Is less more? Why downsizing can the be right solution
The space in my trunk where a great big footlocker containing all my camping gear, tools, and other equipment now sits empty.
Actually, I can’t remember the last time my trunk was empty that thing was always in there.
Removing the foot locker was a difficult decision. Throughout my childhood, this same footlocker, packed with everything we ever needed for an impromptu road trip or occasional breakdown had been there.
In those days, my mom was always carting my little brother Morgan and me around dirt tracks searching for wildflowers and other plants for her various projects. She took us everywhere, and everywhere we went we always carried that footlocker.
Now, the foot locker and its contents are strewn across our spare bedroom. “I’m destroying the house,” Niecie says. I call it downsizing.
Over the last year, I’ve become increasingly aware of how impractical the foot locker is.
It was great for keeping everything organized and in one place, but getting to anything often mean pulling the whole out of the Jeep. Given that, when fully laden, the whole thing weighed 50-70 pounds this wasn’t any easy task.
At the end of the day, my beloved footlocker wasn’t practical and it had to go.
As I mentioned in a recent Project Wrangler post a few weeks back, I plan to build a custom sliding drawer system to replace the foot locker.
I haven’t finalized my design yet, what I can say is it will be a single drawer design between 8 and 9 inches deep. This is partially due to how much the subwoofer on the Jeep projects into the opening of the tailgate.
I haven’t finalized my design yet because I don’t want to put hours of work into fabricating a drawer system that can’t fit my gear.
The drawer itself it will have quite a bit less space than the footlocker, which measured roughly 35x24x8-inches in volume.
Because I’m going to have less space, I’ve some tough choices to make. What goes and what stays.
This means getting rid of any unnecessary tools and equipment.
Over the next few weeks, I plan to reduce the amount of unneeded equipment I carry to a minimum.
There is no point in wasting a bunch of space on tools I’ll never use. I’ll also be looking at other ways to make accessing the equipment I do need faster and easier.
Once I’ve completed this I’ll compile a complete list of equipment.
- Tools – everything I’ll need to keep the Jeep running and nothing more.
- Gally – cooking gear and food storage
- First Aid / Trauma – bandages, CPR, pain, etc…
- Recovery / Safety – fire extinguisher, snatch straps, recovery boards, jacks, etc…
- Camp Convenience – camp chairs and the like. Everything I need to make the journey more livable.
- Misc – anything that doesn’t fit into one of the other categories.
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