My Amazon Prime Day steal arrived today. I’m so excited! I’ve had the Instant Pot Duo Mini on my wish list for months. I bought it Tuesday at 50% off. Yay! I made perfect brown basmati rice in it tonight for supper. It’s going to be great for our RV life.
Did you shop during Amazon Prime Day? What was your amazing find?
One point most of the full time RV folks we follow on YouTube make is to say the place to start when planning a full time RV life is to know your why. Probably good advice for any major life change.
Daniel and I talked about this months ago, but we revisited the conversation today. I think it’s good to make sure we’re still in agreement and still want the same general things from this change.
So here are our biggest whys:
- See the country
- Travel at our own pace
- Time with family
- Spend quality time together
Are you planning any major changes to your life soon? Have you identified your why?
Since we moved up our RV launch date, we’ve had to get serious about purging. The goal is to complete one full purge of the house by December 31. There will be at least two more rounds of purging in the first half of next year. At least two more.
Last week, I did a mini purge on my side of the closet and hauled a mountain of clothes to Goodwill.
This time, I chose the kitchen. I want to complete one round of purging in the kitchen by Sunday. But here’s what purging one cabinet looks like. This is what it looked like before.
It took maybe thirty minutes to pull everything out of the cabinet and cull. Here’s what went from the cabinet to the yard sale pile.
Seriously, how did we accumulate so much stuff that we so seldom use I forgot some of it was there! Unlike the clothes, which went to Goodwill, these items are in the corner of the garage awaiting the September yard sale.
Here’s what the cabinet looks like after the purge.
The cookware set will go once we are ready to live in the RV. I need them for the next 17 months. I couldn’t part with the Pampered Chef pizza stone I’ve had for almost 20 years just yet. I love that thing. It will have to go once we transition to RV life. It is large and will not fit in any cooking device in an RV.
My bio-father made the wooden salad bowl. It is also huge. But I can’t let go of it just yet. I may end up keeping it. I’m not sure yet. It’s not practical at all. But it is a great salad bowl, and honestly has some sentimental value. I have 17 months to think about it.
Have you ever done a whole house purge of your stuff? How did it feel? Are you glad you did it?
This is somewhat emotional. But it has to be done. And, honestly, most of the stuff feels good to get rid of. However, I am saving most of the sentimental stuff for last. I’m not quite ready to face all that just yet.
Matthew 6:33 teaches us to seek God first, and all “these things” shall be added to us. I used to think of this verse in terms of literal things. And maybe sometimes it is about physical items. Lately, however, for me it’s more about peace and joy and just being in the moment without worrying about what comes next. Such a hard thing for me to do, but I find that as I truly seek God and surrender, He is teaching me how to live in that space.
Woo Hoo!!! We made our first purchase specific to our upcoming RV lifestyle. You can imagine space is a premium when you live full time in an RV. And especially since we want to be 32 feet or less (not counting a tow vehicle) I’ve researched what other RVers do to help maximize space.
We decided to try some collapsible silicone dishes. Since we both love coffee, we started with a coffee mug. It arrived today. I’m drinking a cup of coffee from it now. It’s fine-may take a bit of getting used to. It would be easy to squeeze the flexible silicone and squirt coffee out of the top.
Here are some photos of the mug. It’s not pretty or decorative, but it serves it’s purpose. And, it has a lid which will be a requirement in the RV. We don’t want to try to clean spilled drinks out from under a slide.
It came with a silicone straw in a little storage box and a clip to attach it to a backpack.
It is functional and will be easy to store. It is not keeping my coffee as hot as a porcelain mug, but that’s a compromise I’m willing to make in order to live RV life.
Do you have any favorite camping gear?
Research can be fun. Research can be exhausting. And, research can be a looooooong rabbit hole from which I may never return.
Since we moved up our full time rv timeline, I’ve had to put the research into high gear. One of those things is where to domicile. We won’t likely keep our Tennessee resident status. Not because we don’t love our state, but because there are other states where insurance and registration will be more cost effective for our budget.
But, wow there are some serious moving parts involved in the process of changing your domicile.
Back to the rabbit hole. I’ll come up for more air again soon.
In my current devotional study I’m learning more about abundance and expectancy. I’m learning how different those two states of being are than I thought they were. I’m learning they go hand in hand.
My meditation this week is John 10:10
The thief comes only to steal, kill, and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. (NIV)