Sunday, November 7, 2010


Hey, thanks for all the comments and emails about upgrades to to our motorhome’s interior!   Your advice will be a big help to us when we make our decisions.

It is a very gray, wet day here in Sacramento… a good day to stay indoors and focus on the many tasks I have ignored in favor of having fun (mostly).  Odel and I have both been all business since we got up this morning, he buried in Boomer business (volunteer job for our RV club) while I try to bring order to the chaos inside Scoopy.

Starry NightWe’ve got “stuff” everywhere!  Dashboard, driver and passenger chairs, plus every horizontal surface available.  Much of this is the result of my 60th birthday, with cards and gifts sitting around to be appreciated and enjoyed.  I got to attend three birthday parties AND a special event – a trip to San Francisco with both of my sisters and my 20 year old niece to view an exhibit of post-impressionist paintings (Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cézanne and Beyond: Post-Impressionist Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay) at the de Young museum in Golden Gate Park, followed by a late lunch and a little sightseeing before we came home. 

The fact that we are stationary for a month contributes to the mess inside.  As usual when we visit Sacramento, we have ordered several things online, so we have a few items sitting around awaiting a new position… along with boxes and packing material destined for the dumpster.  Books and magazines that usually would be stashed away for travel are scattered near my chair, the sofa, the bed.  And, I’m accumulating goodies for Thanksgiving – a few bottles of wine to share with family, special ingredients purchased that don’t have a usual spot in a cupboard…

So, it was funny today to read a new post on a favorite blog about minimalist living.  Though most of the blogs I read are those of other RV’ers, several non-RV blogs have made it onto my subscription list – a couple cooking blogs and two blogs about frugal living.  I’ve mentioned one of them before, The Simple Dollar.  The other, the one that tickled me today, is Early Retirement Extreme.  Jacob, the author, has a funny sense of humor and a VERY frugal approach to life.  He also currently lives in an RV in the California Bay Area.

Jacob’s post, “How to Live Out of a Suitcase”, referenced an old post by Trent on The Simple Dollar, “The Suitcase Test: The Things You Really Need”.  By the time I had finished reading these two posts, I was INSPIRED.  In short order, I had one of the empty shipping boxes filled up with discards from the “oil/vinegar/sauce” cupboard (which now has two new bottles, birthday gifts, in place), all  the packing materials ready to toss, and another small box of give-away items near the front door.   Now, if I could just face my closet…!


  1. Boy is that the truth!! It's amazing how much stuff you DON'T need!! Another rule I like..If you haven't worn it in a year...get rid of it. Unfortunately, McGuyver doesn't believe in that one..He still has some clothes that he wore when he worked at Cat...(he retired in 1994)..I rest my case.

  2. I'm so glad you had such a great birthday, Laurie! Seems as though the "stuff" part of life is a theme on many blogs the last few days, with many people thinning it out and paring it down. Your home seemed so tidy and calm I can't imagine it the way you described it today. Good to hear from you

  3. We have a rule, mostly ignored by my better half, that something new in the coach results in something of equal weight out.

    I can only say that we remain under the coach weight limit, but I seem to be losing a lot of my stuff.

  4. Stuff, seems to multiply on its own like rabbits. Our coach reaches the same point as yours and that is when it builds up on me and I have a "throw out" fit as my XYL calls it. We too wait until we are stationary for a while to work out projects on the coach. I am working one now that has the bedroom in total chaos.

    A few days should remedy that, but for now it is a mess.

  5. Happy birthday! Glad you got to celebrate it in such a big way, sounds like tons of fun.

  6. The weird thing for me is how we can possibly misplace things in a 24' RV. Happens to us all the time.

  7. Belated Happy Birthday!!! scaling away stuff...I've been doing that for a couple of years now and really getting downn to the..."ok we need this will we still live in our "sticks'n'bricks" house. But there is more to go. If and when we sell the house I'll probably have an open house to sell what is left or some of the furniture can go with the house (maybe). Til next time...bye

  8. Hope you both are ok. Haven't blogged in quite some time. Always enjoy reading your blogs. Take care..looking forward to your next blog.