May 5, 2010

And the sorting begins

As we get ready for RV moving day Take II we are beginning our sorting and packing. Tempting though it is to donate it all again, we are in need of some major repairs to the rig that we'll need help paying for. So, what will be sold and what will make the cut?

We have some basic guidelines (the same as we used last time) that go something like this:

1. Have we used it in the last 6 months?
2. Will we need it in the next 6 months?
3. Does it have inherent value, or is it merely sentimental?
4. Did you know where it was?
- if not, were you brought near to tears, or did you jump for joy when you found it?
5. If it disappeared or broke would you be in a real bind and fork over any amount of cash to replace it ASAP?

No? Then it doesn't make the cut. Period.

Last time we hit the road we had WAY too much stuff. Someone (we're lookin at you Jeff) had trouble parting with a lot of stuff that turned out to be unnecessary junk and took up almost 50% of our storage space. Someone (we're still lookin at you Jeff) has seen the error of their ways and has made their own decision to not keep things like broken computer parts and miscellaneous (broken) electronics... or useless, broken fishing gear, duplicate tools, old magazines.... etc., etc., etc....
Among other things we have also pared down our dried herb collection to only the most frequently used and freshest.

Our hopes? This time we will have space for necessary tools like an ax, shovel and places for towels, laundry and a whole other person worth of clothes, blankets and diapers.

Because of said diapers I will need to do laundry much more frequently and don't want to go the way of high priced laundromats again so we will be getting a large wash tub that will be used for laundry, dishes and kid's baths. We'll need a space to keep that.

Some have asked if we'll be living in our RV while repairs are made to the cabin and move back in when they are finished. The answer is, sadly, no. We haven't been offered that possibility.
However disheartened we feel by that we have four distinctly appealing options of where to go from here. So appealing, in fact, that we all feel quite torn on what to do.

As we begin to explore these options more thoroughly I'll post about them and our decision making process, as well as each of our steps on downsizing to the minimalistic way that we once lived. Over the past couple of years I have received so many emails asking for tips and help with exactly that. I didn't write about it the first time, I guess, because I was just overwhelmed with the process of figuring it out. This time we feel quite sound in our ability to make this move pleasant and seamless. As we move along I'll share everything from how we manage our spice collection and books, to what we do to boost our fuel efficiency and tackle the self-sufficiency woes we had last time.

Did you know that there are an estimated 500,000 full-timing RVers on the road?
We now have so many Nomadic friends that I'd have to stop and count them up, but I'll be introducing you to them over the next few weeks as well.

In the meantime, check out Families On The Road for some interesting links to other RV families.


cuponklipper said...

I can't wait to read what you choose!

getting stuff done said...

wow that's a lot of RVrs out there. best of luck you all...

Juliana Crespo said...

Wow, we'll be going through that same process soon too! We'll be living in our RV for a few months while we build our yurt in Murphy, NC, but, as we'll be living in smaller spaces, we really need to pare down on just about everything -- clothes, books, kitchen stuff, furniture, etc. It's amazing how quickly this stuff just accumulates! Your list of basic guidelines is useful :).

For diapers, you might also look at WonderWash. It's a small unit, but it works well and doesn't take up much space at all. It also costs only around $40. Might be good to have while you're traveling in the RV to avoid the laundromats.

Good luck with your RV adventures and deciding where to head next!

Little House On Wheels said...

I have the galvanized washtubs from Lehman's stored under the bed in our rv. It was the one thing I just couldn't part with when we moved. I wish I could say we had plenty of opportunity to use them but so far we haven't except for a few times.

They take soooo much water to wash and rinse and campgrounds don't take too kindly to dumping all that greywater...although a few really laid back places we've been able to do it. With boondocking you won't have enough water available to do it.

Cloth diapers are an entirely different ballgame. When we were in the house I had to boil water on the stove to get it hot enough to mix with the other water in the washtub...lots of work there (and propane I would imagine).

At any rate I do have a video on our blog you can check out awhile back from where we did the laundry in the washtubs outside. Check it out;)

Transit Antenna Home said...

We are almost there! I can't wait til we simplify. My husband is a bit of a hoarder- giving sentimental attachments to even receipts. This will be a much needed and wonderful challenge for our family.
What direction you headed?

Transit Antenna Home said...

Juliana thanks for the diaper tip!

Cait said...

Keep rockin', lady! :)

I can't wait to hear what you're going to be doing next!

(And I am sooooo jealous that you're going back on the road! I'm saving for my own RV but it's slow going!)

River Sanctuary: Marykaye said...

Been following your blog off and on for many months (I love it but don't get online as much as I'd like to sometimes) but I'll be sending light on your new journey. Looking back over recent posts I noticed how you have been surrendering and opening to your greatest life and purpose and wonder if this next step will bring you to even greater joy. (Hard to imagine but seems very possible!). Blessings to you and your family. I read of an amazing community of traveling families out there... :)

Pamela said...

Nice to read of someone downsizing like us. Of course, y'all've done it before, but....

That Crazy Family said...

WooHoo its great to feel like Im not alone in this RV journey! We have sorted everything and are down to a little over a week until we leave the house! Im trying to enjoy the process even though Im already "done" in my head!

American Daze said...

Thanks for sharing

talithia407 said...

Have you considered a Solar Oven to use for cooking on the road? We use one here at the house and I love it. We have the SOS. Kindness Talithia

Rhianna said...

Hi, I have been reading your blog for a few years now, my bad for not introducing myself sooner. You are a very inspiring family. I have moved over 100 times and hate it.I feel your pain, your home is so beautiful it must be hard to leave it.That being said, I do love being on the road. I lived in a van for 3 months with 3 other people while travelling through New Zealand. I loved it and it taught me alot about what I really needed in life as far as possesions go. Check out my blog sometime when you have a minute. I wrote a post about how I live in 150 square feet of space.
Good luck in all your endevors, Rhianna

Victoria said...

I'm sorting too we have a room full of for sale stuff, a shelf full of to take stuff, an area of to store stuff (hopefully a small pile in the end). Then there is the unsorted stuff and the two kids who still need to play and eat through this process. I'm living on lattes and cookie dough (definitely no time for baking the cookies) and it's wonderful to read your story during my coffee breaks!