Then you're us, just 6 months ago.
Todays story isn't about why we're here (yet) or what made us come to this decision....because to be honest, we fell into this black hole very suddenly. This first post of this series is to share the real life struggles (and solutions) to full time RV living.
We're currently living in a 38 foot fifth-wheel thats parked stationary. We were extremely fortunate to find this scenario to begin testing the waters of RV life.
Despite the seemingly ease of living when parked stationary, we have experienced a plethora of "RV life" in this short time here.
And no, we don't regret it for a second.
We didn't live in a large house, and thought the downsize process would be fairly easy. It wasn't, like at all. We only had a couple of weeks when we got our for sure moving dates and we had way more crap than any two people should accumulate over 4 years. Up until the day we moved (yes we did it the big move in one day due to the far distance we were moving) we were throwing boxes and bags on the curb of random crap. When you're living RV life, every cabinet is precious space. We were very fortunate to end up with a model full of storage, but still. Lots of crap. Did I need 13 bath towels? No. Was I ever going to use 3 different french presses? Not a chance. When was the last time we used all 16 dinner plates? Never. You can see where I'm going with this. I'm going straight to the curb with it all. No one tells you how stressful it is do decide what you're doing with all the stuff you get rid of. Do I sell it? But how and will I have enough time? What about a garage sale? Is it worth a whole day? Should I give it to Goodwill? When and how will I drop it off? Do I throw it all away? What if someone I know needs it?
Endless. It's endless. Give up. Do your best and move on....no one really wants your crap.
I get slight anxiety looking at these photos. But I also don't even remember what's in those boxes. And I'm very okay with that.
A couple months before we started packing, I had a closet purge. It hurt, alot. It took two strong willed friends and a bottle of wine to get it done.
This is a before and after...I purged again before the big move. I have no regrets. Maybe more later on this closet process if you're interested.
Even now,we're still constantly cleaning out. We just barely fit in this space, so everything that comes in the house has to replace something else. Today it was a steamer to replace the iron and ironing board. Yesterday it was folding pants to fit in a cabinet while throwing away hangers.
RV people on IG are just that. IG people with cute decor photos, while they're carefully angeling the photo to hide the laundry pile on the couch. The pressure for cute "diy" RV living is high. And some good ingenuity can maximize your space. But don't let it overwhelm you. We're all living in small spaces while trying to find a place for everything. Some of us just take better photos of it.
What do you want to see discussed here? Let me know in the comments!