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4 Ways To Make Your New House Feel Like Home

4 Ways To Make Your New House Feel Like Home

Moving to new places and learning more about yourself is tons of fun, but sometimes it can feel a bit strange living in an unfamiliar location.

It may take a while to become acclimated to your new house, especially if you’re renting. It isn’t easy to see an apartment as home at first if you only plan on living there for a couple of years.

But it doesn’t matter how long we plan to live somewhere; what matters is how we perceive our home. If you see your house in a negative light, you’re not allowing yourself the chance to be happy there. It’s all about perception. Learn the four ways to make your new house feel like home.

Meet Your Neighbors

Going out and meeting your neighbors will help you to adjust to your new environment. You’ll not only make new friends, but you’ll also learn how to get to know your neighborhood directly from the locals.

A great way to make your new house more familiar is by taking a walk around the neighborhood and introducing yourself to your new neighbors to initiate a friendship. Breaking out of your comfort zone and starting a conversation will help you feel more welcomed and comfortable in your new home.

Adopt a Pet

Pets add extra love and snuggles to your home, which can help you feel more relaxed.

These sweet friends help us heal, especially when we’re anxious or weary. Visit your local shelter to adopt your furry companion. Chances are, as you try to help them become comfortable in their new home, you’ll start to feel more content with your surroundings too.

Your new house will feel like home if you already have a pet because home is where the heart is!

Improve Your Lighting

Fluorescent lighting can be helpful in some cases, but this type of lighting can make the whole space feel uninviting and eerie when one is in a new place.

Every morning, open your windows to let the sun shine in your home. Exposure to sunlight releases the serotonin hormone in our brains. In addition, hanging up string lights can add more warmth to your home by giving the room a soft, comfy glow.

Hang Up Pictures of Family & Friends

A great way to instantly make your space feel familiar is by hanging up photos of all your loved ones. Seeing your family and friends’ faces will help you relax and maybe even encourage you to give them a call. Leaning on your support system is okay and will help you to feel closer to home.

Now that you’re in your new space, give yourself time to get used to your surroundings and be patient. It can be a long process, but it’ll be worth it when you invite your friends over and say, “welcome to my home!”

Whenever you feel a little lost, remember that only you can make your new house feel like home. If you’re happy where you are, that’s all that matters.

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Karen LeBlanc

Karen LeBlanc is a freelance writer living in Orlando, Florida with many published bylines in magazines, newspapers, and multimedia sites. As a professional lifestyle writer, Karen specializes in art, architecture, design, home interiors and personality profiles. Karen is the writer, producer and host of the streaming series, The Design Tourist ( that brings viewers a global dose of design inspiration with episodes featuring the latest looks and trends from the world’s premiere design events and shows. She also publishes a quarterly magazine on design travel that you can read by clicking the link: Her journalism background includes seven years on-air experience as a TV news reporter and anchor covering a range of issues from education to politics. Her educational credentials include a Master of Arts in Mass Communications from Northeast Louisiana University and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Louisiana State University. Throughout her career, Karen has written and produced dozens of documentaries and videos for educational, commercial, corporate, and governmental clients and appeared in many TV and video productions as a professional host.

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Karen LeBlanc

Karen LeBlanc is a travel host and writer with a popular travel show, The Design Tourist, and a companion lifestyle blog. As a widely published travel journalist and content creator, Karen is a member of the North American Travel Journalists Association. She also serves as the Design and Travel editor of the national lifestyle magazine, LaPalme. Karen believes that every destination has a story to tell through its local art, architecture, culture, and craft. This immersive creative exploration begins with authentic accommodations where the narrative of place unfolds through art, accessories, accouterments, furnishings, fixtures, and food. 

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