Friday, 1 February 2013

Now to Settle In

Now to settle in to our new house.

I think we are at that settling in phase now in the house.

We have had all our 'firsts'

Like our the first unlocking of the front door
Our first walk with the dog

We even had our first mouse (sadly Hector is no longer with us!),  then my first cold shower & I've already managed my first night on my own.

You get the picture we're past that stage, now just trying to settle in. I am desperately trying to find a new routine, get some normality back.  I find routine really helps me feel in control & on top of my mood.

Still feel a bit up in the air, with new furniture coming & rooms still not finished as a result.  I've unpacked, I've got things in the 'right' place, I've started decorating & making the place ours but what next?

Where do you start to build a new routine in a new house?
What it is that makes you feel settled, comfortable in your house?- any ideas will be gratefully received!

I looked & used checklists for moving so off to google I headed.  I've not only moved house, I've moved area.  So I have found a few ideas to get me settling in to a new town.

1.  Be a tourist - I am going to make a list of the things in our area you can get up to & get together with Mr Brown to plan some outings.  This is set out a plan for my days off (I like plans!) & will be a fun way to get to know the area.  I am going to start with at the local inn I noticed lots of leaflets for tourists that should be a good place to start!

2.  I'm going to get myself a local paper.  Why didn't I think of this?! Such an easy way to get to know the local goings on.  Ok I'm not sure what day it comes out or what it's called but I'm sure hubby will help by enquiring at the shop.

3. Check out the village hall - I think I know where this, I also think they have a Scottish Women's Rural Institute (the Rural) - a group of women who get together for classes & demonstrations in cooking, crafts, homemaking & keeping up Scottish traditions.  My gran & older aunts have been members in their communities.  I'll see if I can pluck up the courage to go!

That should be enough to keep me going & get me settled in.

Wish me luck.

Love Mrs Brown xx

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  1. It sounds like you have some good ideas to get yourself out and about in your new area. I think being a tourist is a great way to get to know places you live in.
    I'm glad to hear you are starting to get things sorted in your new home. There is something about a smell of a house that helps me to feel settled in, I know that may sound a bit odd, but for the first few day of my new flat it didn't smell like our flat and I didn't like that, it still smelt of the people before us, so we lit our favourite candles and let our washing dry on the radiators and now it's all our scents and it makes me feel more comfortable.

    1. Great idea thanks I'll get my candles going & try get "our" scents in the house.

  2. I love your ideas for getting settled in. I work for our local paper, so I'm especially enthusiastic about reading the local paper to find out about the locals! :-)

    It takes me a while to settle into a new place. I have to almost "mourn" the loss of the old place and accept the new place as home. But in time, the settling in always happens.

    1. Thanks, I am keen to support local services so I'll be picking up my local paper each week. I'm sure I'll settle in soon, just impatient!

  3. Good luck feeling completely settled in. I agree with Rebecca and Tina. Scents have a lot to do with it, and even the look of the new place makes a big difference. Hang up artwork, use your favourite throw pillows and use the things you have that brought you comfort in your own place to help make the new one feel more like home.

    1. Thanks! We have our artwork up & it makes a big difference, think I'm just being impatient we are waiting on furniture & decorating but I just want it to be done! I have TV now tho so that's helping to keep me distracted.

  4. I love the view you have while walking your dog! Congratulations on your new house!

    1. Thank you I am very lucky, we are in a lovely area. Bailey is loving his new walks.