How to Keep a PCS-Ready Closet
Want to keep a PCS-ready closet year round?
Try taking a minimalist approach.
Why minimalism? Because you never know what your closet will look like in your next home.
The amazing walk in closet in your rural home may be replaced with a single dresser in your urban micro loft.
If you’re married to the military you have
probably hopefully come to terms with the fact that your going to be moving. And you’re going to be moving a lot.
An unfortunate milso reality is that moving into your forever home is not going to happen until your service member gets out.
You’re going to have to make housing compromises due to locality BAH, availability of housing, and whether you need a place “like right now.”
One of those compromises might be a smaller closet.
What is minimalism?
Minimalism is a lot of things. But at it’s center is the idea that the objects you own should bring you joy. And that the one’s that don’t bring you joy aren’t worth owning.
I know, I know, it sounds like some new age bullshit. And maybe it is.
For example, my washing machine doesn’t really bring me joy. It’s a front loader with a broken handle, that frequently gets a musty smell. I have to run it empty every few days so it doesn’t make my clothes smell like funk.
But… If I take a step back to gain some perspective, I am grateful that I have a washing machine. It means I don’t need to make trips to the laundromat.
If you’re familiar with pre/post-PCS purging, you already know a thing or two about minimalism.
Military spouses are more familiar with decluttering than civilians with deep roots. It’s fairly common for a military family to do a Pre-PCS-Purge or a Post-PCS-Purge.
But, PCS season is stressful enough without throwing purging into the mix. So it’s good to keep a PCS-ready closet year round.
Redirecting back to the PCS-ready closet
If you want to eliminate the PCS mayhem associated with cleaning out your closet, then you should organize and minimize all year round.
You can find my minimalist secrets to an organized closet here.
You should organize your closet based on what should move when.
Knowing what goes in your luggage, what goes in your express shipment (if you’re PCS’ing abroad), and what will be part of your household goods shipment is important.
A big part of this is separating seasonal items. Which is one of my Minimalist Secrets to an Organized Closet.
If you’re PCS’ing to Guam, you don’t need your winter clothing in your luggage or your express shipment. And if you’re PCS’ing to Alaska, you can send your bikini in your household goods shipment.
Another part of this is having a realistic idea of what you actually wear.
After I wash my clothing, I like to hang all the clean stuff in the center of my closet. This means the items I wear less end up on the sides of my closet. So when it comes to packing for a PCS or TAD/TDY, I can grab all the stuff in the middle and have all the things I actually wear.
Related post: 5 Reasons to Pack Light and 11 Ways to Pack lighter.
You should also have a handle on where all your expensive items are. And how much they’re worth.
Whether you decide to declare them as high value items or transport them yourself, you need to know where your valuables are before the pack out.
Be diligent in keeping track of your expensive items. And their appraisals.
For one thing…
If you’re sending valuables with your household goods shipment, all valuables need to be inventoried and the box with which they are packed in noted.
Having photos and appraisals of jewelry and high end fashion makes it easier to file a loss or damage claim with the Personal Property Office, or your insurance company.
For another thing…
If you’re taking your valuables with you, knowing what is in which piece of luggage is still important.
So you can insure your luggage for the appropriate value with the airline. Or file a Police report for stolen items to be recovered (if you’re confronted with that unfortunate scenario).
Take it from someone who got their luggage stolen mid-PCS.
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