After all the excitement about getting Bella hitched, Sunday trailer preparation work was more mundane: starting to figure out how much stuff I can actually put into Breeze. I have pretty accurate measurements of most of the storage space in an Alto 1743 (thanks, Marie!) and so I laid out a prototype space on the hallway floor by marking boundaries with post-it notes. (Yes, my hallway is that wide!)
The left side storage in the back of the Alto has the most room, so I started there. Turns out I can fit a lot of stuff in: one tall plastic bin (clothes and shoes I don’t wear all the time), three shorter plastic bins, a even smaller plastic bin on top, and a 23-inch monitor (that’s the white styrofoam thing without the monitor inside it because I’m using it).
Yes, I have decided to take a big monitor along for the ride. In the short-term, I will be working from the Alto this summer, and a 13-inch Mac screen doesn’t cut it for some things, as long as I have power hookups. Longer term, we’ll see, but it’s nice to know it fits (and yes, I bought it especially for the Alto, giving up my gorgeous 27-inch Thunderbolt display, which my great-nephew now loves sitting on his desk at school).
The right side storage area has less space because it holds the heater/water heater unit, so I had to cut down the boundaries by about a third. I can still fit in a telescope tube (big black back on the right, a smaller tool bag, and behind that, camera stuff (bottom plastic box) and a box of files (the colorful box on top). I can probably get a second plastic box in that back space and then I’m topped out at the 13-inch height limit for this space.
There are some things I won’t give up, even though Breeze is tiny compared to an apartment, and one of those things is my telescope. I’m looking forward to visiting dark sky parks as well as boondocking where there are no lights to ruin the night skies. The challenge, then, is figuring out how to store the three parts of the telescope (tube, mount, and tripod). The black bag is holding the tube and various lenses and power cables, so that’s the first part. I think the telescope mount will fit in the back of the small closet above the fridge, but the tripod is probably going to live in the wayback of Bella until I figure something else out. I’m not taking the telescope on the pickup trip, so it will be one of those “after I’m back” things to work on.
So what have I learned from my afternoon of playing with post-it notes, boxes and bags, and measuring tape?
- I still have too much stuff. Honestly, I haven’t even *thought* about where shoes go. Or the toilet paper!
- I still have too many books. Something’s gotta give. I just don’t know what yet.
- Even though I have done a lot of downsizing, I still have a lot of knick-knacks. I now have my most precious knick-knacks fitting into this small box (with a business size envelope to show scale):
That leaves a half-dozen paperweights, a big blue vase, some wooden boxes, and a small music box sitting in the “do I stay or do I go” pile. Time to go back to the Konmari method and see how much joy each of them really brings me or if their time in my life has passed and it’s now time to do some serious re-gifting.