While having access to temporary housing is a great perk on a travel assignment, making the space feel like home can be a challenge.
After all, you can’t bring all of your belongings with you, so finding ways to personalize the space for the duration of your stay doesn’t always seem easy.
Luckily, even a few small tweaks to the environment can make your temporary housing feel more comfortable, making your assignment more enjoyable. If you aren’t sure what you should do to make the space feel like home, here are some quick tips to get you started.
Look for “Disposable” Decorations
One of the biggest challenges, when you are in temporary housing, is finding a way to fill blank walls. Typically, you won’t have big art pieces and may be limited when it comes to using nails.
However, there are alternatives that can help you decorate a space quickly and cheaply. Plus, most will leave the walls undamaged, a critical point when you’re in temporary housing.
For example, you can head to a variety of local stores and find posters and inexpensive prints that make you happy. Then, use a product like Command Strips to hang them on the wall, allowing you to remove them later, damage-free. Plus, if you buy inexpensive posters, you can throw them out when you’re done.
Peel-off wall decals are also a great option. You can find a variety of designs available in most big box stores that offer home décor, letting you choose colors and styles that match your preferences.
If you want items you can place on tables or shelves, consider heading over to a thrift store. You can find inexpensive vases that can be filled with fresh or fabric flowers, injecting color into your space.
Bring the Right Items
While you can’t bring all of your stuff on an assignment, packing a few of your favorite things can help make your temporary housing feel like home. Grab a few photos of friends, family, and pets or select a few small baubles or trinkets to display on surfaces.
You can hang photos with Command strips or buy some magnets and keep them on the fridge. Small knickknacks can sit on any surface, including tables, shelves, and nightstands.
Don’t forget to pack a few comfort items as well. Consider bringing your favorite throw blanket and pillow, and purchase aromatherapy products in your favorite, familiar scents.
Once you introduce some of these items into the space and get a few things hung on the walls, your temporary housing will quickly become more comfortable, making it seem a lot more like home.
If you are interested in learning more about how to make the most of temporary housing or are seeking new travel assignment opportunities, the team at Cross Country Allied can help. Contact us to speak with one of our skilled staff members today and see how our services can make any travel assignment easier to manage.