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23 Ways To Make Your New Place Feel Like Home

Because it's hard to feel settled when you're surrounded by boxes and can't get to your couch or clean underwear.

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4. Get the bathroom set up.

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Nothing says "new apartment" like a curtainless shower, so hang one up ASAP. Then stock the bathroom with towels, a bath mat, hand soap, body wash, and toilet paper.

5. Help your pets get settled.

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Put out their water/food, and set up their beds. If you have a dog, take them on a walk or to a nearby park so they can get to know your neighborhood too.

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9. Go to the grocery store and stock up on the essentials.

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Having staples like ketchup, mustard, peanut butter, milk, cereal, and salt and pepper will help you shake off that sad empty-fridge feeling. (And it'll make all the takeout you're ordering taste that much better!)

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12. Pick one room and prioritize making it completely cozy.

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Choose the living room or a bedroom, clear it of all boxes, set up the furniture, and add lots of pillows and blankets; it's good to have a safe place when the rest of your house is a disaster. (h/t Orlando Sentinel)

13. If you're moving in to your partner's place, do a little redecorating together.

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Rearranging the furniture, picking out new paint colors, or choosing a new couch together will make the place feel more "ours" and less "his" or "hers."

16. If you're allowed to paint the walls, go for it.

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Even just painting one wall will make the space feel different. (Bonus: It's a good way to chase out that "someone else's house" smell.)

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18. Introduce yourself to your neighbors.

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Not only is it nice, but it helps relieve those "But what if I die alone in my apartment and no one finds me so my cat ends up eating me?" fears.

23. Actually spend time there.

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If you're never around, your place won't feel like a home at all. So make a point to cook at home a few nights a week, read on your patio, or spend regular Lazy Sundays in bed. The more time you spend actually using your place, the more it'll feel like yours.

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