Tuesday, January 29, 2008

A Little Easier

My routine is getting a little easier now. I came home, turned the heater on to warm up the bathroom area, turned on the water heater, made some dinner, checked the internet, did the dishes, took a hot shower with good water pressure (although it was a very fast shower), now I'm writing on my blog and thinking about lunch for tomorrow. I will have to transfer water to my holding tanks again this weekend. That is a weekly chore now. I have 2 bags of trash that I will have to store until I can go to the dump, a monthly chore I think. And my laundry is piling up but I hope to fix that situation this weekend. So, in general, I have a comfortable life in my cozy RV. I hope I can find more renters for my house so that I can stay out here permanently.

I started going through my clothes and tossing the ones that I haven't worn in a long time. I have a big trash bag full so far. I know I should take them to the thrift store and get a receipt for my donation if I want to deduct it from my taxes but I just want to get rid of them quickly. There is a collection box outside of the local school and it is so much easier to just drop them in to the box. If I wait until I go back to a thrift store it could take months before I get rid of them. Sometimes I would just rather get rid of the stuff, give it away or donate it, regardless of the optimum financial return. Clearing the clutter quickly is psychologically more important for me. I can't find anything when I have so much clutter.

Another thing that I noticed when I started to put my stuff away that came from my house is that I have a lot of shampoo, soap, lotion etc... I have lotion from 1999! I didn't like it then and I still don't like it so why am I keeping it? Space is at a premium now, I don't have space to store old smelly lotion that makes me sneeze. I have a lot of half used bars of soap too. Most of them are hand soaps that I wouldn't use in the shower. I need to find different uses for soap because I don't wash my hands enough to use all of it. Maybe I can put it in my old car to deter the packrats. At least it would make the car smell better. It will probably take at least 6 months to get through all of the toiletries that I have collected. I need to keep better track of what I have so that I don't go out and buy more.


Kim said...

I am really bad at keeping soaps and things too.

Can you melt the slivers into liquid hand soap?

Daizy said...

Ooo, that's a good idea! I have collected hotel soaps since I was little. When I moved out but still had stuff at my parents' house, they started USING MY SOAP COLLECTION! I was shocked. Eventually I got over it...I think.