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How to take the stress out of moving

After 16 moves, I learned the secret to make it as stress free as possible. No, it’s not to drink wine in the days before – although that might help too.

First, as soon as you know you are moving, start purgingdesorden. We have those items we found on our last move that make us say, “why or how did this make the move?” Get rid of them this time. Also follow the decluttering experts’ advice: If you haven’t used it, worn it or seen it for the past year, out it goes.  Two assignments ago I received a set of five dessert dishes with spoons. They were beautiful. But when I went through the cupboards this time, I found them tucked in the back. Since I never used them, I put them in the donation pile. Same goes for items you no longer love.

If clearing out closets stresses you out and you have a tight time frame, don’t worry. Do what you can and remember, you can continue at the other end. You may have more time as you unpack than you did when packing up.

Even having the moving company pack you up, start deciding what you are carrying with you. We have a travel trailer which comes in handy. I usually complain about the trailer, but I missed it on the move moving-truck-vector-8793428from Hawaii. Since the mover won’t take open food, cleaning supplies or candles, you either have to carry them with you or give them all away. These can get expensive to replace. Our travel trailer saved us much money over the moves, not to mention hotel fees and plane fares.

My biggest stressor is cleaning our house before we leave. We usually live on base and the military can be meticulous the cleaning process. If you don’t pass final inspection, you have to clean until you do. That is a problem if you get delayed.

When the military owned housing, we hired a cleaner from an approved list to make sure we passed the first time. Now that Cleaning-funny-Garfield-cartoon-imagehousing is privatized, we simply pay the management company to clean and walk away. It makes sense. Maintenance comes in after we move out and repair anything needing repairing, and repaint the lovely white walls. Why clean before the workers finish? What a load off my mind. It costs less than hiring an outsider and the house is done to management’s satisfaction.

As we head into our 17th move I am remarkably calm. I guess it’s because I finally learned that it is not worth getting upset about.

One more move

Well, it’s that time again. We have a new assignment. We are moving to Langley AFB, Virginia. I’ve never been to that part of the country so I am excited about the location, but I was hoping we would retire out of Biloxi and start a new chapter in our life. Everyone is telling me…Continue Reading

Go West Young Man!

I remember walking down the hall of the 91st Space Wing at Minot Air Force Base with Eric. Eric was a Space Wing officer who was moving to Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Eric turned to the Good Chaplain and said, “I’ll see you when you all get to Vandenberg.” What? Did he know…Continue Reading

Exciting times in Minot

I really loved being a freelance writer for the Minot Daily News. First of all, I love small town newspapers which allow for good news to be printed as well as the bad. Second, I covered Minot Air Force Base, which meant I could explore my environment more completely than other folks living there. I…Continue Reading