Should It Stay Or Should It Go?

September 9, 2016 0 comments

So It Begins!

The time has come to purge ourselves of everything that is non-essential to our new lifestyle of living on a 31 foot boat!

Seems like an easy task, right? I’m sure you can imagine everything that we have to do in order to downsize, so I won’t go into too much detail, but it’s definitely not as quick of a process as we had hoped.

At the moment, we’re living in a two bedroom apartment that is roughly 650 square feet.  In comparison, our new floating home will be less than 200 square feet.  At first I thought the transition wouldn’t be too difficult.  Moving from a small apartment to a small boat shouldn’t be a big deal, right?

Uhm, no.

It wasn’t until Dave and I were on the boat digging through all of the tight, oddly shaped spaces that I realized I was sooo wrong.   This is going to be tough.

Should It Stay Or Should It Go?

Let me remind you, this is what we’re working with… minus the mess. Notice the small drawers, small shelves and weird shaped EVERYTHING.

 Make Way

Before we can function as minimalists, we need to get rid of a lot of STUFF.

So far, we’ve been successful in cleaning out the inside of Alli Oop to make space for the things we’ll actually need aboard to live, like: food, clothing, water, medical supplies, safety equipment and of course, Darby, the sailing panther.

In the middle of all of this “cleaning” I couldn’t help but wonder what our new living arrangements would really be like:

  • How much of our stuff is actually going to fit in the boat? 
  • How will we organize everything?
  • Why is all storage space in the boat completely awkward and impossible to actually store ANYTHING in?
  • Where am I going to put x, y, z…
  • Why are we doing this, again ?
  • Am I going to hate this?
  •  Am I in the process of sabotaging my life?    

These are all questions I have yet to answer, but I’ll let you know when I’ve figured it out 🙂

Should It Stay Or Should It Go?

Pile #1 from port side

Should It Stay Or Should It Go?

Pile #2 from starboard side – old berth cushions….EW.

Don’t Forget the Apartment…

In addition to cleaning out the boat, we’re also in the process of cleaning out our apartment. We’ve been trying to sell items on Craigslist in order to make some extra cash for the cruising kitty, and so far, so good.  As of now, this is what our “to sell” list looks like. Items that are crossed off are the things that we’ve sold (yay!) or given to family:

  1. Sofa and matching chair
  2. Coffee table and end tables
  3. Old dingy
  4. Ottoman
  5. Computer chair
  6. 4 3 tables
  7. 2 bicycles
  8. 1 guitar
  9. Kitchen table and chairs
  10. Bedroom set
  11. Kitchen gadgets
  12. Other random stuff we haven’t even thought of yet                 

During Labor Day weekend we’d planned to drive out to Johnstown for a second wedding reception (which was pretty fun) so we figured we’d get a trailer, pack up the things we wanted to keep or give to family and take it along with us. Dave and I spent about six hours packing up a 6×12 trailer to capacity, but we still have so much stuff left in the apartment. I don’t understand.  Somebody make me understand. Where does this stuff come from?

Should It Stay Or Should It Go?

Goodbye, Stuff!  Hello 4.5 hr drive.

The Leftovers

As of now, we have our foam mattress to sleep on and whatever is left over from our “to sell” list that hasn’t sold.

Basically our apartment looks like a small bomb went off. The perimeter of our bedroom is piled up with clothes and boxes of crap. When I get up in the morning, I actually roll out of bed and onto the floor.  It’s not pretty.

The next step? Donate, trash or try and sell the rest of our things in order to move out of our apartment at the end of the month.  See you then!

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