is this? What’s stopping your house from feeling like a new home? Well, I find it’s normally down to one of these reasons:
It Still Smells Weird
Every house has its own smell. You don’t really notice this until you go to someone else’s house and realize it smells nothing like yours. When you move into a new home, it can take time for the house to properly smell like home once more. You still have that empty smell to it, or it smells like a stranger. Thankfully, you can speed up the process in a few ways. For one, you can look into different scenting options so you can diffuse the old scent and make your house feel fresh. I suggest you get your hands on the same air fresheners or scents that were prominent in your old home. Or, you could cook food that you cooked a lot at home, bringing those old scents to the new place.
There Are Remnants Of The Old Owners Lingering
Another main reason your new house doesn’t feel like home is that there are pieces of the old owners still lingering around. I don’t mean literally, of course!! Their old scent is one of them, as mentioned above, but there could be things like markings on the wall or wallpaper in the bedrooms that just reminds you someone else used to live here. When we first moved into our house, we found a chart on the inside of a door frame that showed the heights of the children that used to live there. It was so weird because it had all their names and you could see how they got taller and taller. Little things like this make a house feel weird like you don’t belong there. Naturally, get rid of any remnants as soon as possible, and you should be fine.
You Still Have Moving Boxes Everywhere
There are two types of people in this world; those that do things quickly and those that put them off for ages. If you fall into the second category, then it’s likely you’ve not finished unpacking your moving boxes. Now, having loads of boxes scattered around the house doesn’t exactly scream ‘homely.’ Get your unpacking done, clear away the boxes, and start to finally settle in.
So, if you just can’t quite get that feeling of ‘home’ in your new property, then it’s most likely due to one of these reasons. Sort them out, and you should start to feel more at ease in your new place. Slowly but surely, it’ll feel like home.
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