It’s Moving Time!

March 22, 2012 » Written under blogging, Jeanette Murray, Real Life

Moving is a part of my life. The military makes a permanent change of station (PCS) inevitable every couple of years. And we’re on that track right now, likely moving this summer. Where? Currently, not sure. But that’s the name of the game.


So I thought I would spread some moving tips and tricks from the experts. No, not moving companies. The people who are the ones dealing with these moves daily: military spouses! A few fellow spouses dish with me on what their favorite tricks are to make moving slightly less painful.

Karen says a staple for moving cross country is two wine glasses and a corkscrew. Can’t say I blame her for that one. A cross-country move definitely requires some liquid relaxation after a long day of driving, when you’re in the hotel room for the night!

Jill, a Navy wife, and Sara, an Army wife, both suggest a survival box to keep with you so you can cook meals before your household goods get there. Plasticware, paper plates, a small Foreman grill, a pot and pan, bottle openers, can opener, and ziplock baggies are included in Jill’s kitchen necessities that go with her. Sara adds a crockpot, a cutting board and knives to the list so you can cook in a hotel room if you’re stuck in one for awhile.

Jill also says when the movers are there packing you out, to pick the smallest room available and put all the things you are taking with you in there. Then close the door and tape a sign on there saying nothing should be packed from that room so nothing you need during the move get packed on accident. Emily, a Marine wife, adds to this, don’t forget to stick the dog leash in there. It’s an easy thing to forget, but a pain in the butt to be missing!

Navy spouse Whitney reminds you to keep some cleaning supplies with you. First, you’ll probably need to clean out the place you’re leaving before you close the door that last time. And then you’ll want to have supplies on hand to do a quick once-over at the new place before all your things get there! Her laundry basket of cleaning supplies include: a bucket, Lysol, window cleaner, sponges, gloves, dust pan, broom, paper towels, toilet paper, trash bags, rags, and a mop.

In addition to the cleaning supplies, Jess suggests you should bring a shower curtain and hooks, if at all possible. Houses and apartments never seem to come with them, and it’s a messy business trying to shower without one!

Acacia, a Navy spouse, suggests buying those large wardrobe boxes. But before you hang up your clothes, toss in some shoes at the bottom. Saves you a few boxes and makes the most of the space provided!


And lastly, Erin, a Navy wife, suggests getting a babysitter for the actual packing out day. And I’ll add in here, if you have a dog (or dogs) and you don’t have a fenced in backyard for them to hang out in, consider sending them to a friend’s house, or boarding them for the day. My 75 pound bundle of loving is a sweet dog, but he just assumes everyone is his friend and he gets in everyone’s way!

These are just a few of the great tips professional movers (you know, the ones who are moving!) come up with after doing it enough times. I’m gonna be packing out here soon, and I’m going to need the support and advice from my fellow military spouses to get through it!

Oh, in case you are wondering where we’re heading, well… That’s still undecided. But that’s life in the military. Nothing’s for sure until it already happened!


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  1. Voirey Linger

    March 22nd, 2012 - 1:46 pm

    Best advice I ever got was a “first needs” box. Pack one large box with the things you will need in the first twenty-four hours. Make sure it’s clearly marked so you can find it quickly. If you are driving, it’s particularly handy to bring the box with you instead of hoping the truck arrives when you do.

    Some things to consider including:
    *bathroom items (Shower curtain, toiletries, toilet paper, etc.)
    *A pan, shelf-stable meal(s) and cooking/eating utensils
    *sheets to cover windows for privacy in case there are no blinds
    *A board game, deck of cards, books or other items for entertainment
    *A few of the kid’s favorite toys
    *A lamp in case of no overhead lights
    *Air mattress in case the truck is delayed

    First needs boxes were lifesavers for me.

    • Jeanette

      March 22nd, 2012 - 3:02 pm

      Great tip, Viorey! All those things are pains in the butt todeal without. And expensive to buy last minute if you forget to pack them first!

  2. Whitney

    March 22nd, 2012 - 7:02 pm

    Another excellent post! I learned a few things. Only 437 days until we learn our next pack out date.

    • Jeanette

      March 30th, 2012 - 4:38 pm

      You’re on the ball, Whitney. Counting down the days for your next move! haha Love it. I learned a few new things just from collecting the data for this post!

  3. Laurie

    March 23rd, 2012 - 1:31 pm

    Oh my! This brought back many memories for me. I grew up a Marine brat – my father served 20 years during the Vietnam era. My mom was responsible for all the moves – 20 in total – and used ALL of the tips mentioned here. Even the wardrobe for clothes and shoes. She had 5 daughters and a dog and I know she was a miracle worker. My mom passes away a couple of years ago and I miss her every day. Thank you for helping me remember what a great lady she was and Thank You for carrying on the Military Wife traditions. Your service to our country is greatly appreciated as is your husband’s.

    • Jeanette

      March 30th, 2012 - 4:37 pm

      Aw, thanks to your sweet mom for serving for so long and being your father’s backbone and the rock for your family. 20 moves, that’s intense. And thanks for stopping by to comment, Laurie!

  4. Marilyn

    July 11th, 2012 - 12:20 am

    First move I ever made with my Navy husband, I had no clue what to do. All we took with us was the dirty laundry I hadn’t found time to do, the baby stuff and the dirty dishes that hadn’t made the last washing run.

    You know what’s coming . . . The movers LOST our household goods. They were finally located on a truck in Ohio — not usually on the route from Oklahoma to South Carolina — and were delivered 5 WEEKS after scheduled.

    Thanks for the memories. :)

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