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!
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!
Todays accomplishment: Tackled the DVD collection. Over the years, I managed to keep the DVDs down to what I considered a reasonably small collection. In a home, it’s amazing how that cute little shelf seems to minimize the actual amount … Continue reading
I’ve accepted the fact today that I have an addiction of the literary persuasion that I don’t know how to overcome…
After clearing out most of the items in my apartment, and giving away around 65 books that I had here, I began the same process today at my office. I have a five tiered bookshelf, approximately 6′ tall and three additional bookcases. I had one of my employees meet me there today to give him books that I knew he would be able to use in his personal studies and in his day to day duties. When all was said and done, he went home with at least 125 books. Great progress, you say?!? Well, I have a minimum 250 left. What in the world possessed me to keep all of these after I read them?
I could claim that I can quit anytime I want, but I’ve taken ownership of my problem and I have admitted that I can’t kick it alone. Thankfully, however, I don’t need to – – I have both a Nook Color and a Kindle 4. This gives me room to not only replace the majority of the books I gave away and the ones I’ll donate to the local library, but to purchase and archive literally thousands more – – hahaha (sinister laugh!)
Ahhh, the wonders of technology – – gotta love it!!!
So we’ve all heard of the proverbial, “Making a mountain out of a molehill.” Well, I have successfully completed the opposite! My latest development in downsizing is turning the crazy recipe collection which included folders, boxes and pages ripped from … Continue reading
One question that has consistently come up already is, “Aren’t you going to feel isolated being out there all alone?” My answer is an equally consistent, “No, I don’t see that being an issue.” First, because I don’t plan on staying away for long periods of time when I do travel; and secondly, because no matter where I am or have ever been, I always feel the love of my family and true friends all around me. I take note of of all the things that people say and do to show they care. They may seem small to others, but they are very much magnified in my mind and in my heart.
Yesterday, one of those loved ones read my post, “Prepping for Progress,” and immediately texted me. I flashed a big, cheesy grin when I read, “DON’T GO BUY A MATTRESS, I HAVE ONE FOR YOU!” Without hesitation, he made arrangements to come by last evening and set it up for me. Problem solved. No more achy back…or neck…or shoulders…or…well, you get the picture. As well, no additional items to find a new home for when I move into mine. I’ll simply return it well used, and well cared for.
This was further validation of two truths for me. I have people around who love me. It was not just that he had a mattress that was available for my use – – it was more about him discovering that I was feeling some discomfort and immediately providing a solution. For him, me experiencing pain of any kind, no matter how minute, is not an option – – that’s 18 years of friendship for you!
The next confirmation came in the form of my knowledge and belief in Scripture. I had not, because I asked not. For me, in most cases, it’s not just asking, it’s letting others know what I’m going through in the first place. This is one lesson I’ve always had a hard time digesting, I have been so fiercely independent that I’ve chosen not to remember that there are those who want to provide assistance where they can. It makes me wonder what other blessings I’ve missed out on because I always tried to go it alone. Something that makes you go, “Hmmmm”.
Well, I may never know the answer to that, but I do know that I’ll be reaching out for help from now on. I’ll reach out to that warm, wonderful circle of kindred and aquaintances with assurance that whether I’m in need of a kind word, a wonderful session of reminiscing, a prayer, or even another mattress while I’m out there, It will be provided!
Now let’s just see how many I can get to help me drain the black water tank! LOL!
As I wrap-up the “scale it down / pack it up” process for the night, I’m looking back on the amount of work it actually takes to prepare for life on the road. As I stated in the first entry, … Continue reading