We’re Not Going To Be Here For Long, So Why Bother?
How To Make Your House A Home With Each Move
Establish an unpacking routine
My girls know our routine. We have unpacked our household goods in the same manner each and every time we move. The kitchen is where I start, they are responsible for unpacking their bedrooms. Having their bedrooms somewhat put together by the end of day one helps relief their stress of moving again. When my kids are happy, Mama’s happy!
Our routine helps us get more things accomplished in a shorter amount of time. We have found that our children settle into our new home quicker when they have their bedrooms set up with their own belongings.
Having my kitchen put together is my first priority because I’m a southern girl and southern hospitality is my thing. When you feel at home, you feel comfortable with rummaging through the kitchen and making your self at home.
Start A Tradition That Immediately Makes Your House A Home
I have used vanilla scented plugins for years. It’s a scent my husband loves so it has become my “go to scent”. Vanilla has become a comforting smell for us and it identifies the smell of our home.
I always make sure my plugins are packed with my kitchen supplies. I generally buy new refills to have when I get to my next home. My girls will usually comment about it smelling like home now. That’s when I know that we are settling in and feeling at home!
Some of my friends bake cookies or cook a particular meal the first day of unpacking. Some find that hanging family photos first makes their new house their home.
Tip: my girls would love to walk into our home while David was deployed, the vanilla scent would make us think of him.
Maintain a “Normal” Schedule During Moving
Moving with younger children is very stressful. Young children don’t really understand what is going on and moving is just a world of chaos for them. If your children get a bath before bedtime, continue that same routine.