You Did What?
This is what most people say when we tell them what we did. A recent stay at our daughter’s house confirmed our decision. We had the pleasure of staying at our daughter’s house while they were out of town on a little mini vacation. We kept our grandson and revisited our younger days of getting kids to school on time, packing lunches, homework, baths, and bedtimes. It has been a wonderful time and their house is beautiful. We have had the luxury of full size bathrooms, full size kitchen, washer and dryer, and full size refrigerator. Do I miss it? Do I regret selling our house and buying an RV and giving up 3000 sf of space for approx. 400 sf of space?
- House Payment (Insurance & Taxes)
- Cleaning a 2-story house
- HOA Dues
- Electric Bill for a 4 Bedroom 3 Bath house
- Water Bill
- Gas Bill
- Lawn Maintenance (my husband doesn’t miss this)
- Cost of upkeep (when both hot water heaters go out or when a lightening storm destroys your AC – true story)
- Tons of crap stuffed in closets, drawers, rooms, and attic
- Neighbors that we don’t really know
- Having to lock our house like a fortress
My Adventure this Week
Our grandson had a pumpkin that he had to decorate this week and take to school. His mom laid out most of the supplies to finish this project. She found 2 of her glue guns, but the only glue sticks she could find were the ones in the glue guns that were half used. Where were her stash of glue sticks? Somewhere hidden in one of the nooks and crannies of the monstrous house, just like mine used to be. I needed a black sharpie for the pumpkin and I looked in all of the junk drawers in the kitchen and office to no avail. You know what I mean: those drawers filled with random stuff that is like playing the old game from Sesame Street – “One of these things is not like the others”. Drawers filled with bobby pins, batteries, pens, nails, and various parts to appliances that may be long gone from the house. Did I ever find a black sharpie? No.
In the RV, I have a dedicated drawer for items like glue sticks, scissors, sharpies, etc. and containers for each item. Did I when we lived in the house? No, it was just like my daughter’s house.
My cleaning time was increased considerably. There was 10 times the amount of floor to vacuum and mop. Three times the toilets to clean and a large kitchen to keep clean. We did have the pleasure of adding 3 more dogs to our list of family members to take care of. This meant extra floor cleaning time as their large Labradoodle makes a swimming pool on the floor every time he drinks water!
I Love Our Simpler Life
What we do have now is quiet evenings at our home sweet trailer. Morning and evening walks around our park lake. Neighbors that we actually sit outside with and enjoy their company. We have time. More time to enjoy our kids, grandkid (soon to be grandkids – twins coming in 2018), and each other.
Go for it, I promise you’ll love it!
Here’s to the simple life!