Thousands of people are currently experiencing what it’s like to be a new home owner, with reports indicating that home sales skyrocketed in 2020 compared to the previous years. If you’ve recently invested in property, then you’ll know that it takes 8 to 10 weeks for the transfer of homeownership to be finalized, and another 15 days before you can move in. But as to when your house will start feeling more homely, research indicates that it may take a little longer before that happens. According to one study, it may take as long as 17 months before your house starts to feel like home. Making your house feel lived in should be a priority, since it can improve your quality of life, and it can make staying at home much more enjoyable. To add some coziness and a sense of familiarity to your living spaces, here are a few easy ways to make your house feel like a home upon moving in.

Introduce some comforting scents

Science proves that the right scents can trigger happy memories, and certain scents can have a h3 influence on the emotions that we feel. To make your new house feel cozier instantly, light some lovely smelling candles with comforting scents, such as espresso or vanilla. Opt for candles with a wood wick for cozy log-fire sounds to accompany the aroma. You can also use a diffuser to banish musty smells and help you relax. Try using calming scents such as cinnamon, lavender, rosemary or bergamot while unboxing and organizing your belongings to make the process of moving in a little less stressful.

Start with the bedroom

If you’re wondering which room you should organize first, start with the bedroom. Organizing and making your sleeping space as cozy as it can be can help you feel more settled in your new abode. Keep all the boxes out of your room while you’re fixing it up, and bring boxes in one at a time to make clean up and organization easier. Assemble the bed, and make up the mattress with nice sheets and fluffy pillows; then organize your side table and vanity table. Hang up your clothes in the closet, and decorate your room by hanging up some art or displaying meaningful objects. This way, even if you don’t get to finish fixing everything in a day, you’ll have the ideal place to rest and sleep after all the work you’ve done to make your place look and feel like home.

Set up your bathroom

Since the bathroom is one of the most frequently used rooms in a home, making it look inviting is key to making you feel more at ease in your living space. Give your bathroom a thorough scrub to freshen it up, and once all surfaces are dry, hang up a new shower curtain and put some towels on the towel rod or shelf. Stock the bathroom with toilet paper and toiletries, as well as liquid hand soap in a pretty bottle. Lay down a cushy bath mat, and place a few decorative items on the counter, such as a vase filled with flowers, or a succulent, to give your space some life.

Play some music

The sound of silence can be unsettling, especially if you’re in a new place. To make your home feel a little more cheerful, play your favorite tunes while fixing up your place. Connect your phone to a Bluetooth speaker so you can listen to your Spotify or Soundcloud playlist. If your Internet isn’t up yet, unpack your record player or any other old-school device so you can blast some music. It’s recommended to download a few playlists to your phone prior to moving so you can have some form of entertainment while waiting for your WiFi to get sorted out by your Internet provider.

Moving to a new home may cause homesickness or a sense of unease. However, by playing music, using comforting scents, and organizing key areas, you can make your house feel like a home. Try these tips to feel settled and to make your abode look and feel like it’s truly yours.

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