Living in a Hotel

I live in an extended stay hotel. There are quite a few perks to this way of life but there are some interesting challenges as well.  I know what you must be thinking, #firstworld problems but consider that for someone who loves cooking and crafting this new minimalistic way of life has been a huge change.

Why do I live in a hotel?

My husband works for Fast Enterprises a computer software company that designs software for government entities. So, since Mississippi badly needed to update their Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) software here we are! I quit my job as a high school Biology teacher in Salt Lake City for a chance to travel across the United States and possibly abroad. Because the project in Mississipi is coming to a close we’re only here for 2 1/2 months while my husband helps with roll out of the software. Then we’ll be moving to Salem, Oregon where they will begin to assist with the development and implementation of new software in counties throughout the state.

Do I like living in a hotel?

Yes and no.

Perks of Living in a Hotel:

  • Cleaning- Not having to clean my own bathroom is pretty heavenly
  • Free breakfast
  • Free cable and WiFi
  • A comfy king-sized bed our last bed was a queen
  • It is a suite, so it feels more like a traditional apartment
  • Free use of exercise equipment
  • Free newspapers to read

Challenges of Living in a Hotel:

No access to most of your stuff– Things like cooking ingredients and tools, clothes, documents, etc. Need scissors to open your frozen broccoli? Better go get some but don’t pay too much for them because you’ll only be using them for two months!

Cleaning- While the occasional clean-up from housekeeping is great,  if you forget to put the do not disturb sign on your door hotel workers are in your home within seconds. I live in a little bit of fear that I’ll step out of the shower and run into a maid coming in to remove the towels from our bathroom.Yikes!

Free Breakfast- Being a frugal person I feel like I should take advantage of it every day, but when much of the food is not healthy I can be tempted to make poor food choices, like choosing the Texas-shaped belgium waffles (delicious) or the powdered donuts for breakfast.

Free Cable– I get addicted to HGTV shows or occasionally get sucked in by horrendous reality shows like Below Deck and waste valuable time.

Lack of Space- We can only take so much with us when we move to Oregon at the end of October. We only brought two bags and a carry on and with the accumulation of a 15 pound instant pot we bought for cooking in our room, we’ll be a lot closer to approaching our weight limits.

Plus, with stores like Dirt Cheap around, it can be tempting to want to stock up on more clothes or shoes. For those of you who love the NPS stores you understand the allure of Dirt Cheap. It is a little junky and you have to do some digging, but when you find a diamond among the piles of junk you are hooked. Like these brand new Cherokee boat shoes I found for $5:

$5 brand new shoes!

They look a bit worn now that I’ve been wearing them almost daily, but they were new when I bought them.

But between being a teacher and being sentimental it may be good for me to take a more minimalistic approach to living for a while . . .

No stove or oven- Honestly, the hardest thing for me about not having a traditional living space is not having a stove or oven. Eating out sounds glamorous at first, until you eat a lot of fried food and start to put on the pounds.

But in case you are curious here are some pictures of the hotel we are staying in:

Home 2Suites Hotel in Ridgeland Mississippi 


Hotel living has a few down sides, but for the time being I am enjoying this temporary adventure! After all, it sure beats our last basement apartment. Although I confess I do miss the chickens sometimes . . .

chickens crowded in a window
The view from the first basement apartment Matt and I rented after marriage to save money.


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