Last year, many New Yorkers fled the city for the comfort and space of the suburbs amid the height of the coronavirus pandemic.

Now, New Yorkers are coming back to the city in droves, many with the expectation to return to the office, at least a few days a week.

Whether you’re transitioning your rental back from home-office to just home, or you need to find a healthy balance between the two, here are some tips and tricks to making your New York City rental space feel like home again:


Decluttering is the first step to making your home feel comfortable again.

Do you feel like everything has been piling up? Work room-by-room to pull out all of your belongings. Sort them into piles by category and then decide what to keep, toss or donate.

Hopefully, by decluttering, your space will feel lighter, brighter and you’ll have peace of mind knowing you’re surrounded only by the items you need and want. When your home is decluttered, your mind can be too!

Separate Work & Play

If you are still working from home full-time or part-time, make sure to separate your “work zone” from your living space. Whether that’s turning an extra bedroom into a home office, or setting up a workstation at your dining room table, make sure at the end of the workday you can step away from your work zone and take a mental break.

Use items like bins and baskets to store work supplies, so that you’re not constantly staring at office items.

Decorate With Warm, Neutral Tones

When decorating, think light and bright! Lighter, muted tones tend to have more calming effects on the brain. Neutral tones not only create a calming atmosphere but help with sleep, too.

Treat Yourself

More and more New Yorkers are spending more time at home, whether it’s for work or restricted social guidelines. Make your space your sanctuary by sprucing it up with nice linens, window treatments, and spa-like bath towels to make every step of your daily routine an enjoyable one.

Overall, if you’re looking to make your rental feel more like home, channel your energy into creating a quiet, relaxing space where you can turn off the noise of the city.

At Platinum Properties, our agents are experts in finding the perfect rental to fit our clients’ lifestyles and wishlists. If your current rental isn’t cutting it, message us to help you find your new home.