RV in the Redwoods

…because happiness is a journey of people and experiences, not things

Sorting, Day 1


“Why the obsession with worldly possessions ? When it’s your time to go, they have to stay behind, so pack light.”

~ Alex Morritt, Impromptu Scribe

Today I started the process of sorting to move from 1500 square feet into 400 square feet.  The process of sorting is going to take longer then I imagined.  At the moment I have four categories:

  1. Going in the RV
  2. Going into Storage
  3. Going Away (donated or sold)
  4. Maybe

One of the things I realize today is that the easiest categories are 1 and 3.  I know what I really want and what I really do not want.  Figuring out what to pay to store and wading through the “maybes” will be much more time consuming.

Today I set myself up for the process.  I bought sturdy plastic bins for the storage units (with the humidity here, boxes are not the best storage unit option).  I also bought this wonderful new friend:


I have so much paper garbage that needs to be properly disposed of.  This was where I started today, although I am nowhere near done.  I have boxes and boxes of files and old journals, etc. that have traveled the world with me.  There is a lot of confidential realities, so it will be quite a process, of shredding…. but worth it.  I just do not think I need to keep hauling around medical records from a car accident that happened in September of 1997!  I also do not need the journals I wrote as a 19 year old trying to figure out life.  It is time that these things, though once old friends, move on.  Today it was clearing piles from the past 8-10 months.  The shredded pile is quite satisfying to look at!



The last thing I tackled tonight was shoes.  I have about 40 pairs.  I was able to cut that in half on the first round.  I am already having second thoughts about one pair I put in the Going Away pile, but I am trying to hold strong.  If they were worn less than 5 times in the past year, it is time to say goodbye – and, even so, I still have 19 pairs to deal with!

Give Away

Give Away

Keeping - Some in RV and Some in Storage

Keeping – Some in RV and Some in Storage (It’s a start!)

I am hoping to report more progress after tomorrow.  I want to sort my clothes and I know that is going to be a HUGE challenge for me!



Author: RV in the Redwoods

Twitter: @400daystil40

3 thoughts on “Sorting, Day 1

  1. Its always a hard job, decluttering! Be strong 💪


  2. Remember, nothing is cast in concrete. There is such a thing as re-purging! We’ve been living in the RV for 6 months and I’m still giving clothes to the church yard sale. When you find yourself waffling it’s time to go do something else for awhile.


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