Van life has become quite popular in the past few years. No longer is the stigma of ‘living in a van down by the river’ for the downtrodden, gypsies or vagabonds. It’s actually become an incredible way of nomadic life and minimalism. So, if you’re thinking of trying the van life yourself, you’ll want to read how to prepare and downsize for van life or tiny living.
If you live full-time in a RV, boat or even tiny home, you already know clutter issues can pile up if you don’t keep up with it. Living in small spaces makes you rethink how you look at possessions and their importance. The last thing you want is to be buried in mounds of stuff you don’t really need. In this article, not only are we’ll show just how to declutter and keep your RV and small spaces organized and tidy, but how to free yourself of unnecessary clutter.
Living in a van down by the river is a figurative expression meaning being a complete failure at life, a drain on society. However, nothing could be further than the truth for many, including us, who choose to live minimally while enjoying freedom and travel. So, fasten your seatbelts! We’re going to take you on a wild ride showing you how downsizing RVs works for us…and maybe give you that nudge to do it too!
Downsizing from our former fifth wheel to our small motorhome, we found our outdoor camping gear for our small RV was too way big for our storage compartments. So, we had to get rid of all of it and start over with buying new RV gear that’s more conducive to our smaller fun-size RV lifestyle.
Downsizing from our 42′ fifth wheel to our tiny 25′ Class C motorhome, we also had downsize our kitchen and bathroom accessories. A lot of our super-size supplies and gear didn’t fit into our tiny cabinets, storage compartments or living spaces. So, what’s a girl to do?
There’s seems to be a sudden shift in within the RV community lately; especially amongst the full-timers. Several couples, solos and even small families who once traveled with big rig motorhomes, fifth wheels and travel trailers are downsizing down to much smaller RVs. And we decided to join in on the dance and downsized even further from our fifth wheel for several reasons. But, why the Winnebago View?
Once we bought our RV and our truck, we had to step it into high gear to prepare to go RVing full-time. This meant we had to get rid of our stuff. From selling our Kentucky home to everything in it, we stepped on the gas with eight steps to our freedom…from all that STUFF.
We’ve been asked numerous times to share our story of how our dream began over lunches, dinners, campfires, happy hours and small talk. Though our story resonates with other full-time RVers our age, it still piques interest of those who may think we’re crazy. Though we’ve been doing this for over a year now, we thought a thorough explanation might help some appreciate the process we went through to get to where we are now.