Do you know what can happen when you sit still for a while? You return to old habits and start acquiring things.
Clothing. Dishes. Books. Equipment.
I’m not saying new things are bad. But, when we bring in new things without getting rid of the old, we have a problem. Our stuff starts to control us again.
You would think that, after living in an RV for 5 years, we’d have this minimalist thing down.
But we’ve been in one place for 5 months. The piles have grown. Time to repeat the process we went through in order to get out of our suburban house and on the road 5 years ago.
The Kid Purge
Purging stuff? Done that.
An entire kid? That’s a first.
Harrison (our oldest) is moving out in the next few weeks.
He’ll have his personal belongings to move out but he also shares a number of things with his sister. They’ll need to negotiate through that process. We first tasked them with going through the sporting goods stowed in the RV belly.
The RV Purge
Mike and I recently started The Purge on the inside of the trailer.
We had been carrying items with us for two years because I felt “guilty” getting rid of them. Why would I give an inanimate object that much control over me?
I found things that we moved from the first trailer that we used maybe 2 times in 5 years. If we don’t eat corn on the cob, why do I have 6 sets of corn cob holders?
Our combined efforts netted a small Goodwill load that included the following, all unused for various reasons:
- A propane lantern
- Swim rings
- A jump-rope
- A toaster oven
- A muffin tin
- Fishing poles
- Serving spoons
- Extra Mason jars
- Used workbooks
- School binders
- Last year’s lesson plans
- Articles of clothing
- Big laundry basket