Five great questions of life: Life * Love * Learning * Labor * Leadership
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 ApartmentWhether 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.
- Books and files – crates, portafiles
- Computer and electronics – TV, stereo, laptop, portables
- Kitchen – small microwave, cube fridge, basic utensils
- Clothes – laundry, ironing, shoe polish
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.