How to Downsize in Preparation of RV Living

Packing Boxes in Preparation of MoveAs we’ve talked about plenty of times before, RVs are currently trending. Millennials are increasingly exploring the U.S. in RVs. As a result, more people are looking to downsize, and live—either permanently or seasonally—out of an RV.

Downsizing to live in an RV full-time is a drastic life change and Hemet Valley RV has tips on how to properly do so in preparation for RV life.

Get Ready to Make Donations

Let’s face it: if you’re living in a 3-bedroom home and downsizing to an RV, there’s a pretty good chance that not all of your belongings can come with you. And you have to be realistic—chart what sort of climates you’re traveling to and set aside the essentials. But aside from that, get ready to create a “donations” pile, which should include the clothes you either do not need on the road or haven’t worn in years.

We know this can be hard for people but think of it as a charitable act because it is! Someone else will get to enjoy the clothes that you no longer can. Now, extend the same thinking to other parts of the house, like the kitchen, living room, and basement. Donate away!

Ask the Needs of Other People

There are a few items that you might not want to donate, but also, maybe aren’t right for storage. So take this opportunity to ask around—see if other family members, friends, or relatives want anything, particularly family heirlooms or keepsakes. One of the best ways to do that is to post on social media. Tell your loved ones that you’re starting a new life and have a lot meaningful items available. You’ll be surprised by how many people will respond.

Recognize Your Essential Items

It’s worth writing up a list of the essentials—the items that you’ll need in your RV. Certain documents, like insurance, registration, and driver’s license, are a must, as well as some must-have kitchen items. Because you don’t want to find out later on that you don’t have something you either threw out, or left behind.

With these tips in mind, you’ll be ready to start your new life on the road. If you have other questions or concerns, contact Hemet Valley RV today!