prepping

Tidied up my garage

Before tidying up.

Before tidying up.

I’ve never been particularly good at keeping my things organized. I’ve always wanted to, but it never would really happen. As a kid my room was always a disaster. My shop was reflecting this quality recently. I kept coming across references to Marie Kondo’s book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. I gave it a read and tried to follow her methods as best I could while tackling the mess in the garage.

Categorize things.

Categorize things.

I think one of the most powerful pieces of advice in her book was to take everything off the shelves and group things by types. So power tools go into one area, extension cords in another, tools in another, etc. This helped to prevent me from shuffling things around the garage from one pile of things to another. When you can see everything laid out in this way it helps you realize how much room you need to make in order to store it and helps you find and eliminate duplicates.

After tidying up.

After tidying up.

Another great piece of advice from the book is to make things easy to put away instead of making them easy to take out. This feels backwards until you realize how much time and energy it saves to clean up after a project. For me this is exactly how things would become scattered all over the place. Instead of being too tired to think about where everything goes its almost like things naturally fall back into the places they’re supposed to live.

I highly recommend you give the book a read and see if you can apply some of these simple ideas to help organize your life.



What's in your rig?

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Yesterday I went through my truck and wrote down all of the things that I'm carrying around in it. This isn't a list of what I need, or a suggestion of what you should carry. This is just accumulated stuff from several months of camping, overlanding, truck maintenance, and general life.

- Lucas fuel additive
- air hose
- lava soap
- roll of paper towels
- roll of blue shop rags
- Clorox disinfectant wipes
- 50 feet of paracord
- clear eye protection glasses
- foldable army shovel
- 60" High Lift jack
- 2 digital multimeters
- flashlight
- business cards
- trail maps for the ACFL
- USB extension cable
- roll of toilet paper
- tools
  - screwdrivers
  - 2 socket sets
  - allen wrenches
  - ratcheting wrenches
- Hummer jack
- electrical tape
- duct tape
- jumper cables
- leather gloves
- tie downs
- bunjee cords
- Hummer service manual
- MRE (Menu 3 Chicken noodle stew with vegetables)
- thermos of water
- 2 tow straps
- funnel
- foil emergency blanket
- SOL escape bivvy
- 2 Duraflame firestarter logs
- box of matches
- oil filter wrench
- spare fuel pump
- oil filter
- Amsoil fluids
  - 75W-90 gear lube
  - 2 bottles of ATF
  - 15W-40 motor oil
- rubber shop gloves
- coolant
- tire iron
- ice scraper
- spare serpentine belt
- garbage bags
- shop overalls
- Sriracha lunchbox first aid kit
- hand broom and dustpan
- Caterpillar LED work light
- assorted paper maps
- Camelbak water bottle
- wire stripper
- Discover Pass
- fire extinguisher
- IR thermometer
- Gorilla glue