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Friday, July 26, 2013

So Begins the Accumulation of Stuff!

So Begins the Accumulation of Stuff!Whether you’re staying at your parents’ place for a few years, moving into the college dorms, or sharing a furnished apartment with some pals, basically, you’re camping. Many of the systems you’ll need are the same.




Five great questions of life: Life * Love * Learning * Labor * Leadership

Life: What's My Spiritual Center?

So Begins the Accumulation of Stuff!

By Evan Nehring

I am the CEO of my life. God is the owner. Every possession I have is property of the Master, placed in my care for the purposes of his Kingdom. You and I can benefit from having a plan for possessions.
 
As you begin to setup your new life outside your parents’ home, don’t try to accumulate in three years what they’ve accumulated over thirty years. On the other hand, being intentional about building the systems of your life is a good idea.
 
Looking back, I was so focused on academics in the early days that I didn’t plan much for possessions. I didn’t have much income to invest—I think I’m understating this—but I could have been more intentional about making my way to the Shire (see section two).
 

Phase 1: Camping in a Room, Dorm or Furnished Apartment

Whether you’re staying at your parents’ place for a few years, moving into the college dorms, or sharing a furnished apartment with some pals, basically, you’re camping. Many of the systems you’ll need are the same.
 
Photo Credit: Vibrant Spirit on Flickr Creative Commons
 
  • Books and files – crates, portafiles
Whether it’s college, tech school, church leadership, civic engagement, or just the business of life, you’ll need to start organizing books and files. Starting out with plastic milk crates or bricks and boards is okay.
 
  • Computer and electronics – TV, stereo, laptop, portables
You’ve probably got a great start on this. You’re going to need a laptop or tablet to function with your accounts and classes. Will you need your own printer/scanner? The boombox stereo I received as a high school graduation gift served me for years.
 
  • Kitchen – small microwave, cube fridge, basic utensils
If you’ve got a meal plan at the cafeteria, you can keep this simple. If there’s a dorm floor commons or host family kitchen with a microwave, better yet. You may consider a coffee pot.
 
  • Clothes – laundry, ironing, shoe polish
The jump for high school to college/career may feel more like buying a few back-to-school clothes. It’s time, though, to up your game with looking after your clothes.
 
When I moved out of the dorms and into an apartment with a couple of buddies, we had almost nothing for furniture. At dinner, we literally pulled up a cinder block to our little table. They weren’t even the blocks with the flat tops. Those would have been too luxurious. We had the ridges on the end of the blocks to nestle into. Yeah.
 
Twenty years later, I still use some of the milk crates I bought at Target to store my books. That’s what I call practical furniture! The camping phase is pretty practical. Having a few good systems will help you with all your pursuits.


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