Your new apartment probably doesn’t look like home sweet home while it’s cluttered in packing boxes. Given that 35.5 million Americans move every year, you’re not alone.
It’s time to ditch the boxes and settle in! With these 10 tips, you can make your new apartment feel like home in no time.
Start unpacking and getting comfy with this new apartment checklist.
1. Deep Clean
Before you tear open those boxes, let’s give your new apartment a deep clean.
Grab some rags, disinfectant, and give your new home a fresh start. While cleaning away all signs of previous tenants, this is also a chance for you to explore your new place.
Once it becomes more familiar, the apartment will start to really feel like home.
2. Let There Be Light
Inadequate lighting can make any space feel drab and off-putting. Instead of leaving the lighting as-is, pull open the blinds.
Add a few light fixtures as needed to improve the space. This can make your new apartment feel more intimate. You can also use lighting to define specific areas, such as a reading nook or workspace.
3. Color the Walls
If your lease allows it, give those walls a splash of color.
Painting the apartment walls is a cheap, fun way to make a rented space feel like home. Use your favorite color, paint a mural, or add photos. That way, you’re adding a personal touch while giving your new apartment some eye-catching color, too.
4. Warm & Fuzzy Furnishings
Plastic, temporary furniture will make your apartment feel temporary. Instead of fold-up chairs, hit a thrift store and find a comfy couch.
The right furniture can make your new apartment feel cozy and homey and, most importantly, yours.
5. Get a Signature Scent
We often tie scents to memories. To make your apartment feel like home, add a signature scent. A distinct candle or incense can make your space feel cozy and cohesive.
6. Make a Meal
If you want, unpack the kitchen first.
Making a meal can bring everyone together to bond in your new home.
7. Get Sentimental
Next on the new apartment checklist: sentimental items. Heirlooms, throw blankets, and knick-knacks make apartments homey and individual.
8. Privacy Protection
Instead of bare windows, add some curtains. This can make the space feel cozy and private.
Sheer curtains are great for letting the natural light in, too.
Eliminating clutter could eliminate 40 percent of the time you spend cleaning. Needing to clean less often means less stress, so you can enjoy more time relaxing in your new home!
Once you unpack, get rid of the extra junk.
Focus on what makes your home feel homey (instead of cramming the shelves with belongings).
10. Frame It Right
Don’t forget your favorite photos! Add a few pictures to the fridge, walls, or shelves can add that personal touch you might be missing.
Where the Heart Is: Make a New Apartment Feel Like Home
With these 10 tips, you can make any new apartment feel like home. Adding these personal touches can make all the difference!
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