How to Make a Home, Feel like Home

Moving from Chicago to Savannah has been a huge change for me and to be honest, it was really hard at first and still is hard, some days. I had to pick my entire life up and move hundreds and hundreds of miles away from everything that is familiar to me. It truly is a huge, scary life change and I know that so many people relate to it. Everyday I see posts of people moving away from their hometowns, their friends, and their families and I see how hard it is for them. When you do finally make the jump to move, there are so many things on your to do list and sometimes the place you are moving to gets put in last place, but it really should be put be a high priority because when it comes down to it, when you are done with your huge to do list, all you really have left is the place that you are now calling ‘home.’ When you do not put the energy into making your house (condo, or apartment) feel like a home, it makes the transition even harder than it would have been in the first place, so I highly recommend focusing some on that. Since I have just been through that process, I have a few tips to help all of you that are moving out. Check them out:

 

  • Bring your memories with you

 

Bringing memories with is the best way to hold those dear to you close to your heart, literally. Frame pictures and scatter them throughout your home, make a scrapbook full of your favorite game tickets and other memories with your friends and family, and of course, bring the things that are special to you like family heirlooms, or your baby blanket. Whatever is important to you, bring it with you!

 

  • Incorporate your favorite colors

 

Choose a paint color and get to work! A new paint job is an easy fix to make your house feel more like ‘you.’ The bonus to a new paint job is that it also makes your home feel cleaner, which is also a win! Remember, though. You do not have to do it all at once. Focus on the most important areas – the living room, the kitchen, your bedroom. Wherever you will spend the most time and tackle those areas first. Then, you can focus on the other rooms once you have time. Adding your favorite colors into your home will definitely make it feel more like yours.

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  • Buy something new that you love

 

I don’t know about you, but buying something new (for yourself or for your home) is a great distraction. Adding a new couch will get you more excited about your living space. Buying a new bed will make you happier about sleeping in your new room. When I got my new car, it really took some pressure off of moving to Georgia because I knew I could drive back to Chicago whenever I wanted to. Find something that excited you and buy it for yourself!

 

 

  • Make sure that it is comfortable

 

One important thing about a new home is that you don’t know what it is going to be like in different seasons. If you are moving to the south like I did, you have to think about the fact that your home might get hot and muggy in the summer months. Don’t worry, though. There is an easy fix to this problem if you have it! If you have heard of Window Tinting before then you know about how great it is for safety, excessive heat and cold, glare, fading, and more. If you haven’t heard about window tinting, or window films, let me tell you more. UHS Window Tinting and Blinds provides the Metro Atlanta area with premier residential and commercial window tinting and window treatments company. I am used to the cold, but I know Atlantans have ‘thin blood,’ ha, so if you are in that category, you may want to look into adding window films because it insulates your windows, so it is like upgrading from single-pane to double-pane. This also helps in the summer months when it is extremely hot. 3M™ Window Films reject the sun’s heat while preserving your view, complement and protect your decorative curtains and blinds, and increase the comfort of your home. They definitely sound like a good deal to me! UHS Window Tinting and Blinds has been serving the area since 2003 and offers the highest-quality craftsmanship out there, so if you are suffering from excessive heat or cold, definitely check them out!

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  • Spend time focusing on yourself

 

I know this doesn’t fall under the home improvement category, but this is important – focus on yourself! Making a home takes a lot of energy and time and if you forget to take care of yourself, you could end up getting sick. Make sure you save time for some self-care like eating healthy, getting exercise, and even doing things to help make yourself happier like taking baths, getting your hair and nails done, or having a spa day!

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