Military moves are never easy but are an inevitable part of this lifestyle. (See: DITY Move in 1 Week) My friend Joy gave me advice before she moved to Texas about creating a moving binder to keep things organized and easily accessible during a move. I thought it was a great idea and wanted to adapt the idea to work for us. I took some time to get together a moving binder so that when the time comes, whether it's weeks or months from now, I will be prepared. While a bit time consuming at first, the majority of the work is done for all of our future moves. All I will have to do is update new/changes in the binder. I love to-do lists so these lists are perfect for keeping me sane during moves!
To make my moving binder, I used a 1/2 inch binder and put everything below inside plastic sleeves. (That way I can use wet erase markers to cross items off the list and then just wipe it down after the move) My moving binder contains:
- To-do Lists for "Before Order Arrive", "Orders Arrive", "1 Week Before Move", "1 Day Before Move", "Day of Move" and "Arrival".
- Copies of all important documents:
-Social Security Cards
-Military Ids and Drivers License
-Power of Attorney
-Military Moving Forms
-Serial numbers for all big items (electronics, furniture, etc.)
-Photos of all big items (electronics, furniture, etc.)
-List of abbreviations the movers use
-Addresses and phone numbers for hotels/stops along the way
-Moving box color code sheet
-An empty sleeve for weight tickets, receipts, etc
Working on the moving binder helped me realize that while I may not know where or when we will be moving, there are plenty of things I can work on ahead of time to get prepared. The lists are pretty customized to our life/belongings (ie. no pets, our amount of stuff, etc) but might be a great jumping off point for you to get started. If you are interested in getting copies to make your own binder, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave your email in a comment below and I would be more than happy to send you my lists!