It’s the Final Countdown!
A New Year for a military member looks a little bit different, especially on a PCS year. The traditional New Year’s Resolutions of a renewed exercise routine or drinking less caffeine may still be on the list, but there are other priorities for the moving military member. This is the list for those individuals.
It’s a new year; it’s a time to start preparing for the summer move cycle. Get your home ready, pack things, and move to the next destination. Where to start? Start in January; start early. It will lessen the stress during the moving season. It won’t abolish it, but it maybe more manageable.
January is for Beginning Decluttering
This can be done in a fashion that makes it easy to manage. The idea is to declutter and purge to start fresh with the next move.
Declutter by item type: books, clothes, kitchen tools, towels, kids’ games, clothing, etc.
Declutter by room – this one is easier to break down and manage because it compartmentalizes things.
Designate how you will declutter each type of room. Will it be on Thursdays or Sundays, or a week at a time? Starting early makes the task less daunting.
February is for Beginning Pantry and Freezer Clean Out
Beginning in January, analyze what is in the pantry. If there are any items that are hiding in the back or have fallen behind the pasta containers, now is the time to pull them out. Determine what is on hand, so it can be used in a timely fashion. This prevents food waste, and maximally utilizes your budget. Before you begin the moving-out meal roulette, use food items in the way you desire. The same goes for the freezer. Small things fall out and hide behind shelves. Find them before they spoil, leak, make a mess or have to be tossed out.
March is for Information Gathering
March is usually a time one can expect to have orders and be able to do the information gathering for the new duty station. About the job, find housing or secure a room, determine school ratings, and find doctors/dentists. While it is fun to plan and research the possibilities, once hard orders are in hand, March is the time for concrete searching.
April is for Moving Cleaning, not just Spring Cleaning
The deep cleaning that occurs with moving is a lot of work. While hiring a cleaner can be helpful, it can be an added expense during a costly moving period. Begin doing deep cleaning in January. Clean the fridge and freezer. Turn the oven on to cleaning mode. Steam clean carpets. Scrub the baseboards of the floors, the most forgotten areas. Make a list of what needs to be done and do it one step at a time.
May is for Packing
While the government can provide a moving company for you, you have the option for a Personally Procured Move (PPM, formerly DITY), or you can pre-pack boxes to assist with the organizing of your items. Pack sentimental items, ensure family china or jewelry is packed securely, and pull out any items that you wish.
June is the Big Push
With a summer move on the horizon, June is for all the last-minute things. One more decluttering round for the house. A once-over clean goes much faster because you have done the deep cleaning. The cupboards should be bare now that you have slowly been working on them.