Moving house is part of expat life, whether its to move abroad, or because your landlord decides to sell. No matter how many times we do it, the chances are there will be some tears, and a lot of stress. But once you are all in - here's our top tips on creating your home.
1. Memories are important, the physical objects not so much.
There are a few items we will always pack with us where ever we move. Our dinning room table is the most important. This is where we have had our most precious family time, when we are sat around together, thats home for us.
Maybe you love your gardening tools, or your kids boots and umbrellas, make a feature of them, by adding a beautiful coat rack or hat stand in your entrance, so the whole family see them whenever they come in.
- What objects do you have that bring this same sense of home? Maybe is a cuckoo clock, particular children’s books?
2. Display your Memories, asap
You will be amazed how quickly a building becomes yours once your artwork, and photo’s are on the walls. Get them up asap, you can always move them around later.
3. Re-create your routines / habits
If you have your medicine’s in the same cupboard as your linen, and lightbulbs then recreate that in your new home. Try to keep similar things together, if you don’t have a shoe cupboard now, then make a similar cupboard in another room, containing the same items that used to be in your hallway.
If you are always loosing your keys and wallet, create a space for them as soon as you come through the door, a tray or small box works perfectly.
4. Get Inspired, search on Instagram, Pinterest, magazines, hotels, lodges.......
Get inspired by the local design and architecture. There are so many beautiful images online now, you can see how to make the best of your new home. For example in South Africa, you will spend most of your time outside and entertaining, so you will want to have nice patio furniture, whereas if you are living in Tokyo, you will want clever storage solutions.
5. Go "local"
Whilst I am a big fan of decluttering, buying a local piece of art, or homeware is such a lovely way to remind you of your previous homes and experiences. I still spend hours wondering through antique shops and interior design outlets, learning about particular features of african design.
6. Buy flowers
A bunch of fresh flowers, whether picked from the garden or brought from the florist just brings a smile to my face every time.
For more inspiration and interior design tips - come join us on 25th at our next Translating Joburg Interior Design event. Not in Joburg - no worries we will be sharing all our tips on Instagram stories - so come say hi, and ask your questions.