We aren't hoarders, pack-rats or pickers.
Compared to a lot of decorators we know, we're minimalists.
Over the years we've given away tens of thousands of dollars worth of stuff.
In our years of being semi-nomadic, we've learned to live without a lot of our creature comforts and things that one can hold onto staying in one place or at least one city or state.
However, the fact that we are both decorators with access to a lot of free or hugely discounted stuff and that our last official residence was a 4200 sq. ft. house with a 3 car garage and a backyard, and we do have our collections, notably art and books, and then there's the tools of our trade which depending on my position can run the gamut and of course my whole jack-of-all trades spectrum of interests and the paraphernalia for them that I've gathered along the way, and I might add the home school aspect which has meant creating class-rooms and laboratories in a number of residences.
Given all that, it is amazing we have as little as we do.
That being said.....
We've got stuff in a storage facility in LA, at prop-houses in New Orleans and Atlanta, another rental facility in Atlanta, a small trailer at a friend's also in Atlanta as well as belongings at our apartments in NOLA and Atlanta. We will be moving out of both of these in the next few months and have little idea as to what our next living situation will be.
Trying and Tying Up Loose Ends
A big part of our last road trip to NOLA was to go through our stuff at the prop house and our apartment to figure out what we could part with and then haul the rest off so that Cindy wouldn't have to drive a 5-ton back.
And that sort of worked out. I was successful in getting all of our stuff out of the prop house as well as organizing the stuff in the apartment and loading up the Rav. Cindy will probably end up driving stuff back instead of flying.. we'll see Until then, a quick little story.....
You Get What You Pay For
Leaving your belongings at places other than those private-for-hire storage spaces, that have become all the rage these days, can come with unforeseen costs and complications. Often brought on by less than adequate vermin protection. Such was and quite possibly is the case with our L.A. situation. And .....
As I was unwrapping and going through our pallet of stuff in NOLA I noticed a glob of lint or fuzz on the dog kennel I had pulled aside for Skye's upcoming addition to the family. I tugged and brushed at it, but it was stuck there pretty good.
And that's when I noticed what it was.
A dead mouse.
Or what was left of it, which was not much. It had somehow gotten itself caught and it must have been awhile ago because it was dried out and little more than a skeleton covered in fuzz. But still a pretty gnarly thing to encounter.
I also came across around a dozen pints of microbrews that I had squirreled away as well as a case of white wine. Cindy figured none of it would be worthy of drinking because of the intense heat of where we stored it. I didn't think it got that hot there. It was more of a humidity issue which shouldn't have any bearing on sealed containers.
Anyway, the wine was fine. The beer however had turned to water, or more accurately had been already emptied by "well-meaning" and industrious set-dressers and returned with water.
Oh well...like I say you get what you pay for. Sometimes "free" has its costs.
Skye and I have been back in Atlanta for almost a week now and the good ol' Rav is still packed to the gills. I unloaded the stuff from the top carrier because it seems that over the course of time it's shifted a bit and now one of the clamps has been pushed against a rear glass window and doesn't bode well.
I've also brought a bunch of stuff up to the apartment to "organize". Now there are more crates, boxes and open-ened projects than I know what to do with.
I've been to our little trailer and our storage unit two times a piece, basically rearranging deck chairs, as it were.
But what is keeping me from fully engaging in this endeavor, is that we don't know what we're doing or where we'll be in the next few months, so I don't want to get to settled in and then just have to re-do everything somewhere else.
I came up with the sub-title for this last bit early this morning and thought I'd include this video gem as part of Throwback Thursday.