Let's face it. Due to the sheer amount of "stuff" we survivalists accumulate, moving home is a rather large feat. I hope I've just done my last move ever, as we shift to a relatively isolated farmhouse sitting on 16 acres of natural bush-land. There's a nice little spring, plenty of forest, and lots of deer and elk that wander in from the national park behind us. It's paradise on earth. At least for us, and I hope I never need to move again. Because we survivalists have far too much stuff. I hadn't realized just how much I had accumulated over the last few years, but having to pull everything out, box it all up, and get it from one place to another was a massive undertaking. Plus, I wanted to keep most of my survival gear under the radar, so I packed these supplies up myself. Now I have moved house a number of times, lived abroad, and am now more than happy to settle into our new home and live here for the foreseeable future. Giving my daughter a wonderful lifestyle to grow up with, as we spend our time pottering around our sustainable homestead. Here's how I made our move a little more manageable:
Sort out your suppliesThe first step was to determine what furniture and belongings were actually going to make the move with us. So we pulled things out of cupboards, took a hard look at our furniture, and decided to put a bunch of things out at a yard sale we held over a following weekend. We were a little brutal, but the question I asked with everything was "how hard would it be to replace this after the move, and what's it going to cost me?" We ended up raising a couple of grand and got rid of a whole bunch of clutter that wouldn't be needed in our new home. Which was great as it also meant we wouldn't need to box these items up and move them.
Clean out your stockpileNow for me, I like to think that I'm organized but there's a big difference between my stockpile and those highly-organized preppers you see on the internet. I took this chance to go through everything I've collected over the years, and give it a good clean out. In addition to tossing anything that had expired or was no longer working, it was a great chance to:
- Take stock. I took a notebook as I went through everything, and wrote down everything that I had in my stockpile. When I tallied the numbers, I realized that I was actually lacking a few key items, and I needed to add a few more things to my next big shopping list.
- Get updated. Take a good hard look at all of your gear, and if there's something that needs to be updated for safety reasons do it. But be careful, if what you have still works and does the job, don't worry about it.