The military is full of surprises, especially when it comes to moving or in this instance PCSing. It can be even more stressful when you do not have a home to go to at your new duty station and this can cause so many uncontrollable emotions and feelings especially with all the horror stories of previous moves from other service members and their families that just makes you go NOPE I am moving my own house. I’m here to tell you that it’s okay, this is temporary, we can find solutions to every problem, even this one that may feel impossible to handle. You don’t want the military to move your household goods (HHG)? No problem!
Look into storage ahead of time, ones that can hold your entire house in one unit and with no long-term contracts, as you’ll be needing the unit temporarily. You will have peace of mind knowing exactly where your things are all times and not constantly wonder where on the road the truck may be with all of your precious cargo. Make sure to get a storage unit that has climate control to avoid your belongings from possible damage such as humidity attacking your things with mold.
It’s a good idea to plan the packing materials that you’re going to need. For moving your items into a storage unit you’ll require varying sizes of packing boxes, marker pens to label your boxes, bubble wrap, tissue paper or newspaper, packing tape, protective coverings, and dust sheets. Please Avoid plastic bags as these can increase your cahnces of mildew in storage.
Keep an inventory of your items; As you’re packing your items, keep an inventory sheet of everything that is being placed into storage. This will help you to keep track of all your belongings, as well as keepings everything packed in their proper boxes. Going through your household goods will also allow you to declutter your home, it will reduce the number of items that are needed to be packed making the process easier; hazardous items are a big no when putting things in storage, make sure you contact the storage unit to be aware of the things that are prohibited to avoid any issues.
Clean items before packing them into boxes. If you’re keeping your items in storage for a while, it’s a good idea to clean them before you pack them away. This helps to remove any dust, dirt or grime, ensuring they’re in a relatively clean condition for storage. When the time comes to collect them, they’ll still look spotless!