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

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!)


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

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.)

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.

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.