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With Saint Patrick's Day around the corner, I have corned beef, green beverages, rainbows, four leaf clovers and leprechauns on the brain! However, you do not need a four leaf clover to be lucky during your next move. You also do not need a leprechaun - even though that pot of gold could come in handy and he could be a help packing things into tight spaces...my point is, to have a lucky move, all you need to do is follow some of these simple steps - none of which require following a rainbow!

 

Start planning as early as possible. Start researching the installations you could be moving to. Check out the discussion boards and ask people detailed questions about each location here. Begin to think about the type of housing you will use at your next destination by researching installation housing, finding a great rental property or buying or selling a home. Learn as much as you can from fellow military spouses about their moving advice and experience.

 

Be prepared. As soon as you know a move is in your near future, begin to prepare your home (yes, you need to pre-pack before the professional packers get there). Here is a room by room guide to begin organizing your home for a move (start with the kitchen first). It is also important to prepare your family. Include your children in the planning process for your move, so they will feel more helpful and involved in the PCS process. This article by the Department of Defense is full of fantastic tips to making the most of your move.

 

Be Positive. Remember there is a pot of gold at the end of this move! By maintaining a calm and positive attitude your family will be able to make this move with no problem. Moving is an adventure allowing you to live and explore a new town, opening up opportunities to meet new people, find new hobbies and establish a new home. Your attitude can set the tone for the whole family, making this less of a sad goodbye to old friends, but more of a "see you later" and journey to discover new joys in a new place.

 

Please share your "get lucky" tips when you are planning and preparing for a move in the comments!