Larger Restroom Please

As you may know, we are traveling the country in our RV.  We are lucky to have time off each summer to do this.  We have been away from home for 34 days so far.  Knowing that we are living small for 6-8 weeks changes your requirements of comfort.  Some people are considering moving into a tiny home and we have a few things you may want to think about before going extremely small.  (Our RV with the slide-out extended gives us 206 square feet of living space.)

  1.  Our toilet and basin room is 41 inches by 37 inches.  If I were living in this permanently, I would want something just a tad larger!  Thankfully this doesn’t include the shower.  It is on the other side of the hallway.  You can see it in the mirror.IMG_3313
  2.  Insulation!  Our RV is so poorly insulated.  Many of the tiny homes are built on trailer bases and this allows them to easily be moved from place to place.  A drawback of this is the weight.  Insulation adds to the weight and may slightly decrease the living space when every inch matters.
  3. Watch the height of a loft.  Some people have a longer torso length and have a hard time navigating lofts.

Anyone else living small and have a suggestion or 2 to add??

 

 

 

May 2016 Update

We have had 1099 random items leave our home this year, 103 during the month of May.  It amazes us that we are able to find more things to declutter!

We will be traveling for the next 7 weeks.  While we are gone, we will be decluttering the RV and adding it to our annual count.  We figure if the garage can be decluttered, our home away from home can be too!  It will be interesting to see what kind of stuff we have hidden away in the RV and don’t use/need.

Happy Summer everyone!!

 

Update on Finances April 2016

From our original financial simplification post:

Of course, there are certain “purchases” we strongly feel were necessary and must pay for:  home/mortgage ($128,152.60), cars and RV ($16,653.62), college education for our children ($93,628.93).

Grand total: $238,435.15 as of April 1, 2015.  Our goal is to be debt free in 5 years.  Each of these 3 categories were “necessary” in our mind to give our children a stable environment and educational/professional opportunities.  We wouldn’t do anything different in these areas.

A year has passed since we started this blog and we have some financial updates!  We are close to living on one income to speed this along!

  • Cars and RV $9571.89 (decreased balance by $7,081.73)
  • Mortgage $116,445.85 (decreased balance by $11,706.77)
  • Student loans $70,275.14 (decreased balance by $23,353.79)

    Total Debt Reduction = $42,142.29

    Our goal was $47,687.03  John is happy with our current total since we also paid for a wedding last summer for kiddo#1.  Barb is happy with any reduction knowing we had a wedding last summer!!

  • We’ve also been trying to put some into savings each month – right now we have $15,881.84
  •  Last year we had $1,827.58  
  • Total savings in one year = $14,054.26!!  It’s hard to believe we were spending that much extra on “nothing”!!

February Update

February has been a slow decluttering the stuff month for us.

We removed 121 items from the house – mostly from kitchen cupboards.  We made one donation trip to Goodwill this month as well.

Our grand totals are:

  • 724 items gone
  • 4 donation trip

This cupboard pictured below was cleaned out again.  The empty spot on the middle shelf holds a mixing bowl.  We also placed 6 place settings of our china and crystal goblets in this cupboard instead of boxed in the hall closet.  Now they can be used!!

Kiddo #2 needs to be asked if we can get rid of her color-changing oatmeal bowl – she ate and saved instant packets to “buy” it and I just can’t seem to remove it yet.  John thinks that after living away from here for the last 8 years gives us the “right” to eliminate it – yet she ate oatmeal out of it (not instant anymore) when she was home at Christmas.

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Here is the “mystery” item of the month – iodine.  Why did we have a small bottle of iodine (which expired in 2001) mixed in with these really old extracts??  We extracted the extracts from a cupboard as well.  John knows the chocolate extract has been with us since 1989 – he used it to make chocolate liqueur soon after kiddo#2 was born.  Good buy extracts!

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We have completed our taxes for 2015.  Donations last year gave us a tax credit of over $18,000!  Here’s a pic before I finished entering all our donations.  Our big fear is that we will be audited!

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January Challenge Update #4

So this month’s challenge was . . . challenging!  Not only keeping track of the number of items each day, but documenting with pictures was more effort than we thought.  We had the counting down – both of us counting “trash” and “recycling” stuff as we worked, donation stuff in a box to be tallied when the tax list was prepared.  Easy system for us!

Then we added the number of items to equal the date challenge.   This aspect was strange for us.  We were used to just working until we felt finished for the day.  Trying to maintain the daily removal, especially as the month’s end was looming, was more difficult than we ever expected.  Stopping at a specific number each day took more restraint than we are used to!  

The positive is how easy decluttering the stuff can be if you take it one day at a time – each day has a specific goal whether it is a number, location, type of items, etc.  Just set a goal!

Barb had “fun” playing with a new app to make a collage of the pictures – each day being put into a single collage.  It was more effort than she is willing to continue!  Our numbers updates may occasionally include pictures in the future but we are done with the pics of everything leaving the house and which items should “count”.

January did see 601 items leave the house.  It also saw the addition of a new high efficiency washing machine – more on that soon.

 

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January Challenge update #3

So here we are – January 23!  We have been decluttering fools!  We find it hard to believe we are still finding stuff to declutter.

Grand total so far in 2016 – 563 items!

Here are the pictures for the items decluttered for the Decluttering Challenge to remove the number of items corresponding to the date.

The tile for day 16 doesn’t exist in the house any longer – why keep it??  We are also finally to the point we can clear out the excess from the garage after the Great Flood of 2015.  Boxes that weren’t picked up by others are being cut to be recycled.

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days 16 and 18: Misc from garage.  Try not to judge!  We should do a before/after pic!  day 17: stuff from around the house.  day 19:  John cleaned his desktop!

 

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day 20: Liqueur John made in 1989!  days 21 and 22: flatware mostly from the RV.  How many people were we thinking would stay in RV with us???  day 23: 23 cd’s from kiddo #2 bedroom.

January Challenge Update #2

One January challenge is to rid our home/garage of items each day equal to the date.  So far we have kept it up!  Barb loves the Phototastic Collage App for Windows 10!  Can you guess Barb’s favorite color??

Total Items removed so far:  419 of our goal – 2016 items in 2016!

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Day 8:  old washcloth, backpack and the trash found in it   Day 9: Curtains and polygrip for the crown that fell off   Day 10:  4 hangers, boot box, 5 burned cd’s    Day 11:  6 tights, 4 watch batteries, sunglass case
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Day 12:  2 purses, 2 directions on using fondant, 2 craft kits, 6 unworn undies   Day 13:  13 whiteboard markers taken back to work   Day 14: 14 random things from the desk   Day 15: 15 undies worn only once and not liked