During our moves, my husband is the quarterback. He is responsible for letting me (the receiver) know what play (when and where) the coach (the military) we will be running. We are running a passing offence here; the quarterback passes the ball to me, hoping I can score, because he is frankly busy with other things (checking out, job transition, waving at the fans… goodness knows what else). Here is my playbook for a successful PCS, Hut Hut!
Study your plays ahead of time: The cheerleaders on the sideline have changed their “BE AGGRESSIVE” cheer to “BE PREPARED”. The key to a smooth move is to be prepared. Take the months before you move to go through your household goods and get rid of items you do not need (if you have not used it since your last move, it is probably safe to get rid of it. You can make a donation of your goods or hold a garage sale. While you are purging on needed items organize the items left, separate the items that cannot be moved by professionals and begin identifying your most valuable possessions.
Have a backup plan if there is a fumble: Your shipment is delayed, your babysitter for moving day has the flu, there are many moving pieces and unfortunately that means a lot could go wrong. I make sure to have a backup quarterback for moving day (inevitable your spouse may have to go to work that day and leave you to manage the pets and kids and the packers). Have a friend or neighbor on the sidelines ready to step in and lend a hand if needed.
Have a hefty offensive line: Your big scary offensive line, protecting you from the moving defense, are your friends, family and your spouse’s command/unit/etc. These people have ALL experienced a move and know how overwhelming and stressful it can be! They will help protect you from getting sacked by unexpected PCS perils.
Be a good Sport: This category covers a lot of yards (tired of the puns yet?). First, be kind to all of the people involved in your move. Most importantly, your spouse (it is always easiest to lose your temper with the ones you love the most). Try to stay positive and be each other’s biggest fans! Be kind and patient with your Post’s moving office and their employees. I am convinced, through kindness, I was able to schedule our last move a little earlier than they originally scheduled. Be nice to the movers and packers; offer them snacks (maybe even a meal) and beverages.
Can you share your strategies to making a move a “big win”? Please share in the comments! Ready, BREAK!