Moving into a new space is always a bit stressful, and moving to a new-to-you city or neighbourhood just adds to the stress. If you’re feeling out of your element, here are some tips for making a home for yourself in a new-to-you space and place.
Unpack right away
To take the edge off the newness of your space, we recommend unpacking your belongings right away. Give all your things a designated new home in your space. The more you unpack, the more those familiar items will make you feel safe and at home. Plus setting everything up in its rightful place will make you feel more in control of the situation. Read this to learn how to unpack more efficiently.
Add personal touches
Your space should reflect you. If you moved with just the bare essentials, it might be time to personalize your space with little knickknacks and items that you love. This could be something as little as a fridge magnet or as big as a print of your favourite piece of art. Ultimately you want to insert visual reminders that this is your home.
Put on some music or sounds that you like
You use more than just your sense of sight to experience a new space. Sound plays a big role in it too. Your new space and neighbourhood is no doubt filled with new-to-you sounds. If it’s making you anxious, put on some of your favourite tunes, a podcast you love or a noise machine if you use one. Familiar sounds might put you more at ease.
Cook something you love
Cooking for yourself is intimate and comforting — especially in a new-to-you space. Just like our point about sound above, smell is a very important sense. When you cook something you love, your new home will be flooded with familiar aromas that will make you feel more relaxed and at home.
Take a walk
If you’re in a new-to-you neighbourhood, it’s time to familiarize yourself with it. The best way to get to know a place is to explore it on foot. Put on a pair of comfy walking shoes and hit the streets! It’s wise to have Google Maps on your phone when you do so so that you can find your way back home in a pinch. While you’re out, take note of nearby landmarks you’ll want to revisit like grocery stores, restaurants, cafes, boutiques, public transportation stops and stations, and entertainment venues.
Take a tour
If you’ve relocated to a new town or city, not knowing your way around can feel pretty alienating and intimidating. A great way to resolve your uncertainty is to take a tour or two. If your new home is walkable, a walking tour will give you the most intimate perspective. If you’ve moved to a big city, bus tours are a great way to get the gist in a hurry.
We hope these tips help you settle into a new space and/or place! If you’re new to Sudbury and want to get to know the area better, visit this website to download a helpful visitor’s guide and discover local events happening in town.