How to Make a Temporary Space Feel Like Home

By Caryn Anderson

Dorothy said it best when she clicked her heels together and repeated, “There’s no place like home.” For people who are constantly on the move, achieving that feeling of being at home can be challenging. Whether you’re moving across the state or across the globe for a job transfer, long-term assignment, or some other life event, settling into a temporary apartment doesn’t have to leave you feeling like you’ve been uprooted. Follow these simple tips to create a homey, comfortable feeling no matter where you go.

Pack Up Special Mementos

Temporary furnishings and spaces — no matter how fabulous they are — lack the familiarity of home. One way to combat that is to bring a few key pieces of home with you. Even though you aren’t outfitting the whole space with your personal items, you should bring some familiar things with you. Nothing says “welcome home” like gazing at a piece of your favorite artwork, snuggling up in your choicest bedding, or sipping coffee from a best-loved mug.

Bring Your Favorite Photos

Even if you’re settling into your temporary space on your own, that doesn’t mean you can’t be surrounded by memories of your friends and family. When you’re packing for your interim move, bring some of your favorite photos. Once you start filling the blank walls with smiling, familiar faces, you’ll instantly start feeling more at home.

Get Cooking

The sounds of chopping and sizzling combined with the comforting scent of a home-cooked meal wafting through the air help you feel a lot more at ease. After moving into your non-permanent quarters, it can be tempting to go out to eat or order takeout every night. Cooking in your kitchen is a great way to settle into your space. It’s also a nice opportunity to invite your neighbors over to make new friendships — some of which may last long after your next move.

Make It Smell Like Home

Did you ever catch a whiff of a certain scent that brings memories flooding back to you? The sense of smell has an uncanny power to evoke emotional memories. Take advantage of that by bringing your favorite candle scent, incense, or potpourri with you to fill your temporary apartment with the feelings of home.

Temporary Furniture Rental

If you’ve ever moved for a job transfer or a long-term assignment, then you might have experienced furnished temporary apartments, which don’t offer you much leeway in personalizing the space. When your rooms are empty, you can arrange temporary furniture rental on your own, choosing exactly what fits your style. It offers the convenience of ordering online and prompt delivery with the added benefit of picking out the pieces that you like best for your new space.

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