Alright, alright, alright. Now that you all have read about the absurd amount of paperwork to do in order to be full-time RV’ers, it’s time we tackle the real issue here. Downsizing.
This was a huge hurdle for us. We will be going from a 1,600 square foot house to a 400 square foot home on wheels. Are we excited? You bet. Do we have way too much stuff? Oh, yea.
A little bit about me. I am what my family fondly refers to as a fashionista. I have worked in the fashion industry on and off for over 20 years. In that time, I have worked for some wonderful luxury brands and have accumulated some incredible pieces. I love clothes but I have a slight addiction to shoes and handbags. I even turned one of our spare bedrooms into a closet a la Lisa Vanderpump (at a much smaller scale of course). The bottom line is I love fashion.
Now, this has never been an issue before. In fact, twice a year, spring and fall, I go through my entire closet and donate what I haven’t worn in a while or know I will not wear again. I like to keep things fresh and try to wear as much as I can in my wardrobe. But no matter how many times over the years I have purged, it is nothing like the extreme downsizing that needed to be done in order to live out of an RV.
Let me paint you a picture. I went through my entire wardrobe multiple times and packed up 11 boxes of clothes, shoes, handbags, and jewelry. 11 boxes!! I sent them all to an amazing organization called Thred Up, an online thrift store. I highly recommend. Each box I sent off was like a tiny piece of my soul. Saying goodbye to clothing that I knew I would never wear again/could never use while living in an RV was more devastating than dropping your dinner all over the floor. But it had to be done. I somehow found the courage to let go and so can you. My recommendation? Pour yourself a glass of wine, turn on some Bravo TV and LET IT GO! Trust me, the more you get rid of, the better off you will be. And if you really can’t let go, storage lockers and family member’s closets work well as a great hiding place.
Now, I wasn’t the only one who had a hard time with the downsizing. Much like my very tiny addiction to fashion, my husband, Jerry, has a bit of a thing for tools. Our garage is meticulously organized with all the tools you could ever dream of. He is an engineer and the neighborhood handyman. Seriously, he can and does fix everything. But on an RV, how many tools do you actually need? The answer is: I have no idea. But it has to be much less than what has occupied the garage for the last 20 years. And lucky for me, tools are much heavier than clothes! Jerry has been doing great though and been selling/giving away/donating many tools over the last few months. I swear I walked in on him shedding a tear over some type of saw or ratchet thing.
The bright side? We are in this together. We have both purged so many of our babies, I mean tools/clothes. And we have also had to get rid of regular things around the house like cutlery, glasses, cookware, containers. There’s only so much Tupperware that fits in an RV, and we definitely do not want any glass. God forbid something breaks in a pothole and now there’s glass all over my precious new RV.
I know that the idea of downsizing can be super daunting. But take it day by day and room by room. And find local organizations that can take your donations and even try selling online with websites like Facebook Marketplace. Good luck!
Just One More… box of stuff to donate!
oh my, we moved after 34 years, went from 2218 sq ft to 1746, from 4 BR to 3. Took 25 large car loads to savers, got the largest garbage can they have, an extra recycle bin and filled it every week for 3 month. A daunting task. Going to 400 sq ft. WOW, now that’s definitely a challenge. I know you will enjoy your new life on the road.
Doesn’t it feel good to purge? At first it’s tough but it is amazing the things that you really don’t need and you ask yourself is this something we will absolutely use or something I will absolutely wear? It is daunting but it is so well worth it. So excited for you in your new home I know you’re enjoying it and hopefully I can come and visit sometime.
OMG!! You sure had a lot of clothes!! Brave woman!!! And let’s face it, you can always go shopping!😉 Such
An exciting adventure!!!
Thank you!!! Miss you
The Good news. The older we get the less stuff we need. You will be having such an adventure you won’t miss it and better…
you won’t need it! Can’t wait for your visit in December💕
Well you certainly won’t be wearing all of the shoes and clothes RVing. How fortunate for you to have had a closest that size—was that an extra bedroom? We have downsized also, from 2 houses down to one that is 1400 sq feet. It can be done and it sounds as if you two are purging well. Well, maybe not Jerry.
I just found your blog and will check it often. It will be an awesome adventure!!
Thank you so much. Yes I had a 4 bedroom home and turned one of the bedrooms into a closet. It was incredible. Thanks for reading the blogs!!
I think it is awesome that you two have such an adventure waiting for you! Enjoy and keep us informed! Mike and I would love to host you here in Albuquerque! Let us know when❣️
Sarah & Mike Snyder
It is so good to hear from you!!!! We are actually going to be in Albuquerque the first week of October for the balloon fiesta. We arrive on Sept 28 and will be there until the 10. Can we get together??