My family and I have moved 4 times in the last 12 years. Twice across the world and twice across the country. We moved from Austin to Singapore (for 1.5 years) and then back. Then 4 years later we moved from Austin to Upstate NY and then 6 years later back to Austin. Phew!!! With all this moving I have figured a few things out.
Here are 5 tips to help you when moving into a new house. Follow them to keep your mental sanity and to help everyone in your family with the transition of moving into a new home. Also, check back later this week as I’ll be sharing more advice on My Restyling Challenges after Moving.
1. Unpack the kitchen first.
The kitchen is the heart of the home and where most of the action takes place, so it is of utmost importance to get this room functioning first. Plus, the longer you wait to get the kitchen functioning, the more meals you must eat out, which is expensive and let’s face it, eating out meal after meal gets old quickly.
2. If you have kids, put their rooms together as quickly as possible.
Moving is emotional and traumatic for children. They probably didn’t want to move in the first place and the faster they can be surrounded with familiar items such their bed/stuffed animals, posters/toys, the faster they will have some comfort and the happier everyone in the family will feel. Right after we finished unpacking our kitchen we went straight for our children’s rooms. My husband and I sacrificed and slept on the sofas for a couple of nights while we concentrated on their rooms. It was worth it to see our children start to feel some relief and comfort at the sight of all of their beloved belongings.
3. Hang up at least 1 accessory ASAP!
This helps the “house” to start feeling like a “home”. We have a large, red, wall clock that was hung in the living room in our former home and as soon as I hung it up in the new living room, my entire family cheered! It was so nice for us to see something familiar and comforting. Other ideas are to quickly hang a family portrait on one of the main walls of the house or something as simple as hanging a welcome sign by your front door. These tasks are easy and will go long way in helping yourself and your family to start seeing this new ‘house’ as your ‘home’.
4. Set a date for a house warming party to help with motivation
We moved at the end of March so we decided to throw a party over the 4th of July holiday weekend. Having the deadline forced us to get everything unpacked. As we got everything unpacked and the date moved closer, I was able to concentrate on the fun part – arranging decor and accessories. Without this deadline, we would probably still be knee deep in boxes.
5. Practice Patience
We want to jump at the opportunity to put together a new house, but try to have patience and live in your home for a while before you make any big purchases such as furniture or window treatments. It is better to live in a space for a least a few months or even longer in order to feel it out. See how your family lives in the space with regards to flow and see the lighting at different angles and different times of the day. Patience will lead to wise, long-term investments that will last for years, rather than jumping in with quick decisions that might lead to disappointment. Believe me, I struggle with this, and had to remind myself daily to be patient. : )
Moving is one of the 5 biggest stressors of life, so if you have recently moved or are about to move, I hope these 5 tips help make your transition smoother and more manageable for you and your family.