Military life comes with so many changes throughout one's life. When the orders come for relocation, you do what you must to get your things in order, pack up, and hit the road. How on earth are you supposed to get all of that done while still taking care of your everyday responsibilities and not missing a beat? Here, you'll find a few tips that should help take some of the burdens off of your shoulders:
Work with Military Relocation Specialists
There's nobody that'll understand what you're going through better than a military relocation specialist. These professionals understand how quickly orders come and how important it is to get settled into a new place as quickly and efficiently as possible. They understand that these orders can change at any time and you could have to sell a home that you've recently purchased or get out of a lease that you've signed in the past year or two. They can help you find your way through all of the paperwork to get out of the home where you're living now and into a home in or around the new base.
Group Address Changes
If you are like many others, you receive care packages from different people and organizations. Rather than having to send out individual change of address letters to these individuals, create a group chain letter-type thing. What you do is write down the names of those who you receive packages from. Look at the list and think about who might know each other – choose one name from that group and write a letter including the names, and maybe addresses of the others that send you packages – have the first person on the list write a letter to the next person, and the next to the next. This will connect all of the people that care enough for you to send packages and get the word out that you've been relocated without you having to do too much work.
Minimize Your Collection of Stuff
Chances are that you already keep things to a minimum, but is there anything else laying around that you don't use, don't want, or don't need? If so, these are the things that are just going to get in your way as you work through your years of service. Each time you move, you have to move the stuff that you don't even want – get rid of it, give it to another family on base, or donate it to the local shop.
Hopefully, these few tips will help take some of the stress off of your shoulders and get you into your new home without issue.