Are you PCSing to Colorado Springs this spring or summer? If so, we have some great tips and tricks to help ease some of the stress of your move and help you get on your way to your new home in Colorado Springs.
Get a Head Start on Your MoveUpdate your information through this link. You can do this even if you don’t have your orders yet. (Although you can’t start the booking process until you have the orders, you can at the very least get your info in the system and iron out any potential issues ahead of time).
One thing to remember when you’re filling out the forms – make sure to list the best contact info to reach you 24/7. And don’t worry, you can change the contact info at any time.
Move it to a BinderKeeping all your paperwork organized during the chaos a PCS move creates can be difficult. However, making a moving binder will allow you to keep everything together and easy to find. In the binder, put copies of your orders, birth certificates, social security cards, mortgage documents, rental agreements etc. Plastic sleeve protectors are a great way to make sure that nothing gets spilled on these copies as you add in more documents and drink more coffee than you ever thought possible!
Know Your Weight AllowanceOne of the most important aspects of your PCS move is knowing your weight allowance. You can find information about how to figure out your weight allowance here. This website has a ton of important information for your PCS move – it is a great resource!
Get Rid of ClutterBetween moves, it is inevitable that you and your family will accumulate a lot of stuff. So, when you move, it is the perfect time to declutter and get rid of, donate or sell items that you really don’t want to bring with you.
The best question to ask is: How much of this stuff do I want to unpack again? With this mindset, go through the house and get rid of 10 items every day. Throw away broken things, collect items for a yard sale or to donate and don’t be afraid to ask friends and neighbors to come over and peruse toys, clothes and other household items that you’ve decided not to bring with you.
Remember — Don’t move unpacked boxes from your last move! If you haven’t used an item in two years, you don’t need it anymore! The exception to this rule is boxes of winter coats if you’re moving from a warm weather location to a region like Colorado Springs!
Take a Video!When it comes to documenting and keeping a record of your belongings, it is much easier to take a video than it is to write everything down. As you video, you can describe want you’re seeing, providing any necessary details, such as when it was purchased or its monetary and/or sentimental value.
Another great tip is to take a picture of the back of your TV. Remembering how everything gets plugged in to the TV is a hassle—and you will forget which cord goes with which device. You can do the same with the back of your modem, router and computer, along with any other electronic devices. Take pictures of the configurations, and the mystery will be solved!
Zip It Up!As you get closer to your actual moving day, putting items like silverware, spices, kitchen utensils, markers, pencils, pens and small toys in giant Ziploc bags will save tons of sorting time when you get to your new home. And small Ziploc bags are great for keeping the hardware used to put your bed frames together. Simply tape the Ziploc bag with the hardware to the dissembled bed frame and you won’t have to wonder what hardware goes with what bed!
Keep Out the EssentialsRemember to put aside the clothes you want to have with you when you arrive at your new home, as well as jewelry, medications, household goods and anything else you might need in the first several days after your arrival.
For more tips and tricks or to help you find your new home here in Colorado Springs, please contact us at Colorado Springs Military Homes. We’re here to help!