I wanted to post some pictures of our storage unit. Yeah, I know… a storage unit. But this thing is a big deal to us. It’s a 10×12 in a loft donated by a friend of ours, which means we pay no rent. It’s a great little space, but it needed some work. The walls were lined with these very sturdy shelves, which took up a ton of space:

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So Trevor (my son), Bryce (a family friend) and I ripped out the shelves. There was lots of gruntin’ and yankin’ to get to this point:

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The room looks absolutely cavernous, doesn’t it? Notice anything in the photo?

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Did you see what I saw? That little white box? Our storage unit has the Internets! =)

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Not that I would actually use the Internets from my storage unit, especially now that it looks like this.

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The thing is, it’s really quite hard to fit everything an American family of six owns into a 10×12. I mean EVERYTHING. We have to rent the house empty so this storage unit has to fit all of our stuff. We’re having to make some tough choices (more on that in another post) but the point is that we’ve really come face-to-face with what’s actually important to us. And the result of this exercise is that we all realize home much crap a typical American family can accumulate. Before this move, I had gotten to the point that I scoffed people that had a two-car garage packed with crap and multiple storage units to store more crap. My time in Uganda revealed that the vast majority majority of the world’s population can fit all of their possessions into something smaller than a grocery bag. So it’s an interesting time, although I doubt we’ll leave any extra space in the storage unit just on principal. More later.