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August 20, 2009

Well, here we are. Time for the PCS… which means time for the PPSO folks and all their paperwork. And me, a PCS virgin and no husband to help me navigate…

But hey, that is what y’all are for… right? So, here it is, the manifest it all its anal-retentive glory… the cornerstone to my PPSO forms. Have you two met?


Now, it’s time to dish… Are you friends or not so much? Did you get along, or did he end up causing issues in the end? More importantly, do you have tips, tricks, comments or suggestions for ways to make friends with this beast? Room by room? Documentation via camera or video? Do I make a personal manifest? How much is too much? And how, exactly, do you weigh your clothes? What about all the STUFF that isn’t on the list? How detailed do you get? What if the blank spaces they gave you aren’t enough? And what exactly IS a German Shrunk Wall Unit???

So, I beseech you… please comment here and throw me any information, tips, ideas, experiences y’all have on this. I’m certain that this info will help more folks than just me and I promise to be ridiculously grateful! Bring it on Ladies… hit me with your best PPSO Shot!

4 Comments leave one →
  1. August 20, 2009 4:42 pm

    I’m useless on the paperwork (one of the advantages of not being married during our last move!), but I can tell you that a German Shrunk Wall Unit isn’t nearly as funny as it sounds — I think the form meant Schrank, or wardrobe/armoire.

  2. August 20, 2009 6:35 pm

    Schrank means closet in German. In most German apartments/houses there aren’t any built in closets, so you had to buy one. Americans LOVE those things, and they do make really nice entertainment/storage centers.


  3. August 20, 2009 6:40 pm

    Well, that is one mystery solved! Thanks Ladies!!!

    Now- tell me the magic of weighing your clothes…

  4. August 22, 2009 6:37 pm

    Before you pack a single box – get your camera (after it’s back from the repair shop) and get a video camera as well (rent/borrow if you don’t have one) and document every piece of furniture, front, back, sides, top and bottom. do a vid of each room, slowly. If you have good china, silver, crystal, glasswear, anything precious (you get the drift) lay it on a sheet covered table and take pictures, if anything has a mark, id numbers etc, take pictures of that as well. Then make a list (yes this is tedious as hell) and burn all this to a disc, hard drive or flash drive. send one disc to your parents or lock it up in a bank vault. keep one yourself. This is the list you keep, and can attach to the manifest. It has the marks, id numbers, the serial numbers of every piece of electronic equipment, everything. This is the real actual “this is what we own that you are moving for us” list. That manifest is the big picture.

    I don’t know about weighing clothes, I wouldn’t worry about that. Books are the big weight hogs… so be sure of each one you keep. anything you really really don’t want to lose, hand carry it.

    Make absolutely sure you have copies of all papers, E copies if possible. (start scanning now…)


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