PCS Advice part 1

For all of you that don’t know, PCS is the acronym for “Permanent Change of Station.” Since summer moves are the most popular, every military family is either getting ready to move or helping a friend move this summer. No matter how rewarding the whole process can be (gag gag), it is STRESSFUL. DO NOT ask for a divorce during a move. Chances are you are pulling all your weight around the house & he or she is going to lots of social gatherings (most required & outprocessing). These times always pass & make us stronger families in the long run.

1. Where are we going? – thank goodness for the internet. You can even contact a spouse on post if you are savvy enough & get the skinny before your move.
2. When does school start & of course, which ones are the best – DO NOT listen to one scorned mom with a weird kid who tells you only her version – go visit & enroll.3. Packing up & saying good-bye to your Grandma’s china – which you know will meet you at site B. Chances are it will be fine – & safer if you let the packers move it.
4. Gather up all the personal stuff & stuff your family can live on for a month without your household goods – air mattresses, shower curtain, cleaning supplies, paperwork, toaster oven, all the stuff that can’t be packed – get the smallest U Haul & do a partial DITY (do it yourself) you’ll make a little cash & feel better that your kids & animals can sit in the car. Sorry for those going overseas (does not apply).
5. Say proper good-byes (or more likely, till we cross paths again). Leave plants with a pal & tell them to pass them on. Get social engagements out of the way, but have fun. Clean your fridge out *& give the good stuff to your neighbor – not the 3 year old jam with mold in the back of the fridge.

***Best advice I ever got, “If you locked yourself in your house & did absolutely nothing until the movers arrive – it would still be OK. You would move & so would all your household stuff.” HANG IN THERE!!!!!

8 Responses to PCS Advice part 1

  1. Silke June 29, 2006 at 7:24 am #

    Good advice, Greta. That last one is so true. Many moves ago (when the kids were really little) I can remember forgetting to get rid of some of the food in our pantry. The movers actually taped up and shipped an open box of cereal! One year, we even moved all our stuff into the house next door (which had just become vacant) because our renters wanted to increase the rent $100 a month (which adds up over 2 years). We did it in two days…by ourselves.

  2. Meg June 29, 2006 at 8:15 am #

    What about drugging the cat? During out last move our little kitty meowed for hours! She’s the sweetest thing on earth…until she has to go in the car.

  3. Darla June 29, 2006 at 9:05 am #

    Great advice. 🙂 We’ve never been able to do a DITY because every single one of our moves in 22 years in the army has been to or from overseas. *sigh* (well, we did move from Heidelberg to Grafenwoehr once, but that was a door-to-door move, and with the hubby preparing to deploy to Bosnia, it was NOT the time to try to do anything we didn’t absolutely have to.)

  4. Sis B June 29, 2006 at 11:26 am #

    thanks for the advice. i’ll keep it in mind when it’s my turn.

  5. brainhell June 29, 2006 at 4:59 pm #

    Some people solve the PCS problem by just never signing up, while issuing cries for more war from the safety of their blog.

  6. Greta June 29, 2006 at 6:00 pm #

    Enough BH!

  7. Carol June 29, 2006 at 8:27 pm #

    I sympathize with you, Greta. I’m not doing a PCS, but I do have to pack up this entire house and move it to Jacksonville come October. Good luck with YOUR move. You’ll be fine.


  8. TerriB June 30, 2006 at 9:20 am #

    I am thankful for you and your husband, my brother and his family and all families that endure the hassles that go along with the territory. People only think their is sacrifice and hardship associated with deployment. In fact there are sacrifices and struggles everyday. Thank you for doing it and doing it with humor and honor!

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