Since my husband is in the Air Force, we PCS a lot. PCS, for those who aren't familiar with the term, stands for permanent change of station. It basically means moving.
So far, we've lived at the following:
Offutt AFB, Nebraska
RAF Lakenheath, England
FE Warren, Wyoming
Tinker AFB, Oklahoma
And most recently we moved to Joint Base San Antonio in Texas.
We've had all sorts of moves: some went smooth, others were a bit crazy.
Here are some things that can happen during a PCS:
1. You realize things are broken when you unpack them. It's a bummer when you find glass smashed in your curio cabinet or a drawer that has been snapped.
2. You're surrounded by boxes and wonder how you accumulated all this stuff.
3. You find that the movers packed your trash and your new home now reeks of old cheese.
4. You're missing a key piece to put together a bed. It's nowhere to be found. This means you have to go to Lowe's and get something that sort of works, but not really, so the bed sort of leans weird.
5. You realize some of your belongings have been stolen. It feels like a kick in the gut, especially if it meant a lot to you.
6. The movers might be all, "Ha, sorry, cannot deliver you items until a month later. Have a great day!"
When this happens, I'm grateful that companies like CORT Furniture Rental exist. CORT is a place where you can rent furniture for all the rooms in your house. They have all sorts of gorgeous choices. I especially loved the Chartres with Campton living room:
The Oakbrook Rectangular Dining Room was lovely too:
And great news! Military members have packages starting at $139 a month. So if you have a home but the movers won't deliver for a while, no problem! You can remain there and have quality furniture. Or you might decide to start all over, sell your old furniture, and rent all new furniture to go with your new home.
You can learn more about CORT by watching this video:
Have you ever gone through a crazy PCS where everything seemed to go wrong?