As a member of the military, you understand that moves are part of the lifestyle. Whether you have kids or not, you don’t have time to dwell endlessly on the military relocation process. Instead, you want to get it over with so you can get on with your life in your new home!
Here are 6 moving tips for busy people that can make that process suck a little less!
#1 – Make Sure Your Emergency Binder is Easy to Find and Packed Where It Will Travel With You
This binder should contain all the critical information: access to bank accounts, social security numbers, birth certificates, and everything you’ll need to set up utilities, enroll the kids in school, and transfer your information to new medical providers. Keep this binder up and out of the chaos so that even if it takes you a while to get settled into your new home, you have the papers you really need on hand.
#2 – Let the Kids Help Pack Their Rooms
Allow the little ones to pack either a bag or a couple of boxes each, depending on available space, that will travel with you instead of the moving truck. You might not know all of the items that are utterly precious to your child so let them participate in the process to avoid tears later!
#3 – Pack By Room
This seems like a no-brainer, but it can be tempting to fill boxes as you walk through the house, shoving everything that will fit into them. While there will probably be some boxes that are packed this way at the end of the packing process, make unpacking easier by separating boxes by the rooms they go in and labeling them accordingly. This will make the unpacking process much easier when you get to your new home.
#4 – Use the Move as an Opportunity to Clean Out Clutter
Chances are you’ve accumulated plenty of stuff even if you’ve only been at your current location for a few years. From old electronics that have been upgraded to all the papers that kids come home with, clutter adds up fast. Go ahead and get rid of anything that you won’t be using at your new home.
#5 – Be Prepared For the Movers
If you’re using military movers to help pack and transport your possessions, make sure that you’re prepared for their visit. Military movers are known for their efficiency, not necessarily for their care and attention to detail. Veterans of military moves have experienced plenty of surprises when they reach the other end, from trash that’s packed up in the can instead of being taken out to items that weren’t packed as securely as they should have been. Pack up precious or easily breakable items yourself to ensure that they’re protected properly.
#6 – Pack Bags or Boxes That Will Get You Through a Week or So Even If Your Items Don’t Arrive on Time
This is particularly important for long moves or if you’ve been warned that your possessions are going to take a while to get to you. Pack up enough clothes to last a week or so, add a sleeping bad, pillows, or favorite blankets, and be prepared to wait for your items to arrive if necessary.
Packing for a move is stressful no matter how you do it. Over the course of your military service, you’ll likely hone it down to a fine routine, developing techniques that work for you. Staying organized and taking it one step at a time will get you through this move and all the others in front of you!
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(Article originally appeared on Relobase.com)