Mentally preparing for a pandemic PCS

Oh hi! It’s been a while. I think my goal for this year was consistency…but let’s just go ahead and accept that 2020 had a wildly different plan for the year.

Anyways. If you follow along on my Instagram, you probably already know that we are gearing up for a PCS hopefully in the near future. We are still waiting for a few more pieces of paper to get signed before we know when exactly we will be moving, but we will be headed to Joint Base Lewis-McChord soon!

That said, mentally preparing for a PCS during a pandemic is a bit much some days. There is always a level of uncertainty when it comes to the military, but this just adds another level. As someone who likes to have a plan, and a backup plan, and a third string plan, these are a few things I’ve been doing to mentally prepare for a PCS during a pandemic.

Accept that plans change

If we learned anything from the first round of PCS madness when COVID first hit, it’s that everything can come to a screeching halt with little to no warning. Since we are moving to a state that is much more locked down than where we currently living, I am trying to be extra cautious about making plans.

Under normal circumstances I would already be looking for somewhere to live and making arrangements, but I do not want to get stuck paying for two houses!

Because we won’t have a house ready, it does mean we will spend longer with our stuff in storage and living in a hotel, but for me it’s worth the peace of mind. Oh and speaking of storage…

Get ready to DITY

Maybe this is only at Fort Hood…but everything is moving so slow that there’s no time to actually schedule movers. So everyone is DITY moving whether they like it or not.

Sure it’ll be nice when we get the check, but packing up my house with two wild kids is not what I’d call ideal. They tend to undo everything faster than I can do it. And hourly care is, of course, not an option due to COVID.

If you are facing a DITY move and don’t know where to start, follow along on our journey and also check out Mamas On The Move! She is an expert DITY mover.

We’ve already had to reschedule our truck once due to Fort Hood shenanigans, but at this point we have a UPACK trailer coming and they are going to put it in storage for us in Olympia. I’ll get into all that in another post after our move!

And last but not least…

Set aside money for your move

I know it’s easier said than done (especially with all the DFAS mess happening right now!) but if you are able, it will be beneficial to set aside as much extra funds as you can.

For our move, I’ve worked out an approximate cost for the move as well as our estimated reimbursement. That said, the reimbursement will happen on the Army’s time which means I’m not holding my breath.

With the uncertainty of finding a place to live, I’ve also been looking at the cost of storage and a place for us to stay while we wait to find a house. I think the Seattle area is one of the hottest housing markets in the US so I’m not super hopeful that this will be a fast process 

I guess that’s a long winded way of saying that this move is about to get expensive. By looking at the numbers ahead of time, I can at least try to get prepared and look at ways to balance expenses and reimbursement so we can (hopefully) not take too big of a hit financially!

The actual logistics of our pandemic PCS are a whole other beast, but that’s a story for a another day!

If you have a PCS coming up, comment below and let me know what you are doing to get ready! We are going to get through this y’all. I hope 

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