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!!!!!