No matter how excited you are to move into your new place, your first few weeks will probably feel foreign and, well, a little weird. Celebrating a birthday, planting a garden, or decorating for the holidays will help that “new-house feeling” fade, but waiting for a milestone requires a little too much patience. Here’s how you can feel settled and happy — even while you’re living among boxes.
1. Start with the closet.
“I believe in living well from the moment you move in,” says interior designer Nate Berkus. “Most people start unpacking the common spaces first, but I focus my efforts on my closet because Monday’s are hard enough without having to search for your favorite sweater.”
2. Prioritize the kids’ rooms.
“My son is a collector of previously owned things and especially loves his large assortment of snow globes,” says Nicole Curtis, host of Rehab Addict on HGTV. “I always hand-carry the box of globes with us and then ask the movers to focus on his room first. He will spend the afternoon unpacking his collections and even though the rest of house is in shambles, he’ll be happy and that’s all that matters.”