Keep Your Stuff from Becoming Clutter

Stuff accumulates … especially in an RV and double especially for fulltime RVers. There’s no time like the present to get a hand on the clutter that has simply happened in your RV.

A favorite quote is: “If it doesn’t have a place in your future, what’s it doing in your life.”

Starting is the hard part but there are a few things that might make it easier to sort out your souvenirs, treasures, memories, and even your clothing and other excess equipment:

  • Keep your digital camera handy while you are sorting the keepsakes you have collected over the years. Take pictures of your momentos that remind you of places you’ve been …tee shirts that name places you’ve visited, ball caps, coffee mugs, pennants, etc. You could even take a snapshot of clothing articles you liked but just don’t use anymore. Then discard the stuff you’ve photographed. Upload the photos to your computer. It would be best to label and date them as you go so they don’t become ‘clutter’ in your computer.
  • Take one section of your rig at a time and do the sorting. Arrange what you will keep in places they will always be stored unless you are using them. That way you will always know where they are and can easily check to see if they need to be resupplied. When you start keeping more than you are discarding it is time to stop for the day.
  • Stuff that you have and haven’t used for two years or more should be discarded. Depending on what it is, it can be sold, gifted to someone, recycled or trashed.
  • Learn to be generous and give away good stuff that you have no more use for … even though you still may like it.
  • Keep magazines, papers, catalogs, etc. in a basket or bin and when it begins to fill up sort through it and dispose of back issues and outdated catalogs. Sort through your mail folder and toss what you don’t need.
  • Finish a project and clean up your work area before starting another. Your mother probably isn’t around to remind you to do this.
  • Cancel or do not renew any magazine subscriptions if you have a pile of unread issues.
  • And stay away from yard sales, flea markets and gift shops.
  • Make more room in kitchen cupboards, drawers and cabinets by eliminating utensils and other equipment you rarely, if ever, use.

One last thing to remember is that your treasures and mementos will probably not mean nearly as much to your offspring as they do to you. Also, as long as you cannot give them up, you are responsible for them. Unload and be free!

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