Settling in After a Long Move

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A long move takes a lot of energy to complete. That’s why it’s important to savor the moment you finally arrive at your destination. It may take weeks for you to completely settle in, but for the time being, you can do some things to make your new place as comfortable as possible.


The following list of suggestions helps you make a new apartment or house feel like home. The tips you read here maximize comfort, so you can truly enjoy the fruits of your labors. They also allow you to create a system that works well for you while you sort through your belongings and find the items respective places inside your home.


Now that you’re moved in, what happens next? These action steps help accelerate the process of settling in. In order of importance, you should:


  1. Make sure all utilities have been shut off at the old residence and are turned on in your name at the new residence. Turn on light switches, run water through the faucets, and set the thermostat to a comfortable temperature to see if it turns on. If the utilities have not been turned on at your new home, contact the utility company right away as it will affect your level of comfort.
  2. Bring in the items that you considered must-haves from your vehicle. Things such as bedding, towels, toiletries, medications, clothing to wear to school or work, and pet supplies are among some of the items you will want to have access to the first night. Basic kitchen utensils such as a pot or pan, wooden or plastic spoon to stir with, heat and serve foods, a can opener, dish soap, and throwaway plates, cups, and cutlery make it possible for you to enjoy your first meal in the new place with greater ease.
  3. Schedule enough time between obligations, so you have a chance to unpack. If you’re relocating to a new city because of a job, give yourself a few days to get things sorted out. That way, your nerves aren’t frazzled because you want to have your house in order but you’re too tired to unpack anything. Apply this logic to everyone in your family, especially kids. They need time to get used to their surroundings before plunging them into another new setting. Helping the children get their rooms in order returns normalcy to their lives following a long move.

Settle into a new home with greater ease. After finally arriving at your destination, you’ll need time to rest and recover. You’ll be able to do so more comfortably knowing that you have plenty of time to get organized and have your inventory list to refer to in order to make sure nothing is missing.

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