A year ago this time was a stressful yet freeing time of our lives. We freed ourselves of “stuff”. It was a process, but so worth it. While looking at our “prized possessions” I will admit it was a walk down memory lane. Some things brought beautiful memories, yet there were things that we  asked ourselves why we ever kept it! The mantra we had was if it doesn’t fit into our RV or does not fit purpose for our new life it had to GO! 

When we cleaned out closets, under beds, attics etc…. I realized that we hoarded memories in things. Yes, some were family heirlooms. Those things I contacted extended family members to ask if they would like them. The others were sold only after I took pictures of them so I could have the memory. We took a small portion of our “treasurers” to store at our kid’s house in Tennessee. We are now collecting memories instead of things.

We moved out of our 3200 square foot home that we raised our family for 19 years into an aproximately 400 square feet of living space in our RV. We have all we need with room to spare. We are FREE of STUFF! 

In all honesty it was an undauting task. One year later I can honestly say there may be a day that our “Mobile Condo” will not be our full time home, but when we elect to move back into a “Sticks and Brick” home we will continue to be free of STUFF and continue to make a lot more memories.


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Professional Nomads touring this beautiful country of ours one state at a time. Enjoying the journey without a plan because We Be Winging It


  1. I so appreciated reading your perspective on what it felt like to downsize, and how you realized that “we” (we all do it, you’re not alone) tend to hoard and collect things that are truly meaningless. I found the same to be true when I was doing my own downsizing – a little shock at what I, at one time, found worthy of keeping. Even IF I get nothing else out of this full-time rv’ing experience (2 months in right now), I’ve gotten that lesson about the importance of truly experiencing life versus acquiring “stuff” – sounds like you’ve arrived there as well. I look forward to following along with you. 🙂


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