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Making Your New Home Feel Like Home

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If you recently bought a new home, chances are you’re still trying to make it feel like home. After all, it probably still smells like its old owners or building materials if you bought new, and needs a little of that special touch to make it more inviting. Making your new home feel like home sweet home isn’t as challenging as it might seem and it oftentimes will come over a period of years. If, however, you want to speed up the process, try these simple and easy tips.

Cook Your Favorite Meal | Do you have a favorite meal or special family recipe that you just love to cook and eat? Try whipping up this recipe and enjoying it with your family as a way to celebrate your new home. You can break in the kitchen and treat your family to something that will instantly remind them of the feelings of home. You might be tired after a long move and simply want to grab a burger, but planning for this introductory meal in your home will pay off in the long run.

Make It Smell Like You | This naturally happens over time, but you can speed up the process by plugging in your favorite air freshener, doing several loads of laundry, and whipping up a batch of cookies or a cake. All of these scents combine to form the homey scent you’ve become used to.

Decorate Right Away | When you move into a new home it’s easy to kick back and want to relax. Don’t do this! Instead start pulling out your decorations right away and get your house set up. This will help ease any frustrations you have with not being able to find something and will save you from procrastinating when it comes to home set up. If you’re just too tired to do this right away, make it a point to at least hang some family photos. To make them easier to access try setting them aside in a specially marked box.

Plan Home Activities | Instead of heading out for activities, try planning activities at home. This might mean getting the kids involved in planting a garden or painting their bedroom, or simply planning a family movie night where you watch a movie together and indulge in some homemade buttery popcorn.

What have you done in the past to make moving a little easier and your new home more homey? Share with us on Facebook!

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