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Tips for Making a Move

Since we are facing another move in our near future.  I have been thinking a lot about rental decorating.  It can be difficult, exhausting, and exciting moving around.   A move creates new challenges for making a home you and your family loves. Positive thinking is essential for a successful and happy  move.   Whether it is  across the country,the globe,  or just  across town, keep in mind these few tips for a smooth transition.


Embrace your new environment.

Even if it isn’t your top pick or anywhere on your list of “places you want to live”.  Let  the coast, country, city, mountains, or desert  be part of your  inspiration for projects, updates, and repurposing.800px-Aharen_Beach

Seize the opportunity to change the decor in your living space.

We tend to be creatures of habit and use our belongings for the same function we bought them for.  Take a chance and try to use them in a different room or for a different function.  You can achieve an entire new look and feel for your home with things you already own.  Be creative with placement, repurposing (paint!!!), and functionality. Shoot! You don’t even have to move to do this!

Here are a few of my favorite repurposed pieces from our last move!


Desk Makeover 

Coffee Table Makeover SONY DSC

Decoupaged DresserSONY DSC

Bedside Tables

It’s okay to splurge. A little. 😉

Is there a piece of furniture you have been eyeing for a while?  A new couch? Or maybe a headboard? Reward yourself with something new! After all of that packing, moving, cleaning, repairs, unpacking, etc…. YOU DESERVE IT!


 (I had been wanting this chandelier for three years.  I finally bought it on sale after our last move!)

Don’t be afraid to hang things on the wall!!!

I can’t say that enough. 😉 With military families, you can move handful of moves in just a few short years.  Don’t let that stop you from hanging things you love on the wall.  If you really don’t want holes in the walls, use command strips.  But really, it is super easy to take care of holes, especially if there is touch up paint already lying around.  You can also lean larger pieces on your dresser, buffet, counters…

Wall Gallery Tips and Tricks

Get out and explore.

Bring in local finds (man made or natural) into your decor.



DIY Seashell Wreath  made from local shells

Is there anything special you do when you move?  Do you have any tips to share? I love to read your comments and emails!!

Have a wonderful day,




    1. That’s awesome Dana!! I can’t believe how many “dead critters” we have in our house now!! (seashells and such) Thanks for the comment.

  1. I love this post. You nailed it. I do t like moving though, but who does. I’m stopping by from the blog hop. Your blog is great! I hope your enjoying your Thursday evening.

  2. I am so beyond happy I found this via Fresh Fridays! I live in Rome, Italy and while I moved into my new apartment 6 months ago it looks like we moved in.. two days ago! It’s really under decorated (and that’s an understatement!). Absolutely LOVE that coffee table and tray! (I’m back in the USA for a month and I’m trying to quickly gather ideas and buy stuff here).

    I really really want to hang things on our walls… however, the walls are about 400 years old and my husband (Italian) is afraid to “ruin” them. Which means it’s baren. Anyways, I’m taking the plunge and going to make him hang things anyways. I love the all white or all black look. However, do you think all black will darken the space? (It’s a dark little apartment).

    Going to follow along on bloglovin’.

    1. Wow Madaline, what a life you are experiencing!! I would love to see what you do with the walls. Do they have a patina on them? I seem to prefer white frames for the last few years because they were a nice contrast to all of our traditional furniture and decor. I’ve seen all black frames done very nicely though. White definitely helps lighten a space. 😉 I would love to see pics of your apartment!! Visiting Pretty Thing and Co.

  3. In six weeks I will be making my fourth move in as many years. it’s a daunting task, however, I like you, make each place a home. I hang the things I love and work my pieces in different ways depending on the amount of room. The house I am leaving was much smaller than I am used to, so I look forward to having more space in my new home ( and hoping it’s the last move for awhile0. i left Florida 3 years ago for Canada and I have missed it horribly. I used the natural elements that I had collected in Florida to remind me of a wonderful time in my life. Great tips and I shall keep you on my read list!

    1. Thanks for the comment love Colette. Hanging things and using natural elements are great ways to make a place feel like home, no matter how many times you move! Enjoy decorating your new home in a few weeks. 🙂

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