If you’ve ever had to stay in corporate housing, you’ll understand the feeling of living in a temporary apartment or condo that simply doesn’t feel like home. While it’s better than staying in a hotel for an extended period of time, corporate housing can still feel very unfamiliar. And even if your corporate housing company makes your temporary home more comfortable with a cozy bed and nice sheets, it still won’t have that “at-home” feel. Here are some easy and affordable ways you can turn your temporary living situation into a home during your stay.
1. Fully unpack and settle in
Leaving your belongings closed up in a suitcase on the floor of your corporate living space doesn’t necessarily exude the essence of home. In order to really feel like you’re at home, your clothes and bathroom supplies should be in their natural spots. So, unpack those bags, put your belongings away, and settle into your home away from home.
2. Bring your own linens and towels
Although your corporate housing company will provide linens and towels, having your own sheets and towels can help you feel more pleasant in your temporary living situation. While the linens and towels provided by your corporate housing company are soft and of high quality, nothing will beat the comfort you find in your own sheets and towels.
3. Utilize that kitchen
Dining out daily and having a trash can full of empty fast food containers will only make you feel like you’re staying in a hotel. One of the benefits of using a corporate housing company as opposed to staying in a hotel is the full kitchen they provide you with. Using the kitchen in your temporary home will not only save you money on eating out every night, but will make you feel like you’re cooking up a meal just like you would do at home on any given night.
4. Bring friendly reminders of your home
Sometimes we miss the smallest things about our home when we’re away from it. Like having your favorite mug to enjoy your morning coffee in or putting on your most comfortable slippers. Having these items with you can help you feel like you’re at home, even when you’re miles and miles away. You can also give your temporary living space the essence of home with a familiar smelling candle or air freshener.
5. Keep your routine
Maintaining your usual routine can help make the transition of not being at home less uncomfortable. Having at least some consistency while you’re away will help you adjust to your new surroundings and feel more at home while you’re in a new place. And as you continue your normal routine, the feeling of being away from home will get easier.
6. Bring items that showcase your personality
Personalizing your temporary home with your favorite books, pictures, artwork, or even small nick nacks for display can help remind you of home. Having these familiar items around can alleviate the homesickness you might feel while being away. It can also take the corporate feel out of corporate housing. Having items around that reflect your personality will allow you to embrace your new digs and feel more comfortable during your extended stay.
And if you know you’re going to miss your loved ones back home, bring pictures of them with you. It’s nice to have a familiar face around in a strange place, even if it is only printed on paper.
7. Get a houseplant
Not only are houseplants a great way to add some life to a room and improve your air quality, but they can also have positive effects on your mind. Plants have been scientifically proven to reduce stress and anxiety and lift your mood. Placing a small or medium sized indoor plant on a table or countertop is easy and can add a personal touch to your new living space.
8. Get to know your surroundings
Exploring your new surroundings will not only give you something to do in your spare time, but it can also help you enjoy your temporary home. This can be especially important if you’re planning on relocating. Get to know the ins-and-outs of the city, find your new favorite restaurant, or just enjoy the adventure of a new place. Getting to experience the town around you can also make your extended stay more fun and seem less like a business trip.
Ask your corporate housing company of their favorite places or some fun things to do while you stay with them.
Stay With CHC- Your Reno Corporate Housing Company
Stay With CHC is a corporate housing company located in Reno, Nevada that is dedicated to providing comfortable living for temporary tenants. We understand that normal corporate housing can feel very, corporate. We strive to enhance your experience with us by offering luxury accommodations that will make you feel more at home during your extended stay. Connect with us to see how we can help make your extended stay more comfortable, and feel less corporate.