Stress-free Military Move: DIY Moving PCS Binder

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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!
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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:
                -Birth Certificates
                -Social Security Cards
                -Passports
                -Military Ids and Drivers License
                -Insurance
                -Marriage Certificate
                -Power of Attorney
                -Car Titles
                -Car Insurance
                -Orders
                -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
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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 wearereddy@gmail.com or leave your email in a comment below and I would be more than happy to send you my lists!
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60 comments

  1. Saving this!! I was so in denial about moving to California that I had Ben handle it all! He did a fabulous job, but my OCD-ness will never be able to handle that again!

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  2. This is a great idea! For our two moves last year, I had lists upon lists. The binder makes it more organized.

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  3. i don't know how my mom did it moving us every three years, maybe she had an awesome binder like this but i never saw it...

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  4. Oh man, hook me up with some copies! I'm so Type B it's ridiculous, so I'd rather just pay someone else to do it all for me.. but I still feel like having copies of this will come in handy sometime! You are amazing!

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  5. I would love to have some copies! Moving in May! Thank you so much.

    jamiew86@sbcglobal.net

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  6. I would love to have some copies if you are still sending them out. Moving in the next few months.

    Ashley.greenwald226@gmail.com

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  7. I would love a copy if you still have them! Thanks:)

    Philosurfy at gmail.com

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  8. I would love a copy if you'd send it, this list is invaluable! Great tips thanks!

    linleyval@yahoo

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  9. I would love a copy of this! romanielloali@gmail.com Thanks!!

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  10. So need these copies!
    jackiejilg@yahoo.com

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  11. Doing my first PCS and this is great tips. Love the abbreviation list. Would love to get copies if you are still sharing. Thank you. mbluhm22@gmail.com

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  12. I would love to have a copy! I've been searching for something to use as basic guidelines for a few weeks now and haven't found any as good as yours! Thank you so much! hicks-k@hotmail.com

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  13. Hi! I would love a copy of the documents! Moving from Texas to Maryland is February! Thanks so much! :)
    Kellyweber7@gmail.com

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  14. I would so love a copy!! Thanks so much!
    carlaecarlos4@gmail.com

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  15. This is a must have! Thanks s omuch for making this!! Can ou send a copy to bkflanagan@icloud.com!1 Thanks again :)

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  16. I'd love a copy as well! bmcneal122@gmail.com

    Thank you!

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  17. I would love a copy! pjburr14@gmail.com
    Thanks!

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  18. Would love copies!!!! Going on our 3rd PCS in less than 6 years! Moving to Hawaii! Love your checklists! killion.stacy@gmail.com

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  19. Would love copies please this is my first PCS and I have a month and a half. thelma_la_bonita@yahoo.com Thanks!!

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  20. I would love a copy of your lists! This will be our 8th PCS, and the first time I am trying to go about it in a semi-organized manner. :) audandjared@hotmail.com

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  21. If you are still sending out copies of this, I would love a copy! smdungan11@gmail.com Thanks so much!!

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  22. This is my first PCS move and I need help. Please email me a copy to jadspragg@gmail.com

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  23. I would love a copy of your lists. Please email me a copy at waterelfjr@yahoo.com THANK YOU!!!

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  24. I would love a copy of your PCS Moving Binder! Please email me a copy at JH.JS.LEONARD@gmail.com. Thanks so much!!!

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  25. I would love to have copies!!!

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  26. I would love copies too!! Thank you so much!! meektorrence87@gmail.com

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  27. I would love a copy too please! emilyemckean@yahoo.com :) thank you so much!!!

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  28. If you are still sharing, I would love a copy! Thanks! brittnmiller@gmail.com

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  29. Me as well! We are PCSing overseas to Germany! joannambender@yahoo.com

    Thank you so much! This is the best list I have seen so far.

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  31. I would like a copy if possible. Thank you!

    lforgm@yahoo.com

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  32. Would LOVE to have copies! Husband and I are going to Okinawa soon (he is in the Army) and I am super OCD when it comes to moving and having things organized. livelynarutard@gmail.com

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  33. If you are still sending them out I'd love copies! Thank you! nicole803@yahoo.com

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  34. Aloha. Love your blog! I would greatly appreciate a copy. PCSing from Hawaii to Yokota in April. Thanks so much! somebunny808@gmail.com

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  35. Hi. This blog is so helpful! Can you please send me a copy at lyn.mendaros@gmail.com Thank you!!!

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  36. May I have a copy? kara.cheney@gmail.com

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  37. We are getting ready to move from Japan back to Florida and I would LOVE to have your lists!! Please e-mail mea copy :) t.pramik91@gmail.com

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  38. I'd love a copy! Getting ready to PCS in June. joannapyles@gmail.com

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  39. Hi there! I would love to please get copies of this!!!! Kzolnar@yahoo.com . Thank you so much :)!

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  40. Please send me copies, and make me the happiest type A wife and mom around!
    demauro.amanda@gmail.com

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  41. Can you please send me copies to make a PCS binder. This is my 5th PCS and I'm finally getting organized! Thanks so much!
    brkj8@aol.com

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  42. You're so creative! I love it! I'm so busy with work and PCS being throw at us last minute, 2 months away. Will you email me the PCS Binder, it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you! julia.gerick@gmail.com

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  43. I'd love a copy!! alliemorland@hotmail.com
    Thank you so much!!

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  44. Hey girl! I would love a copy of this as we're getting ready to move across the country. Thanks so much for putting this together! sarrfaith@gmail.com Thank you!!

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  45. Count me in for a copy please! korty_d@yahoo.com

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  46. Hi! Need all the help I can get moving, if still available I would love a copy, Thanks a mil!! misantillan@gmail.com

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  47. This is my first Coast Guard move with my husband and we are moving from Elizabeth City, NC to Humboldt County, CA. I am SO nervous. I would love for you to email me a copy. Though I think I am a little behind. Movers come June 7th, and I have no clue where to start.

    j_wagner79@yahoo.com

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  48. I would really like to have a copy of this :) depaola.a@gmail.com

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  49. I'd love a copy of the lists! kmel0319@gmail.com

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  50. Sam,

    I would LOVE copy of this. We are about to PCS from Charleston, SC to flight school in either Mississippi, Texas, or Oklahoma (they are dragging their fee on issuing orders) but in the meantime I would like to be as prepared as possible. Thanks in advance, and welcome to South Carolina!!!!

    shelliwhitlock@gmail.com

    Best,

    Shelli

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  51. I would LOVE copy of this!! It would really help this first time PCSer!! Barnett_se@aol.com.

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  52. can i get a copy as well?? lbatchler2008@gmail.com

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  54. I would live a copy! Thanks! Nyhouse416@gmail.com

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  55. Stressed about our upcoming PCS would love sheet copies!! airforcewife0587@yahoo.com Thanks!!

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  56. im planning my first PCs move from Germany to Hawaii

    i would love to have that binder if thats ok?
    nadine.sabrina.thomas@gmail.com

    thank you so much for your great work and effort!

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  57. Would love to have this!! Moving next month for the CG! kelseykellner@gmail.com

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  58. pleas send to me cooperm321@gmail.com

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  59. This is exactly what I have been searching for, I would love a copy!!
    morgan.bowles94@gmail.com

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  60. Nicole L.
    I would love copies we are pcsing overseas and it's our first! Email is 1989countrygirl@gmail.com

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