After the craziness of moving day has come to a close, you’re left with the monumental task of making a home out of your new house. The problem comes in knowing where to begin. With so many boxes filling all the rooms of your home, it can feel like anything but a warm and inviting space. By doing a few simple things when you first move in, though, you can make your house feel more like a home, providing more motivation to continue toward making it even homier.

Fill the Walls

Though measuring and hammering to hang pictures might not seem like the most relaxing activity right after you move in, it can certainly go a long way in helping warm up your space. Blank walls can give a very institutional feel to a space, but if you hang some personal touches on those blank walls, it will look more like the home you’re missing. Walls hangings also make a great place to start as you begin arranging your space since they can help you determine the arrangement of your furniture and other belongings.

Unpack Dishes

Once the moving trucks drive away, the first thing you’ll probably realize is just how hungry you are. After all, you’ve been running around like crazy for probably several days by that point, without taking a moment to stop and realize just how tired and hungry you are.

That’s why it’s so important to unpack your dishes and, really, your entire kitchen, as soon as you can. A good tip for this is to have a moving company, like Wheaton World Wide Moving, move these boxes into the kitchen for you so they are ready to go. While using paper plates and plastic utensils is certainly convenient, having the comfort of a home-cooked meal eaten off your actual dinnerware will certainly make your house feel homier.

Set up Beds

While it’s recommended that adults get 7-9 hours of sleep a night, if that sleep isn’t restful, it’s not going to do you much good, especially as you exert yourself to get unpacked. That’s why it’s so important to set up beds in each bedroom as soon as you can. This will ensure that your entire family is getting the best sleep possible so that everyone can be as productive as possible during the day. Plus, since beds are one of the largest pieces of furniture in any room they’re in, setting up the bed will expedite the process of getting the rest of the furniture arranged, as well.

Add Your Favorite Scents

Each home has a distinct scent that develops over time. If the scent in your home is largely the result of a candle or other scented item, it’s important to introduce that scent into your new home as soon as possible. Scent provides a strong connection to emotions and memories, so by introducing familiar scents into your new house, it will feel a lot more like the home you’re used to.

Enjoy Time Together

People are ultimately what make a house a home. So, soon after arriving in your new home, it’s important to celebrate the memories that are being made. As each person in your family acknowledges the space as a place where memories can be made, bonds will begin to be formed that associates that space with being a home. This makes the new space exciting, as it provides opportunities for new memories to be made that your family can cherish for a lifetime.