Moving is always challenging for families, but we don’t have to tell you how hard it is for military families. PCS or a permanent change of station is a stressful time for the servicemember and their family.
However, there are some tips you can use to make this change in your family a little easier. This blog post will explain a couple of different things you can use as you and your family are trying to relocate to your new station.
Planning is a real big one. You want to start planning once you know you have a place to go and once you are a month or two away. It helps to write your plans down so you have a clear idea of what the moving out process will look like for you and your family.
You want to make sure you know which items you are going to pack and unpack first, which pieces of furniture will go where, and which moving company you plan to use.
Remember, the sooner you plan, the better.
Take it One Step at a Time
When you start moving into your home, you want to take everything one step at a time. However, if you try to do too much at once, you might get overwhelmed or tire quickly. So instead, you want to take your time.
Assign every one of your family members to do one thing before moving on to the next item on the agenda. Don’t be afraid to take breaks every so often.
Your family is your moving team, and if everything goes well, this could be an excellent way for all of you to bond. It’s important no one feels overworked or incredibly exhausted, as this might create feelings of resentment in certain family members, especially children, for moving out at all. Take your time and work at your own pace.
Always Remember to Clean
Moving out is very difficult, but once the oversized items have been taken care of and you and your family have had some rest, it would be good for you guys to do some cleaning.
The kitchen and bedrooms should be at the top of your list before getting to the bathrooms and later the living room and dining room.
Make Use of Ziplocks and Small Boxes
When you’re moving, you’re probably going to be carrying many small items that you might not feel comfortable shoving into a huge box. You want to get some Ziplocks and put things like forks and spoons there. Remember to leave anything behind that you might not need.
Get Movers You Trust
Don’t hire people at the last minute just because you need a moving company. Make sure you find movers with great reviews and good customer feedback. These people will be the ones handling some of your most expensive stuff. On the other hand, you don’t want to hire people who will potentially break anything.
Always be cautious, and if your movers are not being helpful or getting into fights with one another. Don’t be afraid to call the moving company to address your concerns.
If you feel like you are taking too much stuff or stuff you don’t need, you might consider downsizing. Anything that hasn’t been used in the past two years is generally things you want to get rid of or donate. Ask your family for items they haven’t used in a while. The more unnecessary stuff you get rid of, the easier the move will be for you.
Always Try and Keep a Cool Mind
Moving out is very stressful, but it’s essential to maintain a calm and relaxed state of mind as you’re trying to get everything done. If your mind and body tell you to take a break, take one! There’s no shame in it.
You don’t want the moving process to be harder on your family than it already is. And if any fights happen between you and your spouse or you and your kids, try your best to resolve the matter the best you can.
Communication with your family and spouse while moving out is vital. Remember: a house divided against itself cannot stand.
You Guys Can Do This!
Remember, you are not doing this alone. Your family is your team! So you guys have to be there to support and uplift one another.
Disputes are bound to happen, but you can always find ways to resolve them. Use positive reinforcement to get your kids to fulfill tasks. Offer them a piece of candy or a five-minute break after every job they complete. Talk to your partner every step of the way.
Eventually, you guys will adjust to everything by the time the last box is unpacked.