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.