So it’s official! I’ve moved out of my place and into an extended stay hotel while I search for the perfect RV to call home. I’ve stored the remainder of my belongings in my office where they will stay until that lease terminates in a matter of weeks. I have a few more items to sell there, and then I will be able to hit the road. Exciting times, my friends!
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I know it’s been a few days since my last post. Things became very busy for me and I was unable to get a free moment to post. The schedule that I’ve been
keeping is one thing that I look forward to releasing when I “hit the road.” 🙂
I’m getting VERY close to the RV purchase now, and I’m at the point where I’m having second thoughts. Not on the choice to fulltime, but on the choice of the the RV itself. I was completely sold on a new rig that is currently available at a local dealer. It is small enough to fit in a regular parking spot, has a dry
bath and has enough space for the solar panels I need to have installed. There are a number of other desirable options, but these are very important to
In the last few days, however, I’ve come across a few preowned rigs that have piqued my interest. One, in particular may lead me on a journey a few states over to take a gander – – it not only has a nice sized “solar system” already installed, but it also has fully enclosed tanks, heated floors, arms chairs and a couch. It has everything I want already installed – – EXCEPT the dry bath! AARGH!
Now, I’m in a bit of a quandry and have some thinking to do. I’ll need a few days to weigh my options, and I’ll keep you posted as I get closer to D-Day!
I’ve shared in previous posts that I’ve minimized my belongings enough to fit the rig that I will be purchasing. Well, I took another look at the items left and after giving another once over, I was able to rid myself of three more bags of clothing, and a box of shoes, handbags and misc. items. A girl can get used to this!
I was so overjoyed that I could donate more that I didn’t even sleep last night – – I stayed up and did more “loose end tying” in regard to my business (I’ll talk about that at a later date,) and at around 5:45am, I made my way to the Salvation Army and dropped the goods :).
Words really can’t explain how liberating it is to break out of the material mold that I’ve lived in for many years. I was never materialistic per se, but I didn’t skimp on the finer things, either. I was and still am very wise in my purchases – – this was never so true as when I sold my furniture on CL and at my sales. I sold most of it for more than what I paid initially. Yayyy me! There’s something to be said for buying unique goods that aren’t trendy or “faddish”.
So, having lost a few more unexpected pounds in personal belongings, I think I’ll probably repeat the process once more just to make sure I’m keeping what I need and donating what others are in need of immediately. Life is so good, and it’s looking even better by the day!
Today, I made one more visit to the dealership where my rig is located. I needed to take a few more measurements to ensure that I have scaled down enough to fit my things in the storage or “basement” areas of the RV. To my extreme pleasure, everything that I am keeping will fit just fine with a bit of room to spare!
Knowing that I had achieved my storage goals, I ventured down the road a couple of miles to Camping World. My purpose was to get the final quote on the after market add-ons that I will need to fulltime comfortably – – these include solar panels, rear and side cameras, in-motion satellite and a winterization package. I was ecstatic when I discovered that the final cost would be a few hundred dollars under what I estimated!
After receiving the good news, I couldn’t resist exploring all of the goodies that Camping World has to offer – – so many items that will be useful and help to stay organized in the motorhome, but also, dozens of items that I could have been using in my brick and mortar homes to keep things as tidy as I like to keep them. Who knew?!? Well, any-who, I picked up a couple of small items that I couldn’t resist and made my way to the counter…
The gentleman at the register asked if I was, “a member.” Trying not to sound like a rookie, I said, “I’m a Good Sam’s member.” This was the answer he was looking for – – whew! I went on to tell him that I didn’t have my card with me and he asked for my phone number. Voilà – – there I was in the computer! Somehow, that made me feel like a kid in a candy store even moreso when I saved a few bucks with the members only discount – – all official and stuff – – LOL!
My Lola and I left the store and headed to our now temporary domicile. Today was definitely a great day! I’m no longer taking baby steps toward the goal – – I’m now in a full sprint and the finish line (or starting line, depending how you look at it,) is in clear sight!
I have found a new love! Wonderfully convenient, helps unbelievably with organizing, doesn’t take up much space – – exactly what I’ve been looking for to save room in the RV basement storage… it’s the Space Bag!!
Granted, I have a tendency to get unnaturally excited about domestic products, but trust me when I say, this is the solution for ridding your home (regardless of the size) of the awkward, storage hog of a cardboard box that has cramped our style for years.
I really wish I had thought of trying some of my new findings before now, but I had no reason to look for creative ways to conserve space. I leaned on everything that I was used to – – like the big ‘ole boxes!