Portland to Coast – Decluttering while camping

Photo by kckellner

We just got back from camping at the Oregon Coast.  I was so unprepared for the shockingly good weather that I didn’t even think to wear sunscreen when I went to the beach to watch Quinland and her friend fly kites and dig holes.  Now I am paying for it with a sunburn that will fade to a lovely farmer’s tan.

The first night, I slept on a camping cot that I’d purchased a couple of years ago at a garage sale.  Almost immediately, the reasons why I had only used the cot once before came rushing back at me. The head would not stay at the same level as the center section.  My choices were either to have my head lower than my body, or to sleep partially upright, which made sleeping on my side impossible.  However, if I tried lying on my back, I’d bang an elbow or a knee on the side rails. I gave up about halfway through that first night, and even my preteen daughter – who couldn’t believe her good luck at getting mom’s cot – gave up after just a few hours. Meanwhile, I learned that my mid-40s body can no longer sleep on the ground, no matter how many times I flipped myself like a rotisserie chicken.  Believe me, any future camping I do will involve an RV or an air mattress!

So what did I do as we were packing the car to come home?  I decided I was not going to keep a cot that no one wanted to sleep on, and – with my new decluttering mission in mind – I wasn’t even going to bring it back into the house.  I carried the cot to the campsite across from us and offered it to the nice family I met there. They seemed a bit baffled by the offer, but they took it and seemed glad to get it.  My camping cot is now on its way to a new home in Nevada.

  • {Clutter} released: One uncomfortable green camping cot.
  • {Perfectionism} released: I debated hauling the cot home to sell on Craigslist or at our upcoming garage sale, but I decided that I had a target “market” right there in the campground. I didn’t make any money back, but I got the job done and didn’t have to worry about it any longer.  What a relief!
  • {Body Fat} released: Walked from the Yaquina Head Lighthouse to the Historic Newport Bayfront instead of driving.  This photo was taken from the path we walked, though not by me.

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