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.
Posted by Aimée LeVally at Wednesday, May 05, 2010