This month I am going to do a series on How to Make a House a Home--and the different things you can do to accomplish that. This week, I start with your family.
Old and New Things - When you have moved into a new house, it can feel odd, strange and even scary for a small child. The unknown can be quite unsettling and if it has been a stressful move anyway (which a lot of moves tend to be) then you want things to feel even more "normal" than before you moved! How can you even accomplish that? First, having familiar surroundings help. Obviously you can't move your new house to the same place your old house was, but, you can help each room feel more familiar with similar items in the rooms. Put some of your family's favorite decor items in their rooms. Set up closets, play items and family rooms with things that will remind them of "home". Keep things easy to find. Of course a lot of us look forward to having new things in a new house, but, having everything new at once can be a lot on a family. Give everyone time to adjust, then add new furniture, bedding or wall decor. Once everyone feels at home, they will want to put a new stamp on things, too. *On the flip side, if you have items that remind you of a loss (such as someone passing) maybe pack them away for a while until you have adjusted. Bringing them out again in a house that feels like home may bring happier memories when you see that item instead.
Same Schedules - When you are in the process of packing and moving, your family schedule generally gets all out of whack. One of the best ways to make your new house a home is to get everyone back on a normal, routine schedule once you are moved in. This will make your family feel like everything is getting back as it should and in turn will make the new house feel like home again.
New Traditions - Another way to make your new house feel homey is to add a new tradition. Maybe if your new house has some new features, like a pool, you can add a new tradition of a weekly family dinner outside and pool time. Maybe your new house has a movie room or you just got a new big TV for you house. Add a family movie night with popcorn and other goodies. Making some new memories in your new house will make that house feel like home with it's own special memories.
Comfort - With a new house comes all sorts of new things at times...new flooring, newly painted walls, new furniture and new windows. We can get a little carried away trying to keep everything as "new" as we possibly can for as long as we possibly can, but, I challenge you to make sure your home is comfortable for all of your family. Things will get dinged up. Nothing will stay clean forever and chances are little fingerprints on the walls or scratched new items will even appear the week you move in. Don't let it freak you out or make you upset. A HOME is to be lived in and comfortable. It's your safe place not only for you, but your family. I am not saying you can't teach your family to respect things, but, let's face it, in the end it's just stuff--and in my book, people will ALWAYS be more important than STUFF. So let's do what all we can to make our family feel happy, safe and comfortable in their new HOME.
Until Next Time!
Jen Lush--Associate Broker and Mother of Managing Broker
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