How to Settle Into Your New Home

Last updated on January 5, 2023

To settle in well after a move into a new home it is necessary to prepare beforehand! Here’s how.

But first, to prefer for the move:

  • Label the boxes with the arrival room and the contents are essential to be able to find your way around.
  • If you don’t have a lot of boxes the name of the destination room and the main object contained in the box is enough.
  • If you have more than 30 boxes, it might also be useful to add numbers to the destinations and object types and to create a more precise list of what each box contains.
  • This list can be done simply on paper or it can be computerized.
  • In this case, don’t forget to print it out before you move, as you may need it before you have plugged in your computer.

Before leaving your old home, it is important to prepare these two things:

  1. Pack one or more boxes with the essentials (coffee, tea, children’s favorite toys, chargers for electronic devices, cleaning supplies for the house, etc.) It will save your life to quickly find everything you need within 24 hours of moving in.
  2. Pack a suitcase/bag with a few things for three or four days. Include everything you need for hygiene as well (shower gel, toothpaste, toothbrush, towels) for everyone so you can live like a hotel.

It’s really more practical to settle down serenely without having to look in the boxes for what to wash or dress.

Below are some more steps to help you settle in real quick.

Setting Up the Kitchen As a Priority

kitchen utensils

Before putting up the bed or putting away your clothes, the kitchen will be your priority.

Indeed, you need energy to settle down properly in your new home so eating well and comfortably is essential.

Actions to do:

  • Set up a table and enough chairs for all family members.
  • Unpack the boxes containing plates, glasses, and cutlery.
  • Open the box containing at least one frying pan, one saucepan, one salad bowl, and one baking dish.

Go Shopping


Shopping as soon as you arrive is essential to start cooking quickly. Delivering pizzas can save you once or twice, but not only is it unhealthy, but these little extras quickly become a money pit.

If you really don’t feel like cooking in the first few days (the fatigue of unpacking helps), plan fast food:

  • Frozen pizzas and a small salad (these pizzas are much cheaper than the one you get at the pizzeria).
  • Meals on toast, cold cuts, cheese, and soup.
  • Cheesecake or quiche with bacon and a small salad.
  • Frozen lasagna.

Then on the first day, clean the cupboards and unpack all the kitchen boxes.

This will be the room where you’ll spend the most time during the day at first as long as it doesn’t look like a battlefield 🙂

Start Your Leisure Activity


Once the kitchen is ready and your essentials are in a suitcase, turn your attention to leisure activities. Whether its books, games or DVDs to watch, you’ll need to take a breather once in a while.

In addition, setting up a bookcase and “dumping” a multitude of boxes into it will allow you to quickly get visible results.

This is not necessarily the category you think of first, but I assure you that having a “relaxation” corner, for adults as well as for children, is indispensable 

Taking Breaks


Living in boxes may be a solution for a few days. But to avoid tiring yourself unnecessarily, try to take small steps. This goes hand in hand with your hobbies, especially if you’re working right after you move in.

It is important to keep your morale high and not get discouraged. So don’t rush into every box you see, even if it’s hard to look at all the stuff in your living room.

Moving on to Clothing


If you start running out of clothes in your suitcase, it’s time to open one or two boxes to restock. It’s also a good time to throw in a few loads of laundry.

Then take the opportunity to put each of your clothes away. It’s still not too late to get rid of some of your wardrobe items if you feel you have too much.

The rest of the bathroom can be installed at the same time. Again, remember to throw out the things you’re not going to use right away.

Tidy Up the Boxes As You Go

moving in

Nothing worse for your eyes (and therefore your mental health) than to have emptied a lot of boxes and see they pile up like an unstable pyramid.

Unfold all your boxes that are still in good condition and store them in a cupboard, behind a wardrobe or in the cellar (preferably where there is no humidity).

You will still need a box from time to time and then it will give you stock for your next move!

Leave the Knick-knacks in the Boxes


For the first few days, there’s no point in trying to unpack everything. Decorative objects, some books or DVDs, summer stuff (if you are in winter). all this can stay in the boxes, stored in a cupboard/cellar/laundry room.

Put these boxes out of sight so that they don’t get in the way and concentrate on the most important things. These things, whether decorative, seasonal or not so important, can stay hidden for several weeks waiting for you.

Of course, if you have finished all the rest of your unpacking, everything is in its place and you have time and energy, you can tackle your last boxes.

Take advantage of your breaks to discover your new city (or new neighborhood), and why not have a house-warming party by inviting your new neighbors.

Alert Your Family and Friends


According to Basicinvite, you can alert and invite your friends and family by sending them change of address notification cards to come over your house and show their love and good wishes. This will make you feel at home immediately. 

And that’s how, in a few simple steps, you can settle in peacefully without stress or running around. Implementing these steps will always make you more comfortable in a new place.


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