Make It Yours: Clean Your New Home

One way I best settle into a house after a move is by scrubbing it clean from head to toe. It's like a handshake with your new home...

The time it takes to deep clean when you move in is significant. It can be almost meditative, a chance to "get to know" the home. Close contact with every surface familiarizes you with the feel and temperament of each material throughout the house. Slowly, you begin to feel a greater sense of ownership in your new place.

On my recent move, I found myself eager to start this process of "getting to know" my new home. First stop: the cabinet door pictured up top. The streaks on the door were driving me nuts. Even though this door is far from priority number one, I set aside some time and cleaned it up this morning. Now, I know how to best clean the surface and the door is a little bit more of a familiar friend. Look for more very tiny steps toward making my new house into a home in the days and weeks to come.

Image: Regina Yunghans / Apartment Therapy

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and children in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.

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