I achieved something of a milestone today in our settling into our new home in Texas, even though it’s taken me more than fifteen months since we got here! I’ve finally finished opening every single box that we brought down and stored in the garage. I’ve been discarding everything we don’t need (as a rule of thumb, if we haven’t needed it since we got here, out it goes, headed to the local thrift store). Things we do need, or things of which we have multiples (how the heck did I end up with five – five!!! – corded drills?), have been sorted into larger boxes and stacked to one side.
(Yes, I know many of you would rather I was busy writing. Sorry about that, but with my current kidney stone problems not yet dealt with, I’m popping more painkillers than usual, and I find my creative muse takes flight while they’re in my system. Not long now, I hope.)
So far I’ve emptied (permanently) more than 30 totes, which are all stacked to one side, and no less than 67 cardboard moving boxes, all of which have been flattened and tossed out with the garbage. Some of the empty totes will be used to receive the things we need as I sort them out from the larger boxes, and stored on shelves. A few of the rest will be stored against future need, while the remainder will go to friends or the thrift store in due course.
Because of the semi-itinerant way we’ve lived since getting married, I’ve had boxes I packed in Louisiana for our move to Tennessee, and never opened since. Doing so now has been a real eye-opener. For example, I’ve just finished sorting through all the flip-top ammo boxes I’ve accumulated over the years. Apart from those actually in use, I had almost a hundred empty ones! I’ve filled a small tote with a reserve of a few boxes for each of my major cartridges, and tossed all the rest into a larger tote. I’ll let our friends pick them over for anything they need, and probably take the rest to Blogorado in October. I’m sure our shooting buddies there will help dispose of them in short order.
As a matter of fact, I might have to pack a couple of totes with ‘door prizes’ for everyone at Blogorado. I’ve got far more than I need in the way of flashlights, knives, holsters, ammo boxes, magazines, and so on. (When and where did I pick up a dozen or so early-model straight-sided 20-round M16 magazines, and why?) If I can free up thirty or forty good items, I’ll take them all up with me in October. We can have a “Pick one as your name is pulled out of the hat” sort of event one evening (followed, I daresay, by heavy bargaining and swapping, which is half the fun!).