Man lying on floor in airport departure lounge

Moving abroad? Here’s how you can make it feel more like home

Moving abroad or owning a second home abroad comes with many challenges, one of which is making your new house feel like home. Not only are you moving to a new house you’re also moving into a new culture, but the destination and a lot is also going to be different and fell different. This is when homesickness normally strikes meaning it is really important to get your new house feeling like home. 

Image by Thanks for your Like • donations welcome from Pixabay 

Nobody wants to move and feel insecure, homesick and not comfortable and making your house feel more like home can help with all of these. Have a look below at some of the easy things you can do to help make your new house feel like home:

Change The Decor

Decorating is one of the quickest ways to add your own stamp on to a new home. It’s very rare to come across of property that you’ve moved into that is already exactly to your tastes and preferences. Unless you opt to buy a brand new home where you get to pick and choose things such as the kitchen, chances are there are a fair few things you would alter in order to feel at home. This can lead to homesickness quickly and sometimes mean that you feel a little lost in your new place. When you’ve moved abroad it’s even more essential to get the homely feeling, of course after a large move it’s not always possible to decorate everything and everywhere all at once so try focusing on one main area, or maybe just consider adding a fresh coat of paint to some of the walls. 

Get Your belongings Sooner Rather Than Later

When moving abroad it’s not uncommon to use storage to keep your belongings safe while you transition to the new location. The sooner you can get some familiar items and belongings into your new home the better it will help to create a familiar homely feeling. It’s particularly important if you are moving with children, as having familiar items in their room can help to alleviate homesickness. If you’re moving to start completely fresh, it could be a good idea to create some wall art with family pictures and places that remind you of home. 

Familiar Smells

Everyone has a smell or several smells that remind them of certain people, places, pets and even homes. This means it is a great tool for making a move to a new house easier and more homely. You could try cooking a favourite meal, lighting a candle that reminds you of your old home, or even buy some plants that make your home smell like your moms. Smells are one of the most common ways that people and pets feel settled so if you do move with he family pet, taking a blanket that smells like your old house could help with them settling. 

Do you have any other ways that you can make a move to a new home abroad easier and less stressful? Please share your thoughts and experiences in the comments section below. 

Comments are closed.