Ever wonder how people manage to move from a sticks and bricks home into a small space like an RV? Seems impossible doesn’t it? Well it doesn’t have to be! Below is a list of ways to go through your home and properly downsize so you can become full-time RVers! When purging ask yourself these questions. Go room by room and make piles of donate, keep and if you plan on renting a storage unit. I got a lot of this list from the eastandblog.com since they had some amazing ideas and thoughts.
- Have you worn it in the last 6 months?
- Does it actually fit or do you just hope that it will someday?
- Does it have holes in it that you haven’t fixed yet and probably never will?
- Are you keeping it just because it’s a brand name?
Let’s be realistic here. Unless you are working a job that requires dressy clothes you can drastically pare down your wardrobe including those 40 pairs of shoes you have lying in your closet. And come on, let’s go ahead and admit it. If your full timing and are still employed chances are you’re not going into an office and if you are it’s on the very rare occasion.
Items that are in good shape you can sell at a consignment store and make some money off of but everything else give to Goodwill!
Obviously when you are planning on living in an RV you can’t bring your furniture with you. Sell it or donate it. If it’s something like a family heirloom that you just can’t part with put it in storage or the less expensive option is asking a family member to keep it for you. I will admit we kept our mattress. It is a temperpedic my dad bought us several years ago. RV beds are uncomfortable in my opinion and that was the one thing we were not willing to let go of. We did have to build an extension for it on the bed frame since it’s a regular queen and not the standard rv queen size. But the extension and the legs fold up and tuck under the mattress when we get ready to move the rv.
OUTDATED TECHNOLOGY ISN’T INVITED
Let’s admit it. Pretty much everything these days is digital. The days of vcr’s or even dvd players is long past. Personally we wound up keeping about a dozen or so dvd’s of our favorite movies and some for the boys but that’s it. My FRIENDS collection counts for about 10 of the 12 we kept. I’m a BIG fan! Anyway, if you have the ability and the rig you purchased has a tube tv, vcr or dvd player do yourself a favor. Donate it and upgrade to some of today’s technology. Get a flat screen tv to replace the tube tv (which are fairly inexpensive these days). You can also get either a Chromecast or the Amazon Fire Stick. We have one of each. Right now we have the Chromecast in the master bedroom and the Amazon Fire Stick in the main living area. With the Chromecast you can stream video’s straight from your phone to your tv. The Amazon Fire Stick is awesome too! If you have accounts such as amazon prime, hulu or netflix this is the item for you! As long as you have internet then your all set! Stream your favorite movies and tv shows right to your tv from these accounts.
MAKEUP – FOR THE LADIES
C’mon ladies, I’m talking to you! I’ll be picking on the guys soon enough. I’m not one who personally has a lot of makeup. I never have but apparently it’s an issue with some. I know some people who call themselves hoarders with tons of almost finished lipstick and tubes of unused mascara. In your RV you won’t necessarily have the space to keep all of this, although I’ve seen some pretty resourceful ways in my FB group. Go through you makeup stash and ask yourself the following questions.
- Is it super old?
- Did it just never work out for you? Such as the color just doesn’t look good on you?
- Is it almost empty?
- Do you have more than 1?
If you answered yes to these questions its time to start tossin!
TOOLS – FOR THE MEN
Ok guys. I know you probably have a huge amount of tools you’ve saved up over the years along with parts and pieces sitting in your garage or shed. It’s time to get down and dirty and start getting rid of things. I know pairing down your garage items and tools can be a traumatic experience, especially for the DIY mechanic or homeowner. Just understand that with full-time RV living space is limited. If you have built up a hefty collection and someday plan on moving back into a house keep the majority of your tools in storage. For us, we have the basic tools and have purchased what we needed along the way as we needed it. We recently added a small hand saw for some projects I had come up with like building a new headboard for the bedroom. If your feeling overwhelmed about what to bring with you then use this list below, created by Axeladdict.com, as a guideline.
While this looks like a long list, many of these items are small and can be stored in a toolbox or in the bucket.
- Assorted Mechanics tools (pliers, hammer, screwdrivers, wrenches)
- Assorted bolts, screws and nails
- Bucket (yes, you’ll need one!)
- Bungie cords
- Coveralls and work gloves
- Drill & bits
- Duck tape and plumbers tape
- Extension cord 50’ heavy duty
- Oil Filter wrench
- Water filter-RV
- Flare kit
- Fuel filter – RV
- Grease gun
- Heater hose and radiator hose
- Hose clamps
- Hoses – green for regular water; white for drinking water
- Jumper cables
- Leveling blocks
- Lug wrench
- Measuring tape
- Mechanics wire
- Motor oil, Power steering fluid, brake fluid transmission fluid
- Ratchet straps and rope
- Rubber gloves for emptying tanks
- Sewer hoses
- Silicone lubricant
- Spare fuses, reflectors and bulbs
- Vehicle wash brush & soap
- Windshield squeegee
- Windshield washer solvent
- Wiper blade – RV
- Zip ties
PAPERS AND RECORDS
If you want to be really efficient go buy yourself a scanner and scan all those receipts, tax returns, and other similarly important documents. *Note – This IRS website explains how long to keep your tax records. In most cases it’s 3-4 years and at most its 7 years. The recommendation is to carry 1 year with you and put the rest in storage with your other important belongings.
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