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Monday, February 12, 2018

Downsizing

two blue folding outdoor chairs and folding table inside a living room
Minimal furniture before our final yard sale.
As a full time RVer, downsizing and simplifying is not a one-time deal as we transition from a traditional (sticks and bricks) home to life on the road.

It’s ongoing. Seriously.

A little background.
We had a 3-bedroom, 1 bath, ½ bath full basement house, and you know how nature abhors a vacuum…

We gave family memory stuff to our kids. We had yard sales. A lot of them. We gave stuff away to friends and neighbors. And made several trips to Salvation Army. All to move from our 1750 sq. foot house into Miss Emmy, our class A motorhome with roughly 280 sq. foot of living space.

I’ll save you the math…that's about 1/6th of the space our house had.

small, single kitchen cabinet in motorhome
Now there's a place for everything
and everything has a place.
And we love it. It’s ample room for just the two of us with less to take care of, and no yardwork! Plus, we enjoy the freedom to travel.

But downsizing continues. We’ll find things we kept that we don’t use or realize we have multiples of, and into a box they go.

Our system is simple. Replace instead of add. If we buy something, we get rid of something. Example: We got an Instant Pot. We got rid of our crock pot and the rice cooker.

If we come across something that’s “excess baggage”, into the giveaway box it goes. We keep a box going and periodically drop the load off at a local thrift store.

I’m sure you get the gist of it. So, as you think about RVing or tiny house living, start weeding out and simplifying now. You’ll be glad you did!

Well, off to weed out some more, I mean, really, how many tea mugs  do two people need anyway?


(In case you're wondering...we're now down to 8 (eight!?!) mugs 😳. Time to weed out a few more!)