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Thank you to our guest blogger, Rebekah Spotts!

Moving Day
Moving Day

The zen of moving: After 9 moves in 20 years, I’m beginning to take a zen approach to moving. Don’t get me wrong, I have my days where I will flip out, cry, stomp my feet even, but this IS the life I signed up for, so what’s a spouse to do? Create checklists! Not for my normal everyday life, that I can swing in my head, but every couple of years I need tasks in black and white.

That’s right, I love a moving checklist. I can project out what needs to get done up until and even after the movers drive away with our belongings. Medical records? Check. School records? Check. Carpets cleaned, windows washed, walls wiped, refrigerator moved & sterilized? Check, check, check & check!

When we moved here nearly two years ago, people were amazed I had the house set up in such a quick amount of time. Really? Is there a slow way to do it? An un-checklist way? I know that the first thing to take care of when unpacking are beds. And the last? Pictures on the wall. Everything else falls somewhere in between according to the checklist. As a military family, we too get our marching orders and we carry them out. Why waste time having stuff in boxes when the quicker we get done, the quicker we can get out and explore our surroundings? After all, there’s no telling how long we’ll be in any one place so we might as well take advantage of the area and jump right in.

There are plenty of places on the web to find moving checklists, but me? I prefer to go old school, drive to the post office and ask for theirs. It’s gotten me through this many moves and when I’m done, I’ll go back to a decidedly un-checklist life.

 

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Bekki is a 20 year Coast Guard spouse and former Coastie who has made sure her children know all 5 verses of the “Armed Forces Medley!”    She left the Coast Guard to pursue an advanced degree in Counseling and uses those skills daily with her children.  An avid runner, she completed the 2013 Marine Corps Marathon in under 4 hours while raising money for one of her favorite charities, “Operation Homefront.”  In her free time she volunteers as a Girls on the Run coach, FIRST Lego coach, and anywhere else her kids’ school needs her.

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