Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Clutter (Home Day 1)

We took so much stuff to the Grand Canyon that in order to sleep in the car at Death Valley, we had to unload everything into a picnic table. I though about adding a roof top carrier to the car, but then we couldn't go through car washes.

Clearly, we had to de clutter. Peter Walsh suggests asking, "Does this item or thought or response move me closer to my vision for my best life? If it does, great. If it doesn't, what is it doing in your life?"

So, we went through everything. I simplified my wardrobe and decided to take only navy blue sweatshirts that match everything. Only four changes of clothes. No jewelry. The average precipitation in Yellowstone is only about 1.5 inches in the months that we will be there, so no rain boots.

However, the biggest cut eliminates 1 suitcase of tools, 2 totes of canisters, and 1 camp stove. We haven't cooked in camp in years and aren't bringing the supplies on the off chance that we want to cook. Luckily, the utensil, fuel, and stove were purchased from REI within the last year, so we were able to return them.

If we can't reduce everything so that it can fit inside the car while we are sleeping, we'll need to buy a tail veil To put the excess in. More stuff to hold the stuff!

Tomorrow, we gave a practice run at fitting things in the car.

Meanwhile, the fine soil from the Grand Canyon clung to the tent footprints, so Mule ended up washing them in the washing machine. They came out clean.

I started cleaning the inside of the car, but it still has debri and fine dust. it's going to be a challenge. Last night, I tried using sticky tape on the passenger front seat floor; but since then I lost the roll of tape. :)

At least, we washed it, so it won't become dirty car art.

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