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How to Make Your New House Feel Like a Home Over the Holidays

A few simple tips to warm up your new space.

Let’s face it: moving is hard. Leaving somewhere you’ve lived for years can be as challenging mentally as it is physically. With every move, you leave behind familiarity, comfort, and memories you’ve created. Here are a few suggestions for making your new place feel as warm and cozy as your old one during the holiday season.

Hang Up Photos

If the holiday season brings up nostalgia, nothing will set the tone quite like pictures. Framed photos of happy memories, loved ones who have passed, and family portraits are just some ideas for what you can hang around the house. A large picture of your family in the entrance or living room is also a nice touch. In addition, beloved family heirlooms or souvenirs from traveling can serve as a reminder of happy moments.

Buy Flowers

Flowers and potted plants can (literally) bring life to otherwise plain spaces. Whether you decide to place some mums on the front porch for Thanksgiving, put a festive wreath on the door for the holidays, or even add some poinsettias to the dining room table, small floral touches are guaranteed to make your new place feel colorful, warm and welcoming.

Add Festive Details Inside and Out

You probably already have ideas in your head of what a beautiful home looks like during the holiday season. Now is your chance to be creative. Whether that means busting out the twinkly Christmas lights, placing candles in the windows, adding pine cones and ribbons over doorways, or even just installing a fun inflatable in your front yard, this is your chance to go all out and make your home yours.

Host a Holiday Party

The best way to feel attachment to your new home is to create happy, new memories there. One way to do that is by offering to host a holiday party. Using the kitchen to cook and bake will give you a chance to really get to know your place; inviting family and friends to visit will instantly make your home feel lively and fun. Crack open a bottle of wine, serve your favorite meal, and enjoy the company of loved ones in a new place: your home!


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Raquel Guarino

Raquel Guarino is a writer for Realty.com and Help.com. She currently lives in Austin, Texas.

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