Posted by Annette on June 8, 2014
If you're a location-independent type, you have a definition of home that changes every couple of months -- and that can wear you down, if you don't respect that your body, mind and heart need to feel that the place you're living is home.
Finding a place that fits counts for a lot, here, but it ain't everything. Here are my favorite tricks for making home-for-now into really feel like it. Fast.
Go out and buy a high-quality pillow. Budget-friendly digs usually have neck-kinker specials, so it's hardly an indulgence to make sure you have a pillow that gets you to dreamland smoothly.
I also carry a satin pillowcase (that my lingerie lives in during suitcase-time). Love it love it love it.
You're not going to have 'em in your luggage, so get to a store. Get a paring knife and a chef's knife (or get the ones in your home-for-now's kitchen freshly sharpened). Cooking with shitty knives sucks, and it'll make you dread the task, so do it within the first couple of days you're in town.
Pick up a pot right away and start to grow something. Herbs, flowers, a bonsai…anything. The planting will inject a little beauty, deliver a pearl of ownership and remind you of the time you have spent in the space. If you have a balcony, awesome -- but a sunny windowsill will do nicely.
If you don't have a sunny enough space to grow a single plant, that's a good reason to find another place. Stat.
Take out one single item you carry with you that reliably makes you smile. Give it pride-of-place in a spot you look at several times a day. It doesn't have to be obvious, like a framed photo -- it can be anything. A piece of jewelry, a crinkled-and-ironed-out hand drawing, a band t-shirt…just make sure it reminds you of your core desired feelings in this life.
Clear your schedule for the day you arrive. Sure, you have a lot of other things to do, but don't procrastinate: scrub your space. Take off the layer of dust, air out the linens, get the dust-bunnies out from under the bed, and put a shine on the desk where you're going to be spending a hefty chunk of your time. It'll take a couple of hours, but spending your first night in a white-glove-treatment-ready room delivers an immediate settled-in feeling.
Even if the place is pretty much sparkling when you arrive, a close-up look will help you notice details that will allow you to sort out issues early in your stay: a window that won't shut, a drippy faucet, etc. The sooner you can point these out to the owner, the more you can enjoy your short(ish) time in the space.