Annual Storage Unit Cleanup

About once a year I go into my storage unit and throw out a bunch of stuff. My dream is to have room in my storage to use it like a closet and allow my van to look like a normal car everyday without blankets, clothes, paperwork etc. in it. It hasn’t happened in the almost 4 years I’ve have been free-sleeping (AKA sleeping in my van) but I think this will be the year.

I SWORE when I started this job today that I’d be RUTHLESS and throw out almost everything. Naturally that didn’t happen. But I filled the van with stuff to throw away. It’s there now. The project for tonight is finding some dumpsters to throw the stuff in.

My storage unit is 5 ft by 5 ft by the way. Everything I own is either in there or in my van.

I’m at least halfway finished clearing it out. I have thrown away a TON of clothes that don’t fit me. I threw away a ton of canned food I was hoarding in case the apocalypse happened. I threw away three coolers…the kind you bring on a picnic to keep food cold.

It’s hard throwing these things away. What if I lose weight and need the clothes? I’m told that I should trust that I will have enough money in the future to buy whatever clothes I need. I guess the same goes for the apocalypse food. And well, I can’t for the life of me figure out why I bought not 1, not 2 but 3 coolers. It’s a mystery to me.

The very hardest is the books. Especially throwing away the ones that I haven’t read yet, the ones I should read so I can be a well rounded person. I threw a whole lotta books away today.

My friend reminded me that I could donate some of this stuff but I have this problem of running out of steam when I do this, just kind of collapsing after a couple of hours and if I make things to complicated, I’ll end up not finishing the job. Sooooo I guess I’ll have to hope the books, clothes etc., make their way into the right hands.

I found some “poetry” or maybe it’s prose I wrote a few years ago. It’s not that great but it means something to me. I am thinking about sharing it here. Maybe it will mean something to you, too.

About Maureen, Living in a Van

I'm a free-sleeper living in a van in the prettiest part of the world. I do this partly due to financial circumstances and partly because I love a good adventure.
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5 Responses to Annual Storage Unit Cleanup

  1. Lucy says:

    Storage unit of 5×5…I guess there is no much room for too many things in it !! I know the feeling, push, press, shove to fit more stuff in…LOL

    .My regards, Lucy.

  2. Ron says:

    Of course you should share it. You write very well. Put a shortie on Amazon. Get a two-story van, with a pool.

  3. Lee says:

    $70.00 per month x 4 years = $3,360.00 Is it worth it?

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