The wind is starting up tonight. Every time it is windy and the RV starts shaking it reminds me that I want to get out of this RV soon. After work I go hang out with the dogs in the mobile home and I look around and try to picture it fixed up. Last night I found some white cardboard and nailed them to the ceiling to cover the holes where the water leak used to be. I ran out of cardboard so I used a white trash bag and duct tape for the last hole. I know, I know, the people at work like to tease me and call me a redneck and trailer trash. I don't care. It's not a permanent fix, I'm just trying to get a sense of how it would look if I put some time and money in to it. Not too much money. Just enough to make it comfortable.
Tonight I painted over the red wall where I had painted flames on the motorcycle tank for a friend. Then I hung a picture over a hole in the wall. I didn't take a picture because it doesn't look very good. I would put new panelling up if I was really going to fix it up. I think I will try to do one think to make it look nicer every night.
Tomorrow I should sort out my kitchen stuff and make a pile for the thrift store. Do I really need 2 microwaves? I never use any of that stuff because I have a whole other set of kitchen stuff in the RV. I still find it hard to get rid of things. There's the cast iron pan that my renters put in the dish washer (it rusted but I will fix it some day...), there's the marble cutting board left behind by the other tenants, there's my blender that I don't use because I don't have room for it in the RV (but I would use it in the mobile home! Mmm milkshakes), there's the dish set for 8 (am I ever going to have 8 people crammed in there? I don't think so), there's the back-up waffle maker (do I really need a back-up?), there are at least 2 dozen glass glasses (they are pretty but I use plastic for every day use). It's time to make some decisions and finally let some of these things move on to better homes where they will actually get used.
Slow or all at once, as long as you do what you really want to do, you will be happy with the result. Sometimes I think about living in a really small space because I know there wouldn't be any room to have a bunch of junk I don't really need.
If I were you, I would keep the cast iron pan and get rid of all the rest.
Objects have a tendency of taking control of our life. I try to fight it. It takes an effort every day.
Sometimes I even desire ship cabin level ergonomy.
"Enough is as good as a feast."
(K.S.Robinson, Mars trilogy)
We moved into a much smaller house last year and HAD to get rid of ALOT of items. It was really hard at first however a year later it is so nice to not have the clutter and more open and airy rooms. I can't even remember half the stuff I gave away. We had a garage sale that really did not make that much money for all the trouble it was. Giving it away to Goodwill was much quicker and painless. Just do a little everyweek and get a feel for what you would like to keep.
Ah the back up waffle maker. You've given me my morning giggle. If you are going to choose one thing, I'd start with that.
How about gifting some of it to your tenants? She is on her own now and always skint. I bet she would love a freebie waffle maker!
I gave away 2 sets of cross country skis on craigslist yesterday. At $15 nobody called but when I made it free my phone was ringing constantly. For some reason the word free makes people go crazy. If you give it away on craiglslist you are relieved of the guilt you would feel by throwing away usable stuff.
Over the Cubicle, I think a tree house would be the best way to not collect stuff. I mean, it would be pretty hard to get stuff up in a tree...although not impossible. :)
KoBold, I've never been a fan of cast iron. I've been told it is wonderful so I keep it around but un-used cast iron is just a large paperweight I think.
Dottie, I agree, giving it to Goodwill is so much quicker. Half of my stuff is still around because I think maybe I could sell it. I just need to give it away and stop thinking about it.
Popular Girl, I know, it's silly. Growing up we had 2 waffle makers because we had a family of 7. 2 waffle makers for a household of 1 makes no sense.
Lizzie, I have considered it. She keeps a very sparse house. She was just telling me how she hates clutter. I should take some lessons from her.
AlexK, oh yes, I gave away my broken guitar and I had 2 dozen emails wanting it. Everyone gets excited when it's free.
A marble cutting board instantly dulls a sharp knife because it is harder than the steel in (any) blade, if you want a good reason to get rid of it there you go Daizy!
bugbear, good reason. Now I have to convince myself that I do not need to roll out pie crust on it and then I will have no reason to keep it at all. Let's see, when was the last time I made a pie? Probably 10years ago. Can I roll out pie crust on a table? Yes. Maybe I can give it to someone for Christmas.
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