Whether or not you decide to make RV camping a full-time lifestyle choice, downsizing our belongings is a healthy way to get back in touch with what is truly important. We just completed a serious downsizing since we are moving. We will be spending at least half of the year in our camper.
Two years ago, we emptied two storage units that we had for years while we went sailing. We downsized our belongings to what would fit in our small apartment at Unalakleet. At first, it was challenging for three reasons:
Divide and Conquer: His, Mine & Ours
We started the process by going through our own personal belongings... my stuff and Honey’s stuff. If you have a significant other or children, you know how that is! We left “community” items for later.
In my "corner", I went through my clothing. I lost a lot of weight in the last year. I also knew that I would not need my office attire or my arctic clothing. So, this is what I did:
I saved my personal “treasures” for last. Here is how I decided to downsize:
We went through the community property together. These are items that we both use and have feeling for. We both have similar ideas about stuff, so it was a fairly painless process. I would hold up an item, and he would say keep or toss. He would do the same for me. Once in awhile eyebrows were raised, but usually, the justification or the emotional attachment was all that was needed to keep an item.
Storage Unit Decisions
Downsizing the second time was more difficult because we still have a lot of loose ends. We decided to keep some items while we sort out the lifestyle options. For example, we kept our nautical charts and a few boating items since we are seriously considering another boat.
Not everything will fit into our camper, We decided to store some items for one year while we are in transition. Notice the timeline… only one year!
I hope this gives you some ideas should you be thinking about going full time. Will this system work for you? Maybe, but everyone has different priorities and different situations. We opted for a small camper. As a result, we had to be ruthless. We are not sure if this is a permanent transition, so we made concessions for some items. We certainly did not want to store stuff, but with our uncertainty, it made sense. We agreed to store items for only one year.
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