Storage Solutions

Free time is getting very hard to come by as I get into the final stages of the move. The plan has changed a little. I’m still hauling the Casita to Stoney Crest on Wednesday, but now we’ll be sleeping in it as of Thursday night – all the bed stuff needs to be packed up Thursday so that when we have the moving truck Friday morning it’ll be ready to go.

I’m in my least favorite stage of packing, the part where things are pulled out of closets and drawers so that I can see what all I have, but before it’s all neatly stowed in boxes. It looks like a tornado has gone through the apartment and the roomie’s two cats know that something is up. The majority of tonight and tomorrow after work will be spent fixing this and getting things boxed up. It looks bad, but once I actually get going on it I don’t think it’ll take too long. I’ve done quite a bit of downsizing, and last night I came up with a system to make the problem of storage manageable.

I’ll be organizing my belongings into four different categories: Stuff that is going to be given away, either to friends or Goodwill, stuff that my parents will be holding onto for me for long term storage which in the short term will go to the storage locker until I can get it up there, stuff that needs to move into the Casita – which I’m trying to stay as light on as possible to avoid taking more than I need, and stuff that’ll go into the storage locker short term while I figure out if I need it or not for RVing.

The storage locker is going to be quite close to the Casita, so moving stuff to and from it during the initial adjustment period won’t be too painful. Using this method, I avoid accidentally selling something I may end up needing for RVing, but won’t need to worry about carrying more into the RV than is necessary. We’ll have the storage locker for the four months the roomie is going to be living with me, and that should give me plenty of time to work out what I do and don’t need. If I’d had the time to take trips in the RV and practice living in it before I needed to move out of my apartment this step may not have been necessary, this is just how it ended up playing out for me.

Aside from that, I had a lovely time with my parents this past week while they were visiting. There were trips to Hilton Head, Hunting Island, and Charleston, I even have photographic evidence of the later, as seen here. My dad brought down the walking stick that he carved for me, I can’t wait to use it when I start traveling and staying in more rustic campgrounds.

I am very thankful to have received help from two different sources this past week as well. First a friend of mine who lives in the area offered to do the sewing for cushion covers for the side dinette and curtains for the windows. It’s not that the cushions or blinds are in bad shape, but the fact that the roomie’s cat likes to scratch upholstery and will bend blinds to be able to see whats going on outside. Buying finished curtains and cushion covers would have been quite expensive.

Then I was contacted by a member of the Casita Forums who happens to live less than ten minutes away from me, who would have thought. He offered to drive out to my storage lot and take a look at my broken friction pad and offer other advice on the care and maintenance of Casitas. I met him and his wife on Sunday morning and spent a great hour discussing our favorite little trailer and got some very useful tips.

After they left, the roomie and I spent a good two plus hours cleaning the inside of the Casita thoroughly, knowing that it’d be much harder to do once we started moving stuff into it. The kitchen, bathroom, and cabinets got a full scrub down, the wood got polished, and the floor swept and cleaned with one of those swiffer mops that uses disposable damp cleaning cloths. While we were moving the cushions back inside it started to pour of course, and we tracked grass and dirt back in on the clean floor. Well, at least we tried.  We also brought some of our larger pots and pans with us, to see if they’d actually fit in any of the storage compartments.  It looks like they’ll fit in the cabinet above the microwave.

Oh, and my laptop arrived a good week and a half earlier than expected! As I don’t have a smartphone or tablet, this will be my way of accessing internet while on the road. The RV park I’ll be staying at has a free wifi connection , if connectability turns out to be an issue I’ll likely be purchasing a mobile broadband card through Millenicom in the future – but more on all of this later.

That about wraps things up, onwards to packing! As always, if you have any questions or comments post ’em below and I’ll answer.

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  1. Paul Francis Drake on April 26, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    Sorry Becky – meant to say get rid of piles 2 and 3 – don’t throw out the stuff you use every day!

    • Becky on April 27, 2012 at 7:50 pm

      Hee, I read it correctly anyway.

  2. Paul Francis Drake on April 26, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    A handy little system to deal with all of the “stuff” we all tend to collect, is that which I learned (but don;t necessarily always practice) iin Boy Scouts years ago – sort all of your “stuff” into 3 piles – (1) Stuff you use every day, (2) Stuff you use sometimes, and (3) Stuff you hardly ever use. Now, get rid of piles 1 and 2!!! Repeat process often!!!

    • Becky on April 27, 2012 at 7:49 pm

      Good tip Paul! Part of the problem I’m having is some stuff I will be taking with me in the Casita but not until the roomie leaves because there just won’t be space until then. It makes for a few more piles and confusion, but we have until the 30th to get everything out of the apartment and now all the big heavy stuff left on the truck so whats left is manageable.

  3. DannyH on April 26, 2012 at 11:33 am

    If your like me, your excited and scared at the same time. When I do something new and life changing, I always feel this way. It helps that you have done so much research to know what needs to be done. Congrats on getting this far, I thought you might have to wait for a year or longer to begin your journey. Looking foreword to reading what’s going on.

    • Becky on April 27, 2012 at 7:48 pm

      Thanks Danny! Yesterday and today have been crazy, the next two days look to be more of the same. I’m learning as I go, it’s a scary but fun process. 🙂

  4. Pleinguy on April 23, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    It looks like you have all the bases covered. Soon the transition will be complete and you’ll be getting acclimated to living in your new home. I’m glad you’re sharing the details, as it really helps future full-timers like me. Hope all goes smoothly for you.
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    • Becky on April 23, 2012 at 9:56 pm

      Thanks Plein. I’m glad to have you following along as you’ve helped me with some of the earlier issues that came up, I consider this to be a mutually beneficial relationship. 😛

      And of course I hope that your search for your Lazy Daze goes well later this year.

  5. Paul Francis Drake on April 23, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    Hi Becky! My new Wonder Wash was just delivered this morning! I’ve got it all put together (it was easy) and I’m going to give it a test run in a little while. First heard about this on Rae Crothers blog, Travels With Miranda. Certainly not going to replace real laundry facilities, but it should be handy for those times that real laundry machines are just too far away or difficult to get to.

    • Becky on April 23, 2012 at 9:52 pm

      Heya Paul! I follow Rae’s blog as well and the Wonder Wash has been on my Want list since I read about it on there months ago. Since I’ll have ready access to coin operated laundry (and a friend willing to let me do laundry at her place on occasion) it doesn’t make my Need list and I won’t be getting it right away, but it’s definitely something I’ll be considering once I’m on the road.

      Let me know how it works out for you though! The Youtube videos I’ve watched of it in action look pretty slick, definitely better for people who don’t need to do a lot of laundry at once however.

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