Greetings. As part of a military family, you know that moving, while stressful and complicated, is a necessary part of life. Aside from the technical and financial aspects of packing up life, there are a few helpful tricks you can use to streamline the process.

Once you catch wind that you’ll be receiving orders, you probably want to break out the boxes and start packing. Preparing before you even know where you’re headed will only cause you additional stress, however, so wait until you know your destination before you do anything major.

When it is time to get organized, create a binder for all your moving materials and other important documents you can’t afford to lose in the shuffle. Things like birth certificates, rental agreements and mortgage paperwork will be kept safe, and consolidating important files will save you hours of digging around.

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