How Much Stuff Do We Need- A Rational Systems Based Approach
Part of the first look will be easy. Unnecessary older junk. What may have been a better than nothing back up for a college kid may not be necessary for me now. Also if I just toss the random junk in a dozen boxes it might go far enough to eliminate a box. You get the idea.
What to do with the significant accumulation of stuff is a more pressing issue. This made me ask myself “How do I figure out how much stuff I need?”
I want to have the right stuff in the right quantities. Space is limited and will be a real issue for some of my upcoming plans. So the P for plenty plan doesn’t work. If you have a big house with a barn and a shop then then space not likely a concern. However even if space isn’t an issue money, to some degree or another, almost surely is. So while you might have a lot of space to store stuff that doesn’t fit into your plans it would still be better to spend your limited money on the right stuff.
What I realized is that I was looking at this from the wrong angle entirely. Instead of arbitrarily deciding how many of a given item I need to keep around what if I look at it from the other side…..systems.
The realization I had was that I should decide what systems I want to have and then figure out what stuff is needed for them. This way instead of a wild assed guess on how many pistols or multi tools or knives or backpacks I need I could actually have a number that comes from somewhere.
I am still working on this one for myself. Honestly I’m not sure how much of it I would wnt to share anyway so lets instead discuss a hypothetical persons set up.
Lets say John is a survivalist. A pretty normal guy who lives in a mid sized town. He has a normal job and makes decent money.
EDC light- concealable pistol, folding knife, light, etc.
EDC heavy- full sized pistol, robust folding knife, spare mag pouch, light, etc.
Fighting Load- EDC heavy plus rifle, body armor, chest rig, hydration system and light day pack.
Get Home Bag- lives in vehicle. Usual get home stuff. May include a hand gun.
E&E set up. Change of clothes, cash, pistol, day pack, etc.
Light bug out set up- Bug out Bag plus fighting load weapons. Suitable clothing and footwear.
Heavy bug out set up (vehicle based)- Think car camping on steroids with stuff to sustain for awhile.
Operational Cache- A rifle and pistol, chest rig, hydration system, medical gear, day pack.
JIC go to war set up- One EDC light pistol, two full sized pistols, two rifles, a pump shotgun and a precision rifle. Decent amount of ammo, mags and all the usual nylon, leather, etc. This would ideally be at some sort of bug out type location.
JIC survival set up- Think mountain man. A deer rifle, shotgun and a .22 pistol with ammo. Ax, shovel, saws, seeds, salt, shelter like tarps, cordage, etc. Buried where you can see your self going for a Plan D if things go all Zombie Apocalypse.
Another persons systems might differ. They might have 2 E&E caches and no JICC go to war set up. The exact quantity and make up of their systems could differ based on their needs/ wants. Also obviously I did not try to list the entire composition of every system.
The point would be to decide how you want to be set up and make that happen instead of just getting more and more stuff.
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