The purpose of this article is to illustrate how the temporal dimension of homeliness can create an understanding of institutional life. The data of the project originates from a small, ethnographic field study at an institution for people with alcohol abuse, including observations of everyday life as well as informal conversations and interviews with the residents and the staff of the institution. The data resulted in three main themes: 1) The temporary home, 2) The ideal of spending time actively, 3) Boredom – time is dragging. The study shows that each hour of the day in an institution is organized and that the staff find it important that the residents spend their time actively. This point to a particular institutional way of creating homes. At the same time, boredom is a condition of institutional life that affects each individual and their everyday life. In addition, several residents will be staying at the institution for an indefinite period of time – which makes it difficult to for the residents to regard the institution as their home.