Things in My Car

Clockwise from top left: stilt pants, drywall stilts, ukulele, a roll of giraffe-printed wrapping paper, suitcase, corset, autoharp, six books.

I was house- and pet-sitting for most of the month of June. Monday night, I got to sleep in my own bed! Hooray! But first, I had to unpack the car. Here is a list of things that were (or still are) in the car:

  • autoharp
  • ukulele
  • a pair of drywall stilts
  • the corset and pants I wear with the stilts
  • a week’s worth of groceries
  • yoga mat
  • suitcase
  • at least three knitting projects
  • computer
  • two bags of baby clothes
  • four library books (The Shadow Land by Elizabeth Kostova, Hardwiring Happiness by Rick Hanson, Ph. D., Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward, and Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson)
  • two books I own (Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist and Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham)
  • at least five pairs of shoes, not counting the ones I was wearing
  • a bag of dirty clothes
  • a pillow and blanket
  • a roll of giraffe-printed wrapping paper
  • a bag of garbage

One of my life goals was once to own so little that it could all fit in my car. I am beginning to see that maybe I’m not cut out for minimalism just yet.

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