Mudcat Café message #2569604 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #118227   Message #2569604
Posted By: wysiwyg
17-Feb-09 - 07:46 PM
Thread Name: BS: February Declutter - keep the faith!
Subject: RE: BS: February Declutter - keep the faith!

AND I can load and unload all these things mySELF.


I started this when I was driving across to Chicago on a regular basis to take respite-care of Hardi's ailing Dad. There was this one motel halfway along, where I'd stop overnight-- I forget how I found it, but it had a pool three steps away from my fave room, and the path to the parked car was also a VERY short distance, on the flat-- so I started using the car as a closet and ONLY unpacking what I needed when I needed it.

Over several years' trips, what I needed started to miniaturize, and I got very good at packing so that I could find ANYthing I might need, and get ONLY that item. Bop out to get an item, just like going into the next room in my house, really.

Now I make sure I can ALWAYS travel like that-- not necessarily with the flat terrain, but the division of things into small kits and bags that, themselves, fit into larger bins or bags. I CONTAINERIZE everything..... Easily toted in large loads or easily rifled for small needs.

And so I no longer bring it all into the room where I am staying. The van is my spare room! It's also set up to sleep in as needed, of course, in warmish weather or for winter road emergencies.

But the BEST de-clut these days is the musical one, and it's entirely thanks to our dear Olddude for sending me a notebook. No more autoharp and plethora of playing furniture to play it the odd way I do-- all that stays now at CHURCH, and all I need, traveling, is my vocal cords and my notebook.