How to Make Your Travel Housing Feel More Like Home

September 15 / Posted by Christi Hintz

Sometimes it can be hard to feel at home in a new place while on assignment. Bringing a bit of home into your new living place can go a long way in helping you to relax and enjoy yourself when you get off work. You don’t have to bring your entire home with you on assignment to do this, either. Little changes here and there can make a new space feel more you, and can help you settle into your assignment a little faster. Here are some tips on how to do just that.


Temporary Wall Decor

If you’re in an apartment that doesn’t allow you to damage the walls, consider some of the safe options for hanging your posters, pictures, and other wall decor. Wall putty is available that leaves no trace behind once you remove it. 3M Command strips and hooks are also a great option, and give you strong hold and flexibility.


Some decor is meant to be temporary. Stick on wall decals can be used and removed at the end of your assignment. This can be a great way to add some accents to your walls or to display a meaningful quote. You can find them pre made, or some companies will design them for you.


If you have a couple of wall decoration items that you really like, you can bring them from home. Alternatively, finding some pretty pictures at a thrift store, craft store, or home decor store can be a great way to just warm up the feel of your home for the period of time that you’re living there. If you don’t feel like traveling with them, you can donate them or pass them along before you leave.  


Figure Out the Best Way to Use Your Space

Once you arrive, make sure you take some time to figure out where everything you have goes. If you leave some items without a place to go, you’ll find that it’s harder to keep your new place clean. A clean home is a more inviting place!


Bring Your Favorite Bedding

The place you lay your head is your sanctuary, and a good bedding set can make your nights all the more comfortable and relaxing. Bring your favorite pillow, blanket, and bed sheets with you to create a place where you can go to relax at the end of a hard day.


Bring the Inside Outside

If you enjoy flowers (and aren’t allergic to them), bringing a little bit of mother nature into your home can brighten any room up. Find plants or blooms in colors that make you happy and place them on the table, countertop, or next to your bed for an instant mood boost.


Buy a Candle or Other Home Fragrance

Smell has a powerful effect on our emotions, and the right smells can take us right back home. Whether it’s a festive smell around the holidays or just a nice floral scent, engulfing yourself in a pleasant scent can make your home feel more inviting. Purchase a candle, room spray, or other home fragrance product and use them up before you leave to save on packing room.


Sentimental Items

If you can, bring a few small sentimental items with you on assignment. These can be pictures of your friends or family, souvenirs from your travels, or anything else that is meaningful to you. A few well placed objects can remind you of home and make you feel more comfortable in your new place.

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