Plan, Plan, Plan


Hot newsflash from the headlines of my life: planning ahead for a PCS during peak moving season is important.

 As in — more important than work, going to the pool, getting a tan in the hot Georgia sun, training for a triathlon and, yes, blogging here.

Go figure.

Generally speaking I like to make fun of the no brainer press releases organizations put out. But after last week I’m thinking that maybe I’m actually the person at whom these are aimed.  For example, here’s this gem from the DoD: “Planning Key in Peak Moving Season.”

Ya think?

Well, yes, now I do. But as of last Wednesday I thought dealing with a move that was about three months away qualified as big fat overachievement. And then my husband called with this: “They bumped our PCS. We’re moving in 30 days.”

Excuse me? 30 DAYS!? (15 of which I won’t be home). That makes the fact that I didn’t send in our housing paperwork until last week seem like, well, underachievement. Now being 90 on the housing list is no one’s fault but my own. And realizing that there is no way we can eat ALL of the food in our freezer in 30 days is, wait for it … also my fault.

So, friends, newsflash! Planning is key during peak moving season. Take it from me – and don’t forget.

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Amy Bushatz
Amy is the editor in chief of’s spouse and family blog A journalist by trade, Amy also covers spouse and family news for where she is the managing editor of spouse and family content. An Army wife and mother of two, Amy has been featured as a subject matter expert on, NPR, Fox News, NBC, CBS, ABC and BBC as well as in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post. Follow her on twitter @amybushatz.
  • Thirty days? Holy cow, good luck! I hope you’re able to get everything together in time. Maybe you can have people over to help clean out that freezer :)

  • Alexandra

    I’m going through the same!! With two small children and knowing no one here besides my hubby to help! Next time I hope I’m more prepared or at least have more time!

  • Tonya

    My fiance and I are still waiting our date. It has been months we know where we are going, but can not apply for housing until he gets his orders. It is frustrating because we have a house here we need to sell also. The military doesnt take our stresses into consideration. Hurry up and wait is very true!!!

  • Valarie

    I’m new to this…do you know what the days off military gets when they are staioned in Italy? I heard that the holiday schedule is different but I was wondering if you know where I can get a calendar. SOunds like planning is the key to a move. I’m trying to get this info fo rthat reason..thank for any help anyone can give me!!!