Each year, about  35.5 million Americans pack their bags and move. Most people move to a different house in their neighborhood or county, but for those that are moving to an unfamiliar area, it can take some time to get adjusted to your new environment. Getting adjusted to your new home and hometown is an essential step to feeling more comfortable with this significant change in your life.

Here are five steps to take to help you get adjusted after you make your big move.

Step 1: Make Your House Feel Like A Home
Moving to a new location can be hard enough, but it’s even harder when the one place you can come back to doesn’t feel like home. If you’re not fond of your new hometown and know it’s not going to be your forever home, it can sometimes be challenging to feel as if you want to put in the effort to make it look put together. However, even if this move is temporary, you’re never going to feel comfortable in your new hometown if the only place you have to retreat to doesn’t make you feel relaxed! Display photos of your friends and family, decorate your walls and have fun making your new house the way you want it to make it feel like home.

Step 2: Figure Out Your Routes
When you first move, it often takes a while to figure out where you’re going. Spend some time mapping out your routes to the main places you’ll be going to, such as work, the grocery store, gym, gas station, etc. and try to memorize those routes sooner rather than later. You will not only have a better understanding of how to get around your neighborhood or town, but you might feel less like a tourist and more like a resident.

Step 3: Find Your “Third” Space
The two spaces that you see most often are your home and your workplace.  A great way to start feeling connected and involved in your new community is by finding your third space. Your third space should be somewhere that you frequent and feel comfortable going to when you don’t want to spend time at home or work. This type of place could be anything from your favorite coffee shop, a game or book store, your local church, or even the gym. Your third space can be a great spot for making new friends with common interests in your new hometown.

Step 4: Push Yourself Outside of Your Comfort Zone
Get adjusted to your new town by seeing all that it has to offer. Do the touristy things and try joining a club or going to a meetup. Say “yes” when your potential new friends ask you to hang out. Making new friends and being social will get you more involved and invested in the community.

Step 5: Give Yourself Time and Be Patient
While these steps can help you adjust to your new hometown, sometimes it just takes time. Be patient with yourself as you start to develop new routines and make new friends. Soon enough, you’ll be happy to call your new hometown, home.

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