Some Things Need to Go
Realize that some things you moved to your new home will not work. Sometimes you won’t realize this until after you have moved. Decide what furnishings need to go. You do not want to overcrowd your space: new home, new props. Don’t feel bad about letting the things go that don’t work in your new home!
Take Your Time When Deciding On New Furnishings
Don’t be in a big hurry to buy new items for your home. Keep a running list of things you have decided you need and do your research. Take your time so you will avoid buying mistakes. If you are dealing with a small space, think of minimal furnishings to create the illusion of more space. Avoid the “crammed in” look.
Keep A Serene Look
Continue to keep your horizontal surfaces clear, and all your regular housework caught up — like dishes and laundry. If you don’t you will feel more unsettled and stressed, and you don’t want that.
Plan Your Unpacking Time
Block out unpacking time and stick to your time. Set a timer and give yourself plenty of breaks. Remember not to overdo it. If you bite off more than you can chew, your home will be a disaster area, and you don’t want that.
Rearranging Can Wait
Rearranging closets can wait — in the beginning, just get the right items in the right closets and be willing to live with that for a while. Rearranging is the last of your priorities; outward serenity is your priority. Inward serenity will take some time. Accept this, and don’t overwhelm yourself. It takes six months to a year to settle into a new home. Finding new homes for all your possessions will take some time, and once you realize this, you will relax and give yourself some slack!