In my efforts to tidy up and reclaim space, I've read some decluttering experts. One piece of advice I've seen over and over again is to get rid of things you haven't used in the last year, or items you haven't used recently and could replace if you needed them again.
Of course, this advice doesn't take into account that every now and again a severe storm passes through, and we are left with no power for a really significant period of time.
The violent storm that passed through Southern Ontario and Quebec left quite a bit of destruction behind. The giant transmission towers coming into the city were bent over, causing a really large number of residents to lose power. So far, there have been 10 deaths attributed to the storm, all caused by falling trees.
We were very lucky that our neighbourhood had very little damage. Other areas were much harder hit and a local school now has no roof.
Which brings us to the "clutter". When our children were young, we used to go camping every summer. We slept in tents, on the ground and communed with nature. (Please don't ask about the black rat snake I found sunning itself behind the car.)
In time, we acquired equipment to make the experience a bit more comfortable. It is all still in 4 bins in the basement. It was last used for camping when our sons were in collage and would go camping with their friends, as an excuse to get away from parents. However, it is those things that make camping more comfortable that are very handy when the power is off for over a day. Our camping kettle, coffee maker and flashlights were all useful. So, I guess I was right to hold on to them.
However, maybe we could let the snowshoes go.
And, because a blog needs a picture:
A bit of visible mending!