Our living spaces are a source of solace we work hard to maintain. No matter our career or special interests, we all want our homes to reflect our personalities and goals. If you’re looking for ways to make your apartment feel like home, here are some ideas.
Clean your apartment
Deep cleaning is essential to getting to know your apartment for what it is without any influence or decoration. A thorough cleaning is the first step in the bonding process that gets you invested emotionally in your new space. Get to know the quirks and inconsistencies in your floors or walls as you cleanse your new apartment of the grime left behind by previous tenants. A clean living space can be relaxing if you’re prone to anxiety, so the effort spent cleaning is worth it.
Focus on literal and figurative comfort
Highlight the things you like about your space using furniture. Accentuate an asymmetrical apartment with interestingly shaped chairs or tables, or use sleek, simple furnishings to give a boxy apartment a post-modern feel. A feeling of safety is a prerequisite to feeling comfortable, so be sure to find curtains and blinds that protect your privacy with style. Invest in furniture pieces you plan to keep tomorrow to make your apartment more like home today.
Decorate in a way that reminds you of your loved ones and the things you love. Display your sentimental items proudly. Don’t wait to hang lights and the family photos, unbox your houseplants, or set up your sound system and music collection. Sentimentality and familiarity can bring a feeling of comfort, ease, and belonging in your space. Dim the lights to your favorite record, and remember that you keep home with you after seeing a family photo on the wall.
When you’re spending time at home, there’s always something to be done. Whether working, maintaining your space, or just relaxing, doing anything in your new apartment is a bonding experience.
Make sure your space is ergonomic and efficient so you can do as you please. If you’re working from home, light your space to compliment your work. If you’re a hobbyist, keep yourself motivated with a workspace that’s ready with tools and supplies. Celebrate your relocation with a housewarming party. A little mess will confirm someone is living here.
Explore the area around your apartment
When you finish setting up, be sure to explore your new neighborhood. Acclimate yourself to your new environment by checking out shops and businesses in the area. Check around for a new favorite takeout food spot or scout nearby gym memberships. Take a drive, ride your bike, or go for a walk. Ground yourself in nature out in the country or inspire yourself in the constant motion of the city.
Look for hospitals, auto repair shops, grocery stores, and other necessary facilities while you’re out in case of a future emergency. Try to spend whole days away from your space so that you’ll experience greater feelings of gratitude when you get home to wind down for the evening.
How did you make your new apartment feel like home sweet home? Share your story in the comments!