Living in Hawaii is cool but getting our stuff to Hawaii took about 6 weeks and it will take about the same amount of time to get it back to the mainland. Because of this travel time, we made the decision to have our stuff packed and shipped about a month before we move. We would rather be slightly uncomfortable on the back end of a PCS than at our new duty location. As it stands now, we will have a closing date on our house and our stuff available for delivery within days of each other. Pretty sweet timing.
But, we’ve been without our creature comforts for a while now. Since we’re OCONUS, we get rental furniture from housing but you can still live with minimal furniture CONUS if you’re doing a partial DITY move. We will still have an unaccompanied baggage shipment too so we have some pots and pans and other things in an attempt to stay comfortable.
Here are some tips for staying comfortable during a move:
1. Check out your ACS Lending Closet. I believe all the services have some kind of lending closet, even stateside. You can borrow plates, pots, pans, coffee makers. Whatever. We borrowed a high chair from them and were going to borrow a crib but they were all out.
2. Keep some pots and pans (or borrowed ones) and continue to work your normal meal routines. We’re still meal planning and cooking. We will soon be eating out every single day for dinner so getting home cooked meals for as long as we can is keeping things normal. Keeping a small rubbermaid of kitchen items in your car as you drive across country is also a good idea, you can cook if your hotel has a kitchenette and if you’re lucky enough to get into your new house before your stuff, you can stop the restaurant train in it’s tracks.
3. Keep up your life routines. On Thursdays, I do laundry. My washing machine is currently in a crate so I went to the local laundromat on Thursday and washed all our clothes. Hubs has kept up with his chores of sweeping and mopping on Saturdays. Our kids are kind of confused about what’s going on so keeping up normal routines is helping keep them at ease.
4. Save your pillow, blanket, and favorite stuffed animal. We’re on borrowed beds and they are not that comfortable. We have a king size bed. Do you know how hard is is to sleep in a full bed, 24 weeks pregnant, with your husband? It’s cramped. It feels different but we kept our pillows and blankets so we’re able to kind of stay comfy. The kids kept their sheets and stuffed animals. Even their nightlights. It’s making bedtime easier since even though the bed feels different, it still looks the same. Consider keeping a suitcase (everyone in your family is eligible to check 2 bags each) just for these lovely items to make your hotel even more “at home” and don’t forget to decorate your pillows.
5. Keep yourself busy. We cancelled our cable since our TV is packed and only have Netflix to entertain us. (side note: how do people live without cable?!?) Constantly having to pick and chose a TV show to watch is irritating to me since we’re watching TV on my computer and it does not have a remote. #firstworldproblems. We’ve been making plans during the day to keep ourselves out of the house as much as possible, checking off our bucket list and doing the things we know we will miss. This is your last hurrah at this duty location, don’t forget to do all the things you love!
Have you ever done an extended stay at your house without furniture? What tips do you have?