Wednesday, December 7, 2011

12/6/11 - Avalanches

I cannot believe how much STUFF I have!  No matter how embarrassing, I must share that I have an entire double-car garage crammed full of boxes of STUFF! I am able to park my car in there, barely. Most of the STUFF has been in boxes since, well, for years.

Earlier this evening, while looking for a simple, stupid spiral - one of the walls of boxes came tumbling down. When I realized I could do nothing to stop it, I yelled "AVALANCHE" and the dogs and I scrambled out of the way. When the dust settled it looked like a small bomb had exploded.

I haven't gone through some of the boxes because the memories are painful, but mostly I haven't known what to do with it all. Now I do. I cannot wait to go through it and get rid of it. I am only keeping what I can use for my business, my mobile income. The rest either gets donated or will be sold. How wonderful is that?

I am amazed at how much STUFF I'm actually going to keep for now just to be functional in my sticks and stone home. For example, I have a cabinet and a set of shelves in the garage (opposite side from where the avalanche occurred). The cabinet holds all my dog supplies - towels, sheets, blankets, grooming and hiking supplies, etc. The shelves hold lawn & gardening supplies & tools, and paper goods. All of which I need right now but by the time I hit the road, I won't.
(BTW, where does one store extra TP, Kleenex, and paper towels in an RV? Do you just constantly stop, shop and restock one or 2 items at a time? I hate going into stores and shopping so that does not sound appealing to me at all. Hmmmm, must research travel/RV blogs more. Inquiring minds want to know.)

Back to the topic - I can completely strip my house of everything but the basics and it will still feel like excess. Compared to living in an RV, it is excess! Thinking about that, and looking at the mountains of STUFF I have to go through, makes me feel like a hoarder. And it makes me tired. Who knew that letting go of STUFF would bring on such an AVALANCHE of feelings? I'm ready to work through this process and let it go - all of it. Maybe avalanches aren't so bad after all.


  1. You are so funny!! I don't know about everyone else living this life, but I store my TP in the bathroom cabinet under the sink!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    And as for getting rid of the "stuff", as you go you will find it liberating!! And hopefully profitable!!

  2. If I was in your neck of the woods I'd come help you! I'm really good at that sort of stuff and sometimes another person can keep things moving along.

    What I did was make 3 piles: keep, get rid of, not sure. Once the get rid of stuff was gone I went back through the not sure (this took several go throughs), moving some of it to keep, others to get rid of and leaving some of it there.

    In time I found I had less and less and it wasn't painful at all.

    One problem I do have is that I'm storing a lot of stuff for my daughter right now. I'll be glad when she and her bf can get their own place... then I'll truly be living light :)

  3. @ Gatorep - you make me smile. Thank you! Hmmmm, storage under the sink in an RV... I guess that leaves Costco shopping out. Ha! Liberating and profitable - love, love, love those 2 words. :)

  4. @ Maria - you are the sweetest thing. I wish you were in my neck of the woods, or vice versa. That's a great system! Thanks for sharing. The fear of pain has been replaced by raging impatience to get it all done. Can't happen soon enough. What a roller coaster ride of emotions I am on! Sounds like you're a good mommy. Lucky daughter. :)

  5. Ok Debra... you've inspired me to get my own little apartment better organized! That's my assignment for today in fact - right after breakfast :)

    I'll let you know how it goes!

  6. @ Maria - It is great to hear that I've been an inspiration of any kind, on any level - especially to you! Ms. "Go Get 'Em Done" herself. :) Let me know how you did. As you can see from my latest blog, I'm struggling. Hopefully not for too much longer. You can be an inspiration to me! I look forward to your update. HugZ, D