Gear, lots of gear. Week 3 is the room where gear-for-six is stored, carpeting a multipurpose room with a collection sports gear, sewing gear, school gear and everything in between.
Ireland stands perhaps alone in its ability to deliver all four seasons in one day. That unfortunately isn’t a turn of phrase, rather a warning to be prepared for whatever elements will be thrown at the activity, and making lots of warm and waterproof layers a fact of life. With six of us and some gear-heavy activities, I couldn’t figure out a starting point.
So I started with the sewing machines.
I don’t sew an awful lot these days, but I wasn’t ready to get rid of the facility to be able to do so either. It’s a repair skill as well as a creative one and I decided I needed my sewing machine, but not four of them.
Yes four sewing machines had crept into my life. It made it clear that the place to start in this room was with surplus. And then to just methodically continue to pick out surplus across all the categories.
- Wet-suits that were too small were sent to the waterski club
- Skates that didn’t fit any longer were put up for sale
- Hockey sticks and padding that had been borrowed were returned to the club
- Surplus winter-gear was sent directly to families who could do with warm coats
- Life jackets were sorted and stacked for use by smaller relatives
- School books that were never going to be used again were dispatched off to recycling
- ‘Junk’ that had no place and was good for nothing made its way to waste. That’s what it was. Some of it had just served its time, and some of it should never have been purchased in the first place.
This was never going to be a week where a room was left looking showroom tidy, but the excess is now gone and being able to find what we are looking for is indeed a big bonus.
And I’m down to two sewing machines. A regular sewing machine that has served me well for years, and an overlocker – used only occasionally and certainly not essential by any definition, but the fact is I now have space for it – for the moment.
And the room has space now. Space to move, space to house an overnight guest, space to breathe and space to find stuff.
If that doesn’t define success, nothing does.