RV in the Redwoods

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


Sorting, Day 2 and RV Purchasing

“Much of what we acquire in life isn’t worth dragging to the next leg of our
journey. Travel light. You will be better equipped to travel far.”

~ Gina Greenlee, Postcards and Pearls: Life Lessons from Solo Moments

So today was another sorting day – and I did accomplish a lot, but not as much as I wanted to when I consider how much sorting I have left to do.  With only weekends to get to work, it is a lot of pressure and a time crunch as the sooner I am out of here and this house is on the market the better.  So, today was clothing day!  I sorted all the clothes I currently have in my wardrobe.  *Disclaimer, I shrunk out of a few sizes this past year and those larger clothes are in the garage still waiting to be sorted – almost all of those will be added to the growing pile for a yard sale and donation*

Here are the “before” pictures of my closet – it is a disaster – a BIG overflowing disaster!



And HERE is the after photo – I breathe easier looking at it!


The crazy thing?  I emptied so much, but EVERY favorite outfit I re-wear week after week is still in this paired down closet.  AND I would even argue that I could sort more (not that I will get too radical yet!)  This was just round 1 with the clothes!  I did not part with anything that I wear on a regular basis.  I could use this much emptier closet and still manage to not re-wear the same outfit for a month!

This is a photo of a clothing box for my storage unit.  Since I lost quite a bit of weight, I am keeping one size up in the unit – lots of cute clothing here I do not want to go out and purchase at a later date (and most of it from other countries, so I could not easily replace it) – The first bin for storage.


And THIS!  This is my growing pile of “STUFF” for a yard sale and then give away. Stay tuned to watch it continue to grow and grow and GROW!


It was definitely a challenge today to sort – and some things were easier to get rid of than others.  And the harder things came down to sentimental value – a shirt I had carried around for twenty years, even though I wore it less than 20 times in those twenty years, etc.  The reality is, I will forget I ever had it once it is gone – it was not my favorite comfy shirt, it was just a shirt attached to a place – and I can keep those place memories in my mind – I do not need a shirt to hold those memories fondly.

Tomorrow I will finish off the clothing sorting with the bins I currently have in the garage and my “Halloween Costume Box” – which I am sure could be thinned out too.  Then, I will call it quits for this weekend – I have to catch up on things for work and give myself a break before a long work week.  Besides, I will pick up where I left off the following weekend.

Now, I have to work on securing the RV!  I have narrowed it down but am struggling a bit with the two dealers – I am shocked at how much customer service has changed in the time since I left the USA almost 16 years ago and moved back three and a half years ago – sometimes I feel like I am begging people to take my business, when they should be more attuned to customer needs.  I cannot tell you how many RV dealers have not returned my calls, etc.  Either they don’t need the sale (which is crazy, this is a lot of money we are talking about) or perhaps they are not taking me seriously as a woman purchasing an RV?  It is all very strange to me and I hope to make some serious movement towards a purchase in the next few days.