Pack Rats to the Rescue

NX_snow_plower_sideisoA blizzard is coming and to be a hoarder is to be a prepper. Everything that you thought might come in handy someday just might. The stash of kerosene lanterns, Coleman stoves, the army surplus cold weather gear, all may come out to shine. The old snow shoes,and  ancient wooden cross-country skis may see the light of day once again. It doesn’t matter if the bindings are broken or missing because in your stash somewhere you have additional “parts” from incomplete pairs that you kept anyway. That old corded phone that you stashed away may be put into service once again as long as you have a traditional land-line. The old broken furniture that you were going to fix but haven’t can be broken up into fuel for the wood stove.

Your neighbors may knock on your door to see if you happen to have a supply of empty, clean milk jugs for storing water ahead of the storm. You are happy to oblige. You even supply them with empty gas cans you’ve saved and now they can replenish their gas supply to keep their generators going. You are the neighborhood hero and your wife is secretly pleased to see the shed getting emptier.

Harriet Vaughan

About Harriet Vaughan

I am a Senior Move Manager, working with Senior Citizens and their families when it is time to downsize or just make the home safer and more comfortable for aging in place. I help these people make decisions about what to keep, throw out, donate, or sell. I also offer workshops on "Getting Things Done When You Are Over 60". I write about how to overcome memory lapses and how to use your physical energy well. I have a degree in Home Economics from the University of Maine. I live in Coopers Mills, about 14 miles east of Augusta. I have been married for almost 50 years to my husband, Chuck Vaughan. Our business is called Legacy Years Transition Services.