Thursday, August 27, 2015

How to Make Your New House Feel Like Home When You Relocate to Australia

Moving to a new country is a thrilling adventure – but it takes a little bit of time for your new house to start to feel like home. When you move into a new house it is a blank canvas, waiting for you to paint the story of your life on it. Staring at those empty rooms can be a little intimidating at first and can make you feel overwhelmed and homesick. However, there are things that you can do when you are moving to Australia to help make your new house feel a little bit more like home:
Put on Some Music
Get your music player and speakers set up as soon as possible so that you can start listening to your favorite tunes. Listening to familiar music that you have always known and loved is a great way to feel more comfortable and relaxed in your new home.

Add a Familiar Scent
Scent is one of the senses that is most strongly linked to memory and when your house starts to smell familiar you will feel a lot more at home there. If there was a type of scented candle you used to burn at your old home, or an air freshener you used – try to get the same scent in your new home in Australia. Or, you could even try cooking or baking a favorite family recipe that will fill the house with a familiar smell.

Get the Bathroom Looking Great
The bathroom is the smallest room in the house, so it’s the easiest one to decorate first. Once you have the bathroom feeling nice and welcoming, the next rooms will start to be a little easier. Hang up a shower curtain, stock the bathroom with towels, buy some hand soap, body wash, toilet paper and a bath mat.

After you have decorated the bathroom, you can choose one room at a time and concentrate on getting it comfortable and cozy. Focusing on one room at a time makes the task of decorating the entire house much less overwhelming.

Hang Up Your Favorite Photos
Another great way to make your home more comfortable and welcoming is to hang up your photos – such as ones of your family, your travels, your pets, your hobbies and other meaningful elements of your life. These photos serve as decoration, but they are also visual reminders of your identity and the people who love you helping to make your new home feel like home.

Keep Your Family Routines
Back at your old house did you have Pizza Tuesdays? Did you often spend Sunday evenings watching movies together as a family and popping your own popcorn? Did you go for a walk in the evening with your spouse to talk about how your days went? These routines you had at your old house should be carried with you to your new home, as they will help you to establish stability and comfort.

Unpack Your Hobbies
Whether it is your books, your sewing machine, your painting supplies or your video games – make sure that you unpack the things that bring you joy as soon as possible. Enjoying your favorite hobbies will make you feel more at home in your new place and will help to ease the stress of moving.

Invite the Neighbors Over
Settling into your new home also means becoming part of your new neighborhood and forging relationships with your neighbors. They might just be wonderful people and living next to them will be the beginning of a lovely friendship. In order to start things off on the right foot, invite them over your home for a cup of tea or a meal. This gesture of friendliness will make a great first impression and will set the tone for all interactions to follow.

Also knowing that you will have guests over gives you the motivation that you need to unpack the kitchen supplies and cook up a delicious meal.

These are just a few ways that you can make your new house feel like home when you are emigrating to Australia. It will take a while to adjust to your new surroundings, but soon enough you will start to feel right at home Down Under!