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4 Practical Tips for Halfway Homes

Your temporary home doesn’t have to be bare and uninviting


When people ask me where I live, I always end up giving two answers—Ortigas on weekdays and Alabang on weekends. Under different circumstances, many employees choose to rent a space near the office instead of going home every day. If you look at it, this seems practical—you get to save on transpo expenses and you get to relax and rest instead of going through hours of traffic. 

Even if these spaces are only temporary, we still need to give it a bit of an upgrade. Remember, a pretty and neat home can make you feel recharged, plus, you get to enjoy staying in it too. If you’re looking for ideas, interior designer Jean Suzanne Sy shares the following tips:

All photos from: My Scandinavian Home.

Limit your things 

More often than not, halfway homes are compact units that challenge the owners to make the most of the space. As much as possible, do not bring the things that you don't use or need every day. Since you’re there during weekdays, you need to pack smart. Do you really need to bring your entire wardrobe? How about your collectibles?

When it comes to clothes, bring only the necessary items and formal clothes for unexpected events. While we’d love to have a personalized space, you can limit your favorite things to at least two or three statement pieces. These can be placed in strategic spots like the entryway or living area.

Pick movable furniture

Choose pieces that you can bring with you no matter where you go. For storage, Suzanne suggests getting mobile pieces like an ottoman with wheels or a bar cart. These picks can help you maximize space as well as move from one place to another minus the stress.

Choose a sturdy sofa bed

Just like in any other home, we need to prioritize comfort and rest. If buying a new mattress is not an option, you can never go wrong with a quality sofa bed. This versatile piece is ideal for small spaces and you don’t have to worry about your limited floor area. If you need to make space for your other belongings or a simple get-together, you can easily move it to a corner or fold it up.

Add relaxing touches

Many of us can relate to this. The moment you step inside the home, there’s nothing more comforting than the feeling of a comfy bed, your fluffy pillows, and a homey vibe that you wouldn’t exchange for anything else. Cozy up your space by adding touches that remind you of your real home. It can be a décor piece or two, framed photographs, or your Mom’s favorite home scent. If you are allowed to paint the space, choose neutral colors with pops of blue and green to create a serene ambience. You can also decorate the home with plants and flowers.

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