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The Essential Guide to Moving and Settling in to Your New Home

Tips and Suggestions for Setting In For Every Member of the Family


When you move into a new house, there always so much to do. In fact, many of us ignore the settling in that needs to occur before we feel like we're truly, finally, home. Find out how to help your entire family feel at home with these great tips and suggestions.

Checklist of Things to Do After You Move In

One of the reasons why so many of us take a while to settle into our new homes is because there seems to be so much to do that we don't have the time to just allow ourselves to enjoy the space. One way of relieving this stress is to make a list of all the things you need to do - that way the move in doesn't feel so overwhelming and allows you to breathe a little easier.

Organize Your Unpacking

If you're like me, then unpacking can be one of the toughest jobs, so you might need to create a plan to get it done or you'll end up having to sort through boxes six months from now. The first rule of thumb, then, is get organized. But how exactly do you do that?

Arrange Furniture

When you move to a new home, it may take a while to get a feel for the space, to know how to make a room both comfortable and functional. Be ready to rearrange, get rid of pieces that don't fit and perhaps purchase new items that might work a little better.

Help Children Settle Into Their New Home

For children and teens, settling into a new home and neighborhood may be the hardest adjustment they have to make. Saying goodbye to old friends was difficult, but the excitement of moving to a new home, a new neighborhood can sometimes reduce the initial anxiety they might feel. So, to help them make an easier transition, here are some tips and suggestions that you can plan to incorporate into the first few weeks after you've moved.

Help Pets Settle In

When moving from the U.S. to Canada, I moved first, just so I could find a place for our family to live before the rest joined me. One of our cats requires extra special care, which meant I had to take him on the flight with me so I could monitor him. My sister and her family, whom I was staying with initially, welcomed both of us with opened arms. But what I didn't know about our cat, Sherpa, was that he doesn't adjust well to change. Three years earlier, we'd rescued him from a terrible fate and he had adjusted pretty well to our home with just some growls and unhappy sounds.

Get to Know Your Neighborhood

Walking is always the best way to introduce yourself and your family to your new space and to get a feel for the neighborhood. Go armed with a map and your new address written on a scrap of paper, just in case you wander too far. And before you strike out on your adventure, you may want to plan your route by doing a little research first.

Host a Housewarming Party

After a move, planning a party is probably the last thing you want to do, but with a bit of time after you finish unpacking, a party is the perfect way for you and your family to meet neighbors and make new friends. The key is to keep it simple. Guests know that you've just moved and won't be expecting you to host an elaborate get-together.

How to Feel Part of Your Community

Whether you're moving from a large city to a small town or from a small town to a large city, feeling like you're part of a community takes time and effort on your part. Use these tips for getting acquainted more quickly.


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