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Making Your New Space a Home



When you move into a new home, you have a blank canvas in front of you. If you’ve moved long-distance, this can be especially overwhelming. But it doesn’t have to be.

Making your house feel like a home is an important step of the moving process but doesn’t have to be a huge undertaking. You don’t need to be an interior design expert or have a huge budget to create a welcoming and inviting space. Creating an environment that matches your personality and incorporates things that make you feel at home can make you happy, relaxed, and satisfied.

Turning your new space into a home can be easy with a few tweaks and added elements. Here are some helpful tips and tricks to improve your space:


Your home is a reflection of your personality, so make it your own! Personalizing your living space creates a happy, comfortable, and relaxed environment.

Decorating and making your house a home can be budget friendly with simple touches. Family photos, flowers, plants, and shelves filled with your favorite knick-knacks can liven up your space.

Dress up empty walls with art, posters, or pictures that you love. You know your style, so only decorate with what feels natural to you. Whether you’re a minimalist or like stuff everywhere, small touches can make a big difference in your home decorating.

Brighten Up

Colors can have an impact on the look and feel of your home. Soft, cool tones create a calming oasis. Vibrant colors show off your personality and bring interest to a room.

Use color to reflect your personality and create a space that makes you happy. While renters may not be able to paint their walls, bright throw pillows or a fun rug can bring color to any home.

Natural light also helps brighten up your home. Pull back your curtains and let the light shine in. Brighten up your space in a way that works best for you.

Make Your Home Feel Functional

Colors and decorations are important to making your home feel like a reflection of your personality. But organization and functionality can help make your home really feel like your own.

When items in your home have a place and a purpose, it’s easier to see everything you have and find things when in a hurry. Even simple things like arranging your utensils in a drawer organizer can make a big difference.

If you use the blender and toaster every day, leave them on your counter so you’re not reaching to get it off the shelf each morning. Fill glass jars with items you use the most so you can find exactly what you need.

Decluttering and organizing your home can make a big difference in creating a functional and comfortable space.

Make Your Bedroom Your Sanctuary

There’s nothing like sleeping in your own bed. While decorating family spaces of the home like the kitchen and living room are usually top of mind, your bedroom should be high on the list. Don’t overlook the importance of focusing on your bedroom when moving into your new home.

A warm, comfortable, relaxing oasis to recharge and rest is important to make your house feel like a home. Decorate with your favorite color, keep your bed made, and add items that make you happy.

Add functional items like chairs, dressers, and nightstands that fit and make sense for your space. Small touches like a soft rug or flowing curtains can make your bedroom feel like a sanctuary.

Have a Place Just for You

Gathering spaces are essential in creating a home and welcoming atmosphere. But it’s also important to have spaces that are just for you. Besides your bedroom, having an area to escape to makes your home feel like your own. Possibilities include a home gym, study area, library, or even a place to listen to music or watch TV. These areas don’t have to be entire rooms but can be a simple bookshelf in the corner of the living room, or a special chair.

Consider Getting a Pet

A new home – especially a larger one may be the perfect time to introduce a new pet to your family. This can make the transition easier for children if they changed schools or moved away from friends.

According to the CDC, pets provide a feeling of companionship that can help promote a happy home. Pets also increase opportunities to stay active outside. Getting outside with your pet is the perfect excuse to explore your new town or city! If you’re ready to include pets in the memories you’ll make in your new home, check out our guide on moving with pets.

Organizing, decorating, and putting your own personal touches on elements of your house make it a home. But the biggest thing that will truly make your space feel like home are the memories to come.