Here Are a Few Easy Ways to Turn a House Into a Home
One of the most challenging things after you’ve finally managed to purchase a house is to find the time to rest and settle into your new home. A house does not automatically begin to feel like home — it takes a certain amount of care and time to start to feel comfortable, and this can be difficult to achieve, particularly with the demanding speed of modern-day life. However, with basic maintenance and simple decorating, you can speed up the process and get your new house feeling like home in no time. Here are a few easy ways to get started.
Take Your Time
Possibly one of the easiest ways to get accustomed to your house is to spend time in it. While this strategy may seem simple, the amount of comfort you experience in your home is directly related to your familiarity with the space. For instance, if you are still bumping into walls when you walk around your house at night, you probably have yet to feel wholly comfortable in the space. Another part of this is establishing routines. Figuring out how the standard rhythm of your life fits into your new house is a great way to normalize the space.
A major reason why a house has not yet begun to feel like home is the presence of small, irritating flaws requiring repairs. This can be particularly true in the bathroom — as one of the most personal rooms in the house, the bathroom should be the first place you start getting everything fixed up to your liking. Start by organizing it to your taste. If there isn’t enough storage, consider adding a medicine cabinet or extra shelving to the space. Take the time to fix any flaws, like leaky faucets (which can often be fixed by replacing the faucet’s worn out rubber washers). If you have the extra funds, upgrading the existing toilet and shower can be a great way to put your personal touch on the space while giving your bathroom a welcoming atmosphere. A clean, uncluttered bathroom will help you relax and establish your daily routine.
Decorate to Fit Your Taste
A home’s decoration is extremely personal, and many new homeowners find considerable joy in transforming the sterile, open canvas of a new house into their own space. Some of the most impactful decorations are the least expensive — a fresh coat of paint in your preferred color on the walls and cabinets, several candles, and a vase of fresh flowers can make a huge difference. Light is another way to impact your home — sunlight is a great mood booster and offers the most dynamic spectrum of light (try cleaning your windows and adding new draperies to suit your taste). Warm up your interior rooms by swapping out cold fluorescent lights for cozy lamps and eco-friendly LEDs. Remember to pay attention to the walls; a carefully selected piece of art can really bring a room together.
Make Sure Your Dogs and Cats Are Settled
Finally, the most important part of making a house a home is making sure your family is comfortably settled. In the case of our furry companions, this can be more difficult than simply repainting the walls. To help your dog or cat ease in, maintain normal routines. Feed and play with them at the usual times, and set up a safe space with their comfort items where they can retreat. For nervous animals, it may be useful to let them explore the new house gradually, one room at a time. Try giving your dog treats as he explores the house to associate each room with positive feelings.
Once you have a place to kick off your shoes, have the cabinets arranged the way you like, and have the grass mown each Saturday morning, you will have stopped actively thinking about how to make your house a home — and that is exactly when it will happen.
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