Defence Family Matters : September 2015
DFM 15 September2015 MOVING TIPS FROM THE EXPERTS—OUR READERS STEPHANIE MCNEILL We asked DEFENCE FAMILY MEMBERS to post their best PRACTICAL TIPS FOR MOVING on our Facebook page and they came up with SOME TERRIFIC IDEAS. M oving is part of Defence life and every family has their own ways of making the process as smooth as possible. Here are some of our favourite tips. Kelly-Anne said to hide the sink plugs from the removalists, so they’re still there for the next tenant. “We have taken those to the new house many times,” she said. Colleen suggested you make the beds first in your new location. “When you’re exhausted you can just flop into bed.” Felicity recommended transferring everything you don’t want packed or that you’re taking with you into the bathroom, shutting the door and putting a sign on it. “That way you save items being packed by mistake,” she said. Selena had a series of great ideas but we really liked her thoughts about sleeping in sleeping bags on the last night before moving, so linen could be washed, dried and packed. “Our kids loved it— camping in the house!” Kerry had a very practical tip in making sure you know your entitlements if something is broken in the move, especially if you’re in a remote location like Tindal. We think Ali might have spoken from experience when she said to put your pets in boarding kennels the day before the pre-pack and the day after delivery. “You know where they are when the movers have doors open all day and no pets go missing or get packed in the truck.” And, finally, we had the positive thoughts from Janelle, Cheree, Khristina and Vickie about relaxing, remembering the old, embracing the new and treasuring the journey. Life tips we can all use! n You can find out more about relocation entitlements in Chapter 6 of the ADF Pay and Conditions Manual. www. defence.gov.au/dpe/pac Moving is part of Defence life. Photo courtesy of Toll Transitions.