By Angela Caban
If you have moved or will be moving, you know just how stressful this time can be. There will be emotional, physical and mental stress included with your PCS. Moving is so much more than just packing and un-packing boxes. A move will mean a new start for you and your family. To some it also is a much needed change, but to others change is something that can be hard to grasp. Moving, if done correctly, can be a simple thing. What you leave behind is what will be challenging for you. Joy Lopez, a Marine spouse of 10 years states “I have endured 5 PCS moves and with each it has always been the hardest to pick up and leave friends. We leave behind such great memories with these people who have helped you through so much. It truly is the worst part in moving for me.”
If you have not yet been through a PCS, now is the time you should start collecting information to help yourself and your family better adjust.
- Research about other PCS experiences. Although each experience may vary, it is good to get ideas of what other military families went through and how you can avoid those same problems.
- Read books and research online. Pick up a book that has to do with moving and a PCS. Book such as “After the Boxes are unpacked” or “My Journal of 52 weeks After a Move” can help you to prepare and be aware of the many things there are to do before and after moving.
- Prepare early. If you receive your new PCS orders to move in January, start to prepare as soon as you get them. Do not leave things to the last minute. You can use this time to start cleaning out the closets and getting rid of excess stuff you do not need to take with you. Have a garage or yard sale to help get rid of the junk.
- Advise family and friends. Don’t get stuck into thinking that a miracle will happen, inform your family and friends that you are moving. Letting them know as soon as possible is better than leaving it to the last minute. You may even get someone to offer their service to help you out. Do not turn this down; it will be a busy time for you.
- Keep it moving and organized. Whether you will be using movers or doing it yourself, keep things organized and labeled. A moving checklist will help you to ensure that nothing is forgotten. Make an inventory list of everything packed to ensure nothing is lost or misplaced. Taking pictures of your valuables is also a good idea in the case that you are using movers. You never know if something will get damaged or lost. Items that can’t be replaced like pictures, jewelry or items of sentimental value, take it with you.
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