As many of you may know, I've recently made the permanent move out of New England and down to south Texas, soon to be Florida for a short while, then off to somewhere else (we have no clue where) for a couple more years, then off to somewhere else.. again.
If you don't know me, let me fill you in. I'm a tiny bit of a control freak who feels the need to nest everywhere she goes. A bit of a challenge for the military SO life, but sometimes you just meet someone who fills your other half and makes everything possible.
Embarking on our first big move in a couple weeks here's what i've learned so far..
- Read "The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up" by Marie Kondo. If an item doesn't bring you joy, throw it the F out. Now there's still a lot I need to learn about weights, DITY moves, PPMs, and all the other military moving acronyms and systems but I do know for sure that if you HATE that really ugly pig cookie jar in Texas, you will still really HATE it in Florida.
- Research the area you are moving into & contact other military members living in the area to get the scoop. Sometimes a house only 10 miles from base can end up taking over 35 minutes to commute. Sometimes certain areas just aren't as nice as they seem in the pictures. Any information you can gather before committing to a house, or starting your house-hunting will make the process easier and less stressful.
- Know the rules. As a military dependent you're covered on military housing regulations if both names are on the lease. As a not-yet-dependent or an almost-dependent you aren't. This means beware when co-signing a lease. When orders change (and I say when, not if, because isn't that how it always works), a landlord isn't legally required to let you out of the contract as well.
And here's what I still need to learn.. this list is far longer and going to require a lot of crowdsourcing and googling..
- How do I establish a change of residency from my "home" state? And is it worth it when we're only in a location for a short time.
- PPM/DITY moves versus having the Navy handle the whole kit n kaboodle. How much money can be saved off doing it yourself and is it worth the stress?
- Can it really take 3+ weeks for your belonging to arrive in the next location? Does this mean we will be sleeping on the floor for a while...
If any of you ladies have experience with this I would love to learn! This is a whole different territory for me, and while sometimes a bit scary, it is more exciting than anything! The best resources are the people who've done it. I hope to learn from you, and hopefully one day you can learn from me!