With four and a half months left, I decided it was time to get serious about my storage unit. After the divorce I got rid of about two-thirds of my worldly possessions. My objective now is to cut the remainder down by another two thirds. I need to move from a 10’ x 25’ storage unit to a 6’ x 10’ cargo trailer. Before, downsizing was simply a matter of what I could live without. But now I have a series of projects to be completed before minimizing my stuff as thoroughly as I need:I have to paint new fishing lures and cast anchor weights before putting the lead melter in long-term storage. I have to fix my FM transmitter before packing up my soldering iron and electronics parts. I have to find a home for the lumber before disassembling the small office area I built in the storage unit.
I spent the weekend earnestly whittling down the to-do list and organizing the storage unit into short-term and long-term storage. On Christmas-eve I’m renting a U-Haul trailer to take a load of stuff to put in long-term storage at my parents’ house in Portland. I feel a bit like Santa carrying a load of presents. Perhaps I should don a red cap for the trip.
One of the major projects I completed this weekend was adding a new layer of rubber to the dingy. West Marine sells a liquid rubber for reinforcing dingys, but I got a gallon of same stuff (EPDM liquid rubber) used for roofing for a third of the price instead. I knew I’d use less than half, so I gave Andy the gift of liquid rubber for Christmas. Our little boats will last much longer now that they have more protection against barnacles and rocks.
As May slowly approaches I’m getting more excited. I still have a lot to do, but plenty of time to get it all done. I’ve planned my work and I’m working my plan. Four and a half months till freedom!