#1 Arrange Your Space Like Home
Even if your new home is smaller, you can still mirror the layout of your current home so it feels familiar from day one. Choose your favorite pieces of furniture to bring along with you, and set them up in your senior apartment similarly as they were before. For example, put your nightstand on the same side of the bed, or situate the couch and chair as they were at your previous home. You can do this with decor as well, putting artwork in similar places.
#2 Mix the Old With the New
Having the same furniture and decorations will bring a homey feeling, but it’s also fun to pepper in some new items. Use your move as an excuse to play the role of interior decorator, updating outdated décor or just adding in some new items to give your place a fresher feel. Donning your senior apartment with sentimental items, beloved artwork, and comfy furniture will make it feel familiar, while new additions like artwork, a plush comforter, or a modern coffee table can add a vibrant vibe, in the same spirit as this new chapter in your life.
#3 Have Fun With Photos
Photos of family and friends are a great way to make your new home feel welcoming. If you already have framed photos, be sure to include them, or go through old photo books and frame some new ones. Make a collage of photos, or purchase a digital photo frame, which can rotate hundreds of photos automatically. Drop a hint to your kids or grandkids that this would make a perfect housewarming gift.
#4 Think Green
Houseplants add color and life to your space. They’re also good for your health. Studies show that houseplants can help purify the air in your home, boost your mood, lower blood pressure and anxiety, and give you a sense of accomplishment when you tend to them. Purchase some plants or pot some of your own for a fun project.
#5 Give Yourself a Housewarming Gift
Even positive changes can be stressful, and moving isn’t likely at the top of your list of things you love to do. Reward yourself for making this transition by buying something that will bring you joy. Whether that’s a piece of new furniture or decor, a nice bottle of wine, or some decadent chocolate -- be kind to yourself with a special indulgence. You deserve it.
#6 Create a Gratitude Board
It’s normal for thoughts to center around what you’ve left behind during a big change. The truth is that in time you’ll likely find the gains of this transition either balance or outweigh the losses. In the meantime, attention to positive aspects can keep you from getting stuck in a negative cycle of thoughts. Research links gratitude to better health, resilience, good mood, and fulfilling relationships.
Buy a whiteboard or put on your crafting hat and create something more unique. Put your gratitude board in a place where you’ll see it frequently. Every day, add something positive that came with this move. For instance, maybe you have more time to focus on hobbies since daily details like cooking, cleaning, and maintenance are all taken care of. Perhaps you’re experiencing more peace of mind living in a safe, supportive community where neighbors and staff are always looking out for you. It doesn’t have to be huge. Gratitude can be as small as feeling thankful for the view of the flower garden outside your window.
#7 Connect With Others
What really makes a house feel like home is an array of experiences and memories with others. Our residents love meeting new people. Most Holiday Retirement residents say their neighbors become like family members. Your neighbors are great people to count on for a laugh, or to lend a hand when you need one. When you see someone, stop to introduce yourself.
Check your community's event calendar for activities and fun ways to make friends like bean bag baseball, happy hour, and chair yoga. Join a walking club or take part in fitness classes.
Don’t forget about your resident ambassadors. They’re here to help you, and enjoy introducing new residents to others, making them feel welcome during meal times, and showing them around the senior living community. They can answer all of your questions, and they’re always up for a chat.
Let Us Help You Plan Your Move
We’re here to help you figure out all the details and make your move as smooth as possible. Our staff can help you with checklists, floorplans, and other logistics. We can connect you with a moving company for seniors that will coordinate the entire move with our community, pack your items, move them, and upack them at your new home.
This is a big change, but it’s also an exciting one. We’ll help you see that, and embrace it. Before you know it, you’ll be enjoying a supportive community of friends and staff that feel like family as well as plenty of amenities and activities -- any packing and organizing stress will be a distant memory. Contact us to see how we can help.
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