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How To Calm Your New Home Nerves

Published: October 12th, 2015

Moving into a new home is a big step for anyone.

It’s very common to have doubts once you venture into this part of your life, whether it’s the realisation that you have mortgage repayments or the price of living away from home.

This post will (hopefully) make you feel more relaxed about having your own home and focus on the never ending list of positives that come with having your own space.

1. It’s all in the message

Some may think that this is a ineffective way to feel better about your new home, but mental affirmation can go a long way. Hang up a sign or framed photo to remind you why you moved into your new home and the positives that are associated with it. Take a look at the following not so subliminal messages that will inspire you every day.

2. Don’t reinvent the wheel

If there were particular factors of your old home you loved, incorporate them into your new home. This will ensure it feels familiar and hopefully you will warm to your surroundings quicker. This can refer to paint colours, window treatments, light fixtures, carpets and even furniture in your previous home. Keeping these elements the same from one house to another will cut down on potential anxiety, but this doesn’t mean you can’t start fresh and buy new things – this is always a fun and exciting part of moving house.

3. Make small changes 

Moving house can be stressful, so to minimise the overwhelming elements associated with this process,  start small. If you’re not sure where to begin, start with the areas that affect your daily life more than others. Organise your bathroom, bedroom and then your kitchen for example as they are areas you spend time in every day. Once they are neatly organised you will feel a sense of accomplishment and organising the rest of the home won’t feel like such a burden.

4. A little goes a long way

Buying flowers is something we usually do for the ones we love, so buying them especially for your home can be a surprisingly meaningful gesture. Don’t wait for things to be perfect to start treating your new home well – little things like fresh flowers on the table and good-smelling soap at the sink help any space feel better.

5. Focus on the positive

If you own a home, you have a lot to be grateful for – it’s just not always easy to see it that way. Assuming you’re done with the wallowing, it’s time to shift towards a more positive outlook. Try keeping a daily gratitude journal for a week, paying special attention to all the things you appreciate about your home, from the big (a roof over your head) to the small (great water pressure!). To make it easier to remember to journal, try pairing the habit with another daily routine, like your morning coffee or afternoon tea break.

6. Get some help 

If things just aren’t coming together as easily as you’d like, it may be time to call in reinforcements. Whether you bring a design-minded friend over to help puzzle out the best furniture arrangement for your new living room or hire a designer to help make bigger changes, getting another set of eyes on your space can help move things forward.

Thanks to www.houzz.com.au


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