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scenes from the new house + tips for moving a large family

I’m not even sure how it happened, but somehow, we moved our party of six to a rental home with plans to build.

This was possibly the most trying experience our family has been through over the last ten years. We partly brought it on ourselves by not knowing fully what we were in for. When we moved into our last home Ella was a baby – still on my hip. So, at the time and out of pure necessity, we hired packers/movers to scoop our house up and handle lots of the unpacking as well. They literally pack the junk drawer and throw it in a box {as my mother-in-law says}.

Fast-forward almost five years … there was SOOOO much purging that needed to be done and typical movers aren’t prepared to do that. The other looming cloud was that the effort and items that went into these boxes would have to be packed, reloaded and unpacked in approximately one year… ugh, sigh, cry, grrrr.

However, as I told a dear friend: me and the husband are still married and four young people plus one handsome pup seem to be happy with the new abode.

The walls remain empty for now, but we sure to do love the space {literally}. The house is larger than our last home and each kiddo has their own room and bathroom {making for lots of cleaning + buying of new bathroom tchotchkes}. But the square footage of the home isn’t even our favorite part.

rental home for family of six

shelf styling

steve penley art

Our previous home was what you would call an “executive community” with a wonderful private gate, but little yard and personal privacy. I don’t know the exact size of this property, but it’s secluded and we’ve already spotted deer, owls, rabbits and possibly coyotes {yikes!}. Here’s a bird’s nest right on our fence.

dunwoody birds nest

french bulldog love

home sweet home

Though we don’t have plans to purchase this rental home, it’s sure alluring with all its greenspace and I’m having fun rethinking our home décor for a totally new layout.

Tips for moving a big family
  1. Hire a professional organizer BEFORE and AFTER the move. I have a great recommendation for an Atlanta professional organizer if you’re looking. We hired her after the move but I sure wish we’d found her before!
  2. Don’t be in denial and procrastinate {this one is for me to remember next time we move}.
  3. Make your kids take ownership of their space if they’re over the age of 7…even if it takes bribery, begging, waterboarding, sleep deprivation, pleading….you get it….
  4. Be on the lookout for a friend that has moved recently to take the boxes of their hands.
  5. Rent a Uhaul for those special items you don’t want to take any chances on. They’re like $20/day and though there’s lifting involved, the peace of mind is worth it.

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  • Alyssa Winters
    November 8, 2017 at 1:06 PM

    Hello Dana, I think everyone are excited to decorate their new home. Your home looks so beautiful and you shared right tips for moving a big family. Thanks for sharing this blog with us.

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