Our to-do list is a nightmare. Seriously. It is all over the place. But Conor found this great tool for keeping us organized and on the same page: Wunderlist. We can both access the app and add info/notes when one of us checks something off, even if we’re apart. One-stop access is so nice because some days I feel like we are chickens running around with our heads cut off. I definitely recommend it for anyone organizing a move, vacation, adventure, etc when multiple people are involved in the planning process. (www.wunderlist.com)
Here’s just an outline of what we are dealing with over the next few weeks:
- Before we move out:
- Get orders
- Figure out what DITY move entails
- Boxes for storage/move
- Storage for short term/long term in both California and (hopefully) North Carolina, maybe PODS?
- Send stuff not going into storage to our families in Seattle
- Move-out paperwork with our housing office (Lease ends March 31!)
- Sell furniture on Craigslist
- Make 5,000 more trips to the donation center…
- Clean ENTIRE HOUSE
- Move-out inspection at the end of March
- Living in limbo (in California still):
- Air BNB or month-to-month apartment lease if we have to stay in California through April or May?
- Transfer medical records
- Any last-minute vet/doctor/dental appointments
- Auto appointments for the cars
- Sell Conor’s car
- TAXES (shit, almost forgot about those)
- Forwarding/change of address for mail
- Obsessively look at boat listings and daydream about fast-forwarding to the fun part
- Heading to new duty station:
- Contact boat brokers in the area, start the boat search!
- Road trip across the country/where are we stopping? I vote Nashville!
- How much PTAD leave can Conor take?
- Military move reimbursement?
- Getting the BOAT!:
- Meet with broker, look at possibilities he or she has found for us
- Pick the right boat
- Contact surveyor and have them check everything out
- Get boat loan
- Liveaboard insurance
- Boat insurance
- Reserve slip at marina
- Get our boat delivered
- FINALLY MOVE IN!
Have a headache yet? Welcome to the club. Those are just the big things on the list, not to mention the smaller day-to-day stuff that pops up. There will be a lot more detail added to the “Getting the Boat” section once we get closer. We just have to stay on top of everything and take it one step at a time.
Taylor and Conor