Simple Living – in an RV
First let me say that simple living means something different to everyone. What is simple for me might be complex for you or far too slow paced for your neighbor. You have to find and develop your own definition. With that said, here are some of the ways our lives have become simpler by living in an RV fulltime.
Clothes for Simple Living
A couple of pairs of jeans, a pair or two of slacks, a half dozen casual shirts, a couple of dress shirts and one suit hanging out of the way in the far side of the closet seems to work well for me. Jo has paired down to around 8 outfits that she likes and of course still way too many shoes. (we can’t change all at once). You have to remember that you only need to please yourselves with your clothes. After all, by the time you run out of outfits, you will probably be somewhere else where no one has seen any of them. When we want something new, we simply buy an outfit and donate an outfit.
Sewing – Not so simple living
Jo loves sewing! She has an embroidery machine, regular sewing machine and a serger in designated areas assigned to them in the motorhome. When we are not traveling, sight-seeing, or socializing around the campground you will find her at one of those machines. Admittedly, we have found it a little hard to keep her sewing arrangement simple, however sewing is one of those things that never fails to give her pleasure.
Wheeling and Hobbies
I love to drive on Jeep trails. I try to find someone to go with me for safety, but I just can’t seem to stay still if there are places to explore. When I do settle in, I’m usually in front of my computer, and the TV (often muted), writing about this or that. I have been a long time wood-worker, but having no room for a full workshop limits me to doing wood-work when we are visiting my son, who now has all of my remaining tools.
Social events have become a time of sitting around a campfire with other RVers, swapping tales of travel and sometimes old memories of a faster paced life. We both enjoy learning trivial facts about the places we visit. We also both enjoy photography and there’s always something new to photograph when you are an RVer.
Daily chores – housekeeping
I remember how I dreaded having to clean our home. Jo is a little “OCD” when it comes to cleaning (did I really write that?) When I would suggest a house cleaning service she always said, “Nobody cleans it like I do !” I remember many a Saturday morning, diving into the house cleaning to get it done in time to have a little leisure time, only to fall exhausted into a chair 3 hours later, too tired for anything else. Cleaning an RV is a piece of cake. It takes 20 minutes….30 tops if it’s bad!
Most RVers find that their lives settle in to a few simple pleasures. RVers as a whole are happy folks. A lot of that comes from simple living.