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How to Make a New House Feel Like Home

Moving during the spring or summer is exciting because the weather is nice and the days are long. Yet even with optimal conditions, unpacking and redecorating can feel overwhelming.

If you’re getting ready to move (or, if you recently moved and are currently sitting amid a pile of moving boxes with delivery pizza on the floor), be assured that decorating a new home with style and substance doesn’t have to be difficult. Here are a few things to consider as you settle into your new space.

Clean Before You Unpack
It’s easier to clean before furniture is in place, so make sure to have cleaning supplies handy. A professional cleaning service is a good investment, but if that’s not part of your moving plan, you’ll want to clean every room before you settle in.

Start Small
When you’re decorating a house from the ground up, you want to feel a sense of accomplishment as you go. To achieve this, the best thing you can do for yourself is to start small. For example, complete one of the bathrooms or closets first. Because these spaces are used on a daily basis, you’ll feel more comfortable once they’re done.

a beautiful master bedroom with cream colored walls and a cream comforter on the bed
Pella® Architect Series® Casement and Fixed Windows

Make the Bed
Nothing says home like clean sheets and a freshly made bed. Before you go to sleep on the first night, make sure you get your bed set up. Even if there’s nothing else in the room, that’s all you need for now.

Focus on Favorites
While unpacking, bust out the Bluetooth speakers and play some of your favorite tunes. With each box you unpack, take a moment to enjoy the music and celebrate new beginnings. 

If you have a favorite piece of art or family photo, pull it out and find a place for it before you hang anything else. And be sure to wear your favorite comfy clothes as you unpack. Don’t worry about looking put together – just focus on having fun and being in the moment.

A bright yellow door showcases this home
Pella® Architect Series® Plank Craftsman Light Entry Door in Animated Yellow

Give Your Front Door a Fresh Look
Greet guests by hanging a seasonal wreath, welcome sign or monogram on your front door. For a completely new front door look, consider a replacement door featuring one of the colors from Pella’s Vibrancy Collection.

Treat Yourself
Whether it's fresh flowers, scented candles or a few cupcakes, every new home warrants a few indulgences. Take a break from unpacking and stop by your local florist for some seasonal blooms. While you’re out and about, grab a sweet treat from the bakery to celebrate too.

Invite Friends Over
While it can be tempting to put off entertaining before you have everything put away, consider inviting friends over to relax and enjoy your new space with you. Sitting on the floor and eating takeout might not seem glamorous, but it’s a great way to make new memories and bring community into an unfamiliar space.

This article was written by

Nicolle Picray, Content Marketing & Social Media, Pella Windows & Doors

A self-proclaimed Social Media Geek and DIY aficionado, Nicolle is a member of the Pella Marketing team, focused on content creation and curation. In her free time she can be found pillaging thrift shops for furniture projects, attempting to rationalize with her 4 year old daughter, and editing her husband’s honey-do list.

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