Home and holidays go hand in hand, but what if you’re in temporary housing? Whether you’re in a hotel or rental, it’s just not home. I’ve always thought of this and empathized with the families that we place and often question, “what makes a home?” To me, a home is somewhere that I feel comfortable, safe, and I’ve added my own personal touches. With the holidays quickly approaching, I thought I would share ideas on how to make your temporary place feel cozier.
1. Unpack and organize. There is nothing that says “temporary” like living out of a suitcase. Organize your things in a way that feels natural and comfortable to you, and consider re-organizing the housewares you were provided in the way that you would at home. Change that so you don’t spend each morning opening the wrong cabinet first.
2. Decorate. Hang pictures or artwork that you like by using adhesive hooks to avoid putting holes in the wall. Wall decals are easy to take off without peeling off any paint and can be an inexpensive way to add décor.
3. Smell. Bringing or buying candles or room deodorizers that you use at home can make you feel like you are there instantly.
4. Company. Just because you’re not in your home shouldn’t stop you from having friends and family over. Treat your stay just as you would if you were home.
5. Introduce yourself. If you are used to knowing your neighbors at home, it can feel isolated when you get to your new apartment. Take the time to introduce yourself to your new neighbors in order to make yourself feel like you are a local. Doing so can also make you feel safer.