Mr. Noodle

Mr. Noodle
Mr. Noodle

Sunday, May 22, 2011

paring down our life

I have to say it is a really cathartic thing to go through every single thing you own and decide what is worth transporting across the continent. Given the space of only two pick up trucks, one big and one small, what do you take? What gets left behind?

Dan's departure is imminent. He'll be leaving probably on Tuesday now, and I will have the mammoth task of divesting of the rest our things. While it may seem like a horrendous chore, I assure you that this is something I have been wanting to do for a long time, needed only a reason to do it.

We have a massive living room. On Friday night, we decided we would divide the room up into four zones: things going with Dan to NC, things going with me to NC, things to get rid of, things that will go back to or stay in Victoria (at Dan's parents' house).

Another zone that emerged: garbage/recycling. Question of my readers: any idea what I should do with all these jars? There is no glass recycling in Ucluelet or Tofino, and I haven't been able to just throw this stuff away. Now I have a mass of jars that have no destination at the moment. I'm thinking about taking them to a recycling place in Port Alberni the next time I go through.

We were going to have a garage sale on Saturday. But by late Friday night and early Saturday morning it became clear that there was no way we were going to be ready. At first we decided to postpone it for a day, then we just decided to clear out the garage, move all our getting-rid-of-stuff in there, and have a garage sale at some point later, after Dan leaves. I think that is the best way to go. I wasn't looking forward to suddenly having a garage sale this weekend, the last weekend I'll see My Sweety before he goes.

My plan then is this: I have a longish list of people to invite to come pick over the stuff before offering it up for sale. I'm sure I could get good money for lots of these things but really I just want to be rid of them. And I think it will be a good way to get stuff moving fast. Any books that don't sell, I think I'll take them to the library. The book stores around here offer only credit, I hear, and that won't do me any good. Not unless they have a North American road book.

At any rate, as we are going through our things, it is coming clear that we will be taking a lot less stuff than we thought, and we are rather pleased with ourselves about this. Our bare bones minimum will be less than stuffed-to-the-gills. That will mean better gas mileage and an easier drive.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Stacy, this is Jason. It's late night and I am only able to take a quick glance for the moment. I can tell you, I am very excited with what I've read so far. This would be only the second blog I've followed - the other is "Life of an Architect".

    It's way more fun when you actually know the person who is writing :)

    Advice? Don't take anything. Trade in the truck for a convertible, drop the top, and cruise. Haha, I know... how could you enjoy the ride, knowing all your stuff is behind you?

    I'll check out the rest when I get back to Ucluelet this weekend.