This is my final piece going over tips for a PCS move. Tomorrow, I will have some tips for surviving hotel life, which will benefit everyone – not just army/military families. Need to catch up? Check out my list of things to do before the movers come, and what to do while the movers are packing up your stuff.
And now, part three: What to do while the movers are packing up the truck(s).
Ok, it’s the big day: Moving day! Once the movers get there, talk to the truck driver about what areas to do first. We had them start upstairs so that we could vacuum and shampoo the carpets in the boys’ rooms as soon as possible. There is no reason why you have to wait until the movers are gone to start the cleaning process.
Dealing with the Kiddos in the Morning
The biggest tip I could probably give you for this stage is to get the kids out of the house. You might have been able to get by with them running about during the packing stage, but that’s just not going to work while the movers pack up the truck. Take this opportunity to go to that children’s thing you’ve been meaning to take them to. I took the boys to a trampoline park. It was awesome. Afterwards, we played in bouncy houses in the same building. If you don’t have some place you’ve been meaning to go to, the library is always a good fail safe. Just get them out of the house for a few hours. Pick up lunch on the way home, and you’ve got a productive morning. You’ll be amazed at how much was accomplished while you were gone.
Keep the Kiddos out of the Way – While at Home
When we got home, I set the pack and play up in our master closet (since that was the only area that was dark and quiet) so The Bean could take a nap. He slept, and The Munchkin played Minion Rush on the Kindle in a corner of the living room. Still there, but out of the way. Once The Been woke up, The Munchkin hung out in the closet with him, and The Bean stayed in the pack and play with an iPhone. Technology, man. It is your friend.
Clean as you Go
Just like with the upstairs, John and I vacuumed and shampooed the carpets downstairs in any room that the movers were finished in. Before we did that though, we made sure that everything was cleared out of it, so the mover’s didn’t have any reason to go back into those rooms. By the time the movers were done loading up the truck, we only had one carpeted room left to do. Besides sweeping and moping, all of your other cleaning should have been done the weekend before the move. If needed, you can give counter-top a wipe down, but you might not need to. It was amazing! We were done with our final cleaning two hours after the movers left!
Once you load everything up into the cars, you’re done! Wasn’t that easy? I hope these tips help you have an easier PCS! Let me know if you have any tips to add.