We bought a new-to-us camper! This is something we have contemplated for a few years but never took the plunge. We finally decided it will be a great way to spend our summers, especially with me becoming a teacher! This is a great decision with my goal of wanting to get the family outdoors more often. Additionally, playing outdoors often does not require stuff. We have gotten a seasonal site at a nearby lake and spent this past weekend setting up and relaxing out there.
Nature is the best toy!
How does a camper fit in with my goal of decluttering? Due to the fact that a camper is something we were considering for a while, I always saved items that may one day be useful in the camper. With this goal of decluttering, if we had not gotten the camper this summer, I likely would have gotten rid of everything I had stored. Too much STUFF can drive a person nutty! Was it really the best idea to clutter my home waiting though, I am not sure.
I did not have to spend a bunch of money getting extra items which can be stored in the camper. Clearing them out of my cupboards will make decluttering those cupboards and closets much easier in the coming weeks. My linen closet, bathroom closet, kitchen cupboards, pantry, storage room and more have all gotten slightly less cluttered. I had lots of extra bedding, extra dishes, too many extra towels, an extra first aid kit and a cluttered pantry from saving up for a rainy day.
One good find from our storage room was an unopened toaster oven. Two or three years ago for Christmas, we suggested a toaster oven for Christmas from our parents. The problem is that both Chad’s mom and my dad and step-mom bought us toaster ovens. We got rid of the old one that was no longer working well and ended up, of course, only using one. The other one made its way to the basement storage room where it was almost forgotten about. I use my toaster oven on a weekly basis for cooking chicken breasts, potato dishes, nachos and much more. The toaster item came in handy this past weekend for making toast and I am sure we will make lots of use out of it.
The other good find from our storage room was a boxed cutlery set we got for our wedding almost ten years ago. If you look at the first photo of this post you can see the toaster oven box with the brown storage boxed cutlery set on top. When we got married we were gifted 3 cutlery sets. Two were from close family members and the third was not. The third one was exchanged, one was used and one was stored (except for being pulled out for one Thanksgiving dinner). I am happy that I am finally able to use the set from my Auntie! My new philosophy may become “use it or lose it!”
With my new philosophy at the top of mind, I am researching how to keep my camper from becoming cluttered. Campanda Magazine lists 5 Easy Ways to Organize You RV. Bins and organizers are a great start, just think how annoying the cutlery drawer becomes if you do not have a cutlery tray? When my husband had to run back to the city this weekend he came back with a cutlery tray for this reason. He also purchased a bin for the water hose and his tools. The article also suggests Command Hooks and that is on our list to take the next trip. Another article I found is 12 Awesome RV Storage Ideas from The Wayward Home. They suggest collapsible strainers. That is actually an item I had saved in my storage room along with a collapsible bowl. If anyone has any advice on keeping my camper clutter-free, please comment below.
I think it may be a struggle for me to learn how to declutter and minimize. I just made use out of items I had stored years, lol. I am, however, determined to live with less stuff! Next blog post will be my closets, which was my original intent for this post.