When moving to a new area as a military family it can be quite overwhelming. There are so many things to think of and take care of when moving. Getting settled in is important to families and can be done quicker than you think. Take into consideration these few tips to help you in your move:
Get to Know the Community
First off, it is very important to get to know the area around you. Learn where the important places like banks, hospitals and grocery stores are when you first move in. Take some time to drive around and learn the area. You are much more likely to be comfortable and feel settled when you know the area. This can be a simple drive around the city or area you are moving to before hand or doing it on a Sunday afternoon. Either way be sure to take time out to learn where your important places are from your home.
Start Unpacking the Home
Next, you should think of the best ways to unpack your home. When you are living out of boxes it never truly feels like home. This should be on the top of your to-do list. Easing the unpacking process starts when you are packing. Be sure to label the boxes so they can be properly placed when moving in. When you get the boxes to your new home start with putting them where they belong. If you stage them in the areas they will be placed it is much easier to unpack. Focus on one room at a time. It is overwhelming when you are trying to get your house in order. By taking the time to focus on one room at a time you will not be overcome by the stress and can have room by room in order and beginning to feel like home.
Storing Extra Items
Another great way to help while you’re getting settled in is to make use of a self storage unit. A few years ago, I knew a military family that moved from New Orleans to NAS JRB Fort Worth who wisely decided to a rent an inexpensive storage unit near Dallas while they house hunted off-base. You can place larger items (or those that might be in the way) in storage for safe-keeping until you’re ready for them.
Moving around and getting settled is different areas can be a big part of a military family. Use these tips to help make the transition smooth and seamless.