Choose your apartment community carefully.
Where you live says something about you, so selecting an apartment community is not a choice to make lightly. It’s important to do your due diligence to find the best fit for you. Ideally, you want to live in a neighborhood that reflects your values, somewhere you feel comfortable.
You may consider it worthwhile to pay a little more in rent to live in a fashionable, hip area, for instance. Perhaps easy access to your place of employment is your first priority, or maybe it’s most important to you to be able to walk to dinner most nights or meet up with friends at the local watering hole. In order for your apartment to feel like your home, a careful focus on the locale is a must.
Treat your space like you plan to stay.
Once you find the right area to live in, your next step is to take an empty apartment space and fill it with you. The art you place on the walls, even the particular way you align furniture in the rooms, for instance, should reflect a little something about you. Why not start by placing one piece of decor or a favorite belonging in a place of prominence in your new space? Laying out something that symbolizes home to you will go a long way toward moving you in, mentally.
This idea extends to how you take care of the space, as well. You may be a stickler for housekeeping, or your values may be a bit more flexible on this point. But when you think about your apartment as a place you’ll stay for a while and commit to making the most of it, you’ll likely be happier at home, as a result.
Get to know your neighborhood.
No apartment is an island; yours is undoubtedly connected to grocery stores, a post office, restaurants, and all of the services and hotspots that make up a community. To feel at home in your own apartment, you need to know the community where you reside.
Are you new to the neighborhood? You have a chance to explore and figure out how your new area feels to you. Perhaps you are already familiar with what the area has to offer, but need to branch out and try the new restaurant down the street. Whether your challenge is to develop a new routine or branch out from an established one, embracing your neighborhood, its people and places will go a long way toward cementing feelings of home there.
Love where you live.
Why not live in a place that makes you proud to be there? We’re talking about a pride of place that is shared between landlord and renters concerning the community. Everyone who touches the community must leave a positive influence on the living experience.
Think about it: when you pick up stray litter in the parking lot, you’re adding to visual appeal. When you’re friendly with a neighbor at the mailbox, you’re making the community a more appealing place to live. Actions like these convey that you care about creating a place you love to live in, a place that feels like home.
Even though the apartment living experience can seem generic, even cookie-cutter, you have a role to play in changing that recipe. Choose the right place for you – the location, the look, the layout – and never settle on an apartment space that doesn’t speak to you in some way. Think of your apartment as your home base, somewhere you’ll be investing your energy for a while. Get to know your larger community and the details that make living in this place unique. When you make these efforts, you may discover that even a rented place where you return each evening seems to whisper “welcome home.”
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