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The great PURGE!

No, no… I don’t have an eating disorder, I promise!  Let me explain….

Every person who has ever made the leap into living in an RV will understand what I mean by “the great purge”.  When you live in conventional housing (i.e., “sticks & bricks”) we tend to accumulate things.  Things we need… things we think we need, if not now then later… and things we buy on impulse that we later say “what were we thinking?”.  But what we don’t realize is that all these things amount to a LOT of stuff over time.  And the bigger the home we live in the more we tend to collect.  It seems we humans have a desire to fill up whatever space we are residing in!

Obviously moving into an RV means getting rid of most of our non-essential belongings and some of the ones we *think* are essential as well.  Back in August, Mark and I decided it was time to do the first round of purging.  We didn’t have an RV lined up yet but we knew we had a certain time frame and we felt the sooner we got things gone the easier it would be when we did have the RV and could move stuff in.

So round one consisted of cleaning out the garage and putting everything we thought that had any worth on Craigslist and eBay.  Mark had a number of tools that he finally decided he could part with (that was a tough one, let me tell you!!) and those sold like hot cakes!  We also had a number of other items that went quickly as well (our boat, some sporting equipment, and some furniture).  It really is amazing what people will buy but we’re sure glad they did!

We also held back a number of small items and made a few piles for a garage sale, which we had this past weekend.  Mainly some other tools that Mark parted with (it’s like pulling teeth to get him to let go!! lol), some other small pieces of furniture, dishware, glassware, you name it!  Surprisingly we sold EVERYTHING!  And all for great prices!  I was extremely happy with the results money wise and the weird thing is, I felt this HUGE weight lift off my shoulders!  I couldn’t believe how liberating it was to sell all this stuff!

Needless to say I’ve turned into a bit of a “selling junkie”.  I’ve been putting other stuff on eBay and Craigslist that I didn’t think I could part with and find that it’s a lot easier than I thought.  I’ve been selling so much that Mark has had to slow me down a bit!  For some reason he doesn’t want to sleep on the floor or eat at the kitchen counter.  Hmmm!  🙂

The best part (besides the money) is that I am having FUN with it!  I like seeing my things go to people who will enjoy them.  Of course, we are also doing the donating thing too.  A lot of clothing and other items went to Good Will so that is always good.  We also took a truck load to the local dump.  We were truly amazed at how much “stuff” we have/had!  And trust me, there is still quite a bit to go.  I for one will be glad when it’s gone and we can move into the RV!

Even if you are not planning on living the RV lifestyle it’s a really good idea to do this sort of purge once in awhile.  The trick is to not fill those empty spaces back up once it’s gone!  Good luck with that! 😉

Until later…. Shelly & Mark

10 thoughts on “The great PURGE!”

  1. Isn’t it great? I have found it so liberating to get rid of things. A little hard at first because I had to acknowledge a few things–like if I haven’t used that brand new scrapbook in the 5 years it has been on the shelf, I am not going to ever get to it. And it was a waste of money. Not only has purging added to our travel fund, it has also made me even more cautious as a consumer. If I ask myself “Do I want this more than I want to travel?” I have a lot harder time justifying stuff I don’t really need.

  2. Ahhh yes!! The purge! We just finished doing this, (in fact we’ve only been in our RV for 8 days). It was very liberating for me as well. My only disappointment was in the garage sale (we had so few people in spite of tons of things). In the end, I had my wonderful Mark to remind me that it’s just stuff and the money we should have made wasn’t worth the hassle of doing a second garage sale. A month after, I’m okay with it, though at the time it was really hard to bring 3 vehicles full of stuff to Goodwill. I don’t miss all that stuff yet! And I don’t think I will. 🙂

    1. I’m so happy for you! 8 days!! I can’t wait until we are there. And your hubby is right – it is only “stuff”. There are other things out there that will make you happier than that will and by donating perhaps you helped out someone who truly needed it. :-). I will add you to my blog roll. Can’t wait to follow your adventures!

  3. Purging was so liberating for e. I have never been a collector of stuff. But I did have some items of my late mothers I had to come to terms with. After its all said and done she is not in that sewing machine cabinet but in the memory I carry. I know she travels with me and iin my heart I know she would have loved this life style. We have been fulltime 2 years and loved living with less! Good luck

    1. Thank you, Anita! I love the fact that you’ve been full timing for two years and still love it. And you’re right – memories live in the heart & mind and not in some object. Your mother will always be with you!

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