Finding your style in Military housing!

I can’t speak for other branches of the military but I know in the Army you either get the eggshell color or white walls. So OK you have just moved into a new house to you on your military installation.! CONGRATS! Ok ~ so maybe not, maybe you are tired of living in the same 4 white walls you have seen before, at previous post, especially before the privatization took over, it was all the same color “off white” or egg cream color. “They must have had a sale on that paint or something.” It has been the same color paint, and same color carpet at each base we have been stationed at for the last 10 years, I am sure they are going to run out soon 🙂

Well you all know that the military has just about given up all housing control to private civilians who run things. On some of the bases they are making new houses and up dating all the codes etc. So great you are starting out with a wonderful canvas. Use candles, flowers, bowls of fruit, buy nice cushions, use all of the decor highlighting that you can, it doesn’t need to be expensive – expensive only gets broken in the moves! Buy nice but cheap, stuff that you like now, but probably won’t in a couple of years – it doesn’t matter – you’ll be moving then anyway! You can buy cheap frames. You can always paint or decorate them to your theme of the house. Change pictures with the seasons. 

Think of it as an opportunity to change your decorating style every couple of years, try new things out, eventually you will find your own unique style and when you do then at least you won’t always be wondering if you prefer some other style, but have purchased lots of expensive items which you now can’t afford to change

Now you know you can paint your house, you just have to prime it back to a white before you move out! That’s so simple to do! Ok through my series of blogs you will see different decoration styles that we are going through. Maybe you just might like something and decorate your house

United Through Reading

I have had the opportunity to work first hand with United Through Reading. My first encounter was when I was a FRSA in the 82nd, I got the program set up and approved by my commander for them to use down range. It was successful, they Chaplain got to video tape the soldier’s reading books to their kids, and then send the DVD and book home to the child, it was a SUCCESSFUL program. We even had a book drive and received several books to send down range. I recommend everyone trying this program out when their loved ones are not at home.

The United Through Reading Military Program helps ease the stress of separation for military families by having deployed parents read children’s books aloud via DVD for their child to watch at home.This powerful program is available to all deploying military units and at select USO locations. It provides parents a chance to make powerful and lasting connections with their children and parent from afar. The program is sponsored through participating commands/units and hosted at select USO centers.

Renter’s Insurance while living on Post

So let me give you a story when we lived in KS of why I decided to get renter’s insurance.

So we lived in Burnside Heights in Fort Riley. The apartments were 8 in a building, 4 upstairs 4 downstairs. They were all connected to each other. Thankfully it wasn’t my house that caught fire, or my apartment building, but it was a friend of a friend. She left her stove unattended, she lived upstairs. Her kitchen caught fire, burned through to the first floor and just did a lot of damage and structural damage. It damaged the entire half of the building, with the water from the fire trucks and smoke.

So I was like ehh no big deal, well no it was a HUGE deal. The military found her negligent and put her out of her house. Since it was her fault she had to pay the damages which was like 100,000 or so worth of damages. I made sure to add for structural damage too.

Since she didn’t have renter’s insurance she lost everything. It was a huge mess, I felt so bad for her and her child. So that’s when I decided to get renter’s insurance, and it doesn’t cost much, but at least I know I have my insurance so if something happens we can get it recovered.

Just for your information, Picerne has renters insurance on all their homes now and it has increased to $20,000.