Full-Time RV Living – The Monthly Purge Challenge – Month 1 {Part 1}

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When we made the decision to travel full-time, we really had to take a hard look at how much “stuff” we own. Obviously we’re not going to fit everything in our RV which means that we need to seriously purge all of the “stuff” that we have. It is incredible just how much junk one family (and a small one at that) can accumulate. Since our launch date isn’t until June, I don’t feel particularly rushed to get things gone right now, but that doesn’t mean that we’re going to sit back and take it easy. Each month, we will be setting goals for how much we want to purge. By the time June rolls around, we should be good to go!


We're planning our full-time RV living launch and the clutter purge is on! Check out our Month 1 challenge to see what we're up to this month!

I don’t think that any of us really realize just how much stuff we own until we look at getting rid of it all. We’re launching a full-time RV living journey which means that at most we are going to have around 300 sq ft to work with. This means that we can take some of our stuff but not the clutter that we have accumulated over the years. Because of this, each month, we will set two goals for ourselves. The first will be a number goals. This goal will be the number of items that we are looking to get rid of. The second will be a monetary goal. This goal is the amount of money that we wish to make from those items. We don’t have to make both goals, but we have to make at least one.

Full-Time RV Living – The Monthly Purge Challenge – Month 1 {Part 1}

There are a few things that we will not be getting rid of. Things such as family photos and family heirlooms are of course, not going anywhere. These items will be boxed up for storage and for now, stored in the garage. Once we actually launch in the RV, those items will them be moved to storage so that they are safe and sound. There is also a handful of items that we don’t want to get rid of just yet. Those items will be going into storage as well and we will re-visit them a year after our launch.

Onto this month’s challenge!

Because this is our first challenge month, we’re going to take it easy and do more organizing than purging. I am a bit OCD with things like this so it drives me absolutely batty to simply go at something without a plan or any organization. Making the change from a 2,000 square foot home to full-time RV living, means getting rid of 90% of what we own and I feel like doing that without any organization at all could result in less money made from items sold and a general hecticness to the whole thing that I would like to avoid.

We will be using sites like Swap.com, Paperback Swap, Cash for Books, SwapACD, SwapADVDEbay and Amazon FBA for selling our items. I will also be using local apps like OfferUp and LetGo.

So here are this month’s purge challenge goals: 200 items or $500.00

Go through and purge all books – We are all readers and because of that, we have a ton of books. Needless to say that once we’re full-time RV living, we can’t take them all with us. It is my goal to get all of our bookshelves sorted, purged and sold this month. I will be keeping any that we will need for school this year and a few others that are extremely hard to come by. Books that we can’t immediately sell will be boxed up and held until spring when we have our first purge yard sale. Why a yard sale? I have been holding yard sales for well over 15 years and at this point, I consider myself a yard sale pro. My sales usually net well over $1,000 so it is worth my while to hold onto “inventory” for those sales.

Get our garage cleaned and sorted – We currently have a 2 car garage and like a lot of other families, it has become the catch-all for things that we either still have in boxes or things that we aren’t sure what to do with. This month, we will be working mainly on getting things in the garage sorted out. Again, we will sell what we can and hold any other items for a yard sale early next year.

It may not seem like much, but without seeing just how much “stuff” I’m talking about, you’ll just have to trust me that it is. Wish us luck and check back at the end of the month to see how we did! Maybe I’ll even post photos of everything we get rid of!



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Stacy Barr is the face and brain behind the frugal living and lifestyle blog Six Dollar Family. A true gypsy soul, her newest blog, Unsettled Hearts, chronicles the journey of her family to become full-time travelers. By the age of 30, Stacy had overcome an alcohol addiction, a drug addiction, divorce, survived domestic violence and had built a life for herself and her daughter after spending 10 months in a homeless shelter. Stacy is passionate about homeless advocacy and addiction education.  Her first book, also called Six Dollar Family is available on Amazon.

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