Video Sunday: Getting Started Organizing Your Move

Getting organized when moving is crucial for a successful PCS move. As soon as you find out you are being moved to a new duty station, the process begins. After several moves, you may have your own system. I am not a born organized person, so moving is always a struggle for me. I thought it would be interesting to see how others organize their moves.

Let’s take a look at how one person organizes her move.

Sounds pretty simple, doesn’t it?

I think the key is in acting rather than talking about it, though!

What Moving Supplies Do You Need? Video Sunday

For those of you moving yourself, here is a great video discussing what supplies you need for your move.

I like the idea of setting up a waist-high table to avoid bending! I guess my age is showing!

Packing Your Kitchen: Video Tips

Packing up your kitchen is one of the hardest tasks when moving. So many small items that are breakable make packing your kitchen challenging. Here are some great tips on how you can get your kitchen goods from your old house to your new house in one piece!

Tips on Packing Your Clothes: Video Sunday

Here’s a video for those do-it-yourselvers that are preparing for their DItY move. Packing clothes is always a pain in the neck. If you are not sure how to pack the clothes in your drawers, this is the video for you.

Don’t Forget Change of Address Business Cards When You PCS

When you are moving, everyone will want to know how to contact you at your new place. One great way to be prepared for a move is to purchase business cards with your new address and telephone number.

Business cards are great, because everyone has all your new contact info at their fingertips. The cards fit into a Rolodex  or can be stashed in a wallet or address book.

 

 

Vistaprint is great because they give you the opportunity to get the first two-hundred-fifty business cards for free, except the shipping costs. You can get a free rubber stamp for your envelopes, too, if you order right now.

 

Vistaprint has great gift ideas, invitations and cards, too. Visit their website through the link above and check out what they have available.

 

 

 

 

 

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A Round Up of Moving Tips

Today, I’m bringing you on a whirlwind tour of five seven fantastic websites that offer up useful tips and strategies on moving. Check out these moving tips from Life Lessons of a Military Wife, Army Wife Network, FlyLady, The Nest Effect, Find Joy in the Journey, The Joyful Organizer and Movers-Edge.

We start our tour at Life Lessons of  a Military Wife where we see exactly what we need to do before our next PCS. While we are at it, we can figure out how to do that property inventory we have been meaning to get around to someday. She has tons of other tips on how to make your PCS a success, too!

Army Wife Network teaches us how to put together a “PCS Central” notebook and gives some great all around tips on the PCS move in their post, PCS Preparedness.

If you have never heard of Flylady, it is time that you do! She is the nicest and most down-to-earth person that I don’t actually know. She feels like one of my favorite aunties as she helps me to have a more organized, uncluttered and clean house. Here is her take on moving tips!

At Nest Effect, I found some pretty cool printable labels to make your move a bit more organized. I found that post on Pintrest and love the labels.  Find Joy in the Journey has a great printable moving log available on the post how to move 1000 miles and keep track of your stuff.

The Joyful Organizer reminds us to make sure we have copies of our family’s medical records with us when we move and tons of other tips on the post Get Moving!

I love the idea of having an “Open Me First” box that is mentioned in Movers-Edge 101 Best Moving Tips.

What is your best moving tip or your favorite place to get moving tips?

Photo Credit: Freedigitalphotos.net

 

Free Resource for Your PCS Move from Sarge’s List

Wow, I just stumbled on to this free resource and thought it was pretty awesome. Maybe some of you might be interested in a freebie!

The Ultimate PCS Guide is a down loadable magazine type publication. There are some great checklists and general information in this guide.

Military Duty Stations is a great resource to learn about your next duty station, so pay them a visit too!

Enjoy!

Review of Military Youth on the Move Website

While I was reading up on some topics related to my kiddos, I stumbled upon the MYOM website. I found it useful, so I thought I would review Military Youth on the Move and share what I found with all of you.

History of Military Youth on the Move

Military Youth on the Move (MYOM) is a Department of Defense Website designed to make PCS moves easier for school aged military kids. This website was designed to support children of military service members who were making a Permanent Change of Station move. This website came into existence as a result of the 1996 National Defense Authorization Act, which required military installations to provide support services to preteen and teenage children of military service members.

Who is Military Youth on the Move for?

This website is for all school aged children and their parents. Information is divided into age appropriate sections of Kids (age 6 to 8), Preteens (age 9-12), Teenagers (13 to 17), and Parents. Information is written on a level that each age level can easily read and understand.

What information can I find on MYOM?

The sections for children each contain sections titled: The New Kid, My New School, Money Matters, Leadership, and Get Involved. The teenage section also contains additional section, What’s Next? Within each of the sections, articles on the topic address common concerns and give tips to make the transition easier. Some article titles include: Making New Friends, Homework Help, and Become a Good Leader.

The section for parents has even more useful information. Articles on moving with pets, OCONUS moves, family activities, and family financial guidance. The parent section is divided into sections to make it easy to navigate as well.

If you enjoy podcasts, a whole section of them are available as well. Great for those who don’t like to read. (The reading is pretty light weight, though!)

How easy is it to navigate MYOM?

This website has an easy to follow menu with clearly labeled sections for kids, preteens and teens. Additionally, if you just want to read about a particular topic you can click on the buttons across the top to find that information. It is easy to find what you want quickly, which is a big plus.

Bottom Line

MYOM is an easy to use website with good basic information covering a range of topics that are very relevant to military families. With the podcasts, videos and networking groups that are available in conjunction with the site; it is definitely worth a visit.

 

Video Sunday: Tips on Organizing Your Boxes

This is a short video that gives some ideas on how to organize your boxes for a move. If you are doing a DItY move, this would be especially helpful. If the movers are packing you up, maybe not as useful!

Just try and forgive me for the computerized voice. The tips are good anyway!

Who to Notify When You Move

How do you decide who to notify when you move? Do you put in a change of address at the post office and hope that notification reaches everyone who needs to know? Do you send out postcards to everyone in your little black book? Won’t everyone find you anyway? Even though the internet makes it easy to find people these days, much of the information available online is not correct. Make sure the important personal and business connections can find you!

Who really needs to know how to contact you?

Friends and Family

It is pretty easy to assume you will let family and friends know where you are moving. There are a bunch of ways to notify this group. Give them a phone call, text them or send them an email. Drop everyone in your address book a postcard. Do avoid posting your address and information on social networks that can be viewed by anyone, though.

Creditors

If you owe money to someone, it is best you notify them when you move. If you miss payments because you did not receive a bill, it can cause your credit to take a hit. Before you move, notify your creditors where you will be moving and when. Don’t count on the mail to be forwarded in a timely manner, because it might not be.

Government Agencies

It goes without saying that at least one government agency will know your new whereabouts, because you are in the military. However, you need to notify the Department of Motor Vehicles, change your vehicle registrations and register to vote in your new location. If anyone in your family receives social security benefits, it will benefit you to keep contact information up-to-date.

Professional Service Providers

If you use a lawyer, accountant or see a specialist physician for a medical conditions; make sure you let them know where you are moving. It may mean they need to transfer records to another service provider or you may just need to let them know why you have disappeared. It is just courteous to the professional to inform them ahead of time.

Subscriptions

If you are still subscribing to print magazines, don’t forget to let them know your new address. The magazines will probably catch up to you if you have your mail forwarded, but you won’t receive them in as timely a manner. You can usually make these changes online and never miss an issue!

Professional Organizations

If you belong to work-related organizations and receive professional journals or other correspondence, make sure you don’t forget these either. After all, your alumni association will need to contact you when it has its next telethon fundraiser!