Sometimes I would drive past beautiful houses, with the garage doors closed, and the cars parked outside. “That garage if full with stuff” was my thought. Little did I know how much stuff was inside our closets …
We moved a lot. Really. And I had this feeling that on each move, we got rid of things we were not using anymore (“Stuff”). Partially true. In our last land based home, we still had quite a bit of Stuff inside.
The issue compounded when we decided for this change in our lifestyles. All of a sudden, things that served us on our land-based lives would simply not justify their keeping onboard. And the cost of storing some of them simply outweighed their own value. They turned into Stuff.
Our case is particular, because of the change in lifestyle. But that got me wondering … the amount of resources one spends in life because of Stuff. Some things are Stuff already at the origin (do we REALLY need that?). Others turn into Stuff according to circumstances (toys or clothes outgrown by the kids, for instance). We really need to take the Reduce-Reuse-Recycle mantra close to heart.
Well, back to OUR stuff … it took us more than a month to go through all our possessions, and define what would go to storage, what would come with us onboard, and what would be donated or disposed of some how. At the end, what went to storage or onboard was less than half of what got into the apartment originally.
Stuff is everywhere. I also had Stuff at work. On each of my relocations, I would often carry a handful of boxes. Items would be stored in the new place, and never touched until the next relocation.
And then, you’ve guessed it, I got to Pesto and found Stuff hidden in her – aaaaahhh!