Author Archives: prudenttraveler

Down sizing takes strategy

If you have been a collector like me you too have way more stuff than you need or even want at this point. Deciding how to get rid of things is not always easy, so some kind of strategy is needed. I have developed an simple and straight forward way of looking at what you have and deciding what you should keep. You can do this house wide or as I am going to do it, room by room.

First start with those things you need. These include things you need day to day, personal hygiene items, some cloths (not necessarily everything), furniture that meets your day to day needs and so on. Those items are the easy ones, you use them often and regularly.

Next up are those things you wish to keep for personal reasons. This gets a little bit tricky, but you need to be honest with yourself. They are special to you for some reason, sentimental items or family heirlooms. Maybe it is an item you want to pass on to the next generation or share with them at some point. Now looking at these items, if there are a lot, do you really need all of them? Can you get by with a few? Would someone else value them as much as you and you can share that with them? One thing I think about here, is when I pass and my kids have to go threw my stuff, will I be placing a burden on them with the items I have.

Next week we will continue this process with way to shed ourselves of our extra stuff.

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A Pleasant Surprise

So in my mind I have been scrambling and juggling at least a dozen different tasks and event. In the process it seems I lost a week. What I mean as I was trying to fit everything in that I feel like I need to do, I placed myself into next weeks calendar by mistake. The result was more panic and pressure on myself to get things done. It came as great surprise to myself that it was not October 17th, but the 10th. I gave myself the greatest gift of all “Time”. LOL.

Not only do I feel more relaxed, but it reminded me of something very important. Keep your focus on those things that are most important. Something we have been talking about a lot at church. If you try to do everything you will do nothing well.

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Mother Nature has become my Arch nemesis

As the cold weather creeps in I scrabble to finish up a few thing that need to be done on the outside of the bus. Mostly solar panel installations. It just feels like Mother Nature is mocking me, beautiful days throughout the week and cold and rainy on the weekend. I think I may have to take a couple days off work if this continues. So fracking frustrating! Hopefully, this weekend will be kind to me. Fingers crossed.

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Down size challenge

I have spent most my life as a collector and as a result I have way to many thing. And to be honest, the stuff does not make me happy. The challenge is finding a way to rid myself of all that stuff. Time is currently by biggest challenge and as the colder weather come I should have more time for this. I guess the biggest challenge I face to the family items I now have. I have stuff that was my mom’s and my grandparents. Most that stuff is in rubber mate totes in the basement. How do you decide what to part with and then how do you do it. I could pass some of this on to other family members, but is this really passing the buck? Going to have to tackle this soon.

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Just want to share this thought

So this wont be a long post, but it is something that has been on my mind for several months. Memorial Day Weekend we were home in Iowa to visit family. And as usual we were putting flowers on graves. Well it was pointed out to me that next year, I will be the same age my dad was when he passed. I had never really though about it and it hit me kind of hard. I guess the biggest take away is that tomorrow is never promised. So two simple questions comes to mind when you realize this. If you were on your death bed to today, what do you wish you would have done more of? And second, what is stopping you?

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Not a Fail!

So I made it to the DMV late night, but came up short on getting Prudence register as an RV. I went with all my paperwork and pictures of all the work done. I met all the state requirements to register her. But, apparently you need a state inspection. No were is this listed as a requirement, so I will be going back on Friday. Part of me thinks, they just did not know what do do with this kind of title change and part thinks they just want to see it out of curiosity.

We were getting her road ready last night and discovered one turning signal is out. So part ordered and will be done Thursday night. Just in time for the DMV. We do have a backup plan just incase we run into more issues with the DMV. I will share those next week if we have to go that route. Simple Life equals Happy Life!

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Feeling Pretty Good

As I look at my list of to dues on Prudence I’m feeling pretty good. The punch list is getting smaller. Just finishing the composting toilet and building a seat for Paula to ride on. I guess my biggest concern is finding time in my work schedule to get to the DMV. This time of the year is so crazy busy at work. I would rather go sooner than later though, in case I run into bureaucratic headaches.

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Feeling better about our progress this week

Last week if you saw my post you could see I was feeling a bit over whelmed by the conversion process. I’m doing much better this week. I am try to remember at this point I need to be focused on just those things that need to happen to make Prudence registrable. And on that front, I’m feeling pretty good. One of the big hurdles we have is getting her painted, but that could not happen until the sheet metal went up over some of the windows. I am happy to say that got completed this last weekend and painting will start tonight. Tonight and tomorrow night we will be putting Henry Tropicool paint on the roof to reflect heat. Friday and Saturday we will be painting the rest of the bus. Anyone interest in helping, let me know.

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So much to do

The more I get done on the skoolie build the more I realize I have to do. The list never seams to end. I know this is issue is a product of my own making, it is still stressful. I gave myself a deadline when I got the bus to get her ready to be titled as an RV and travel able by Labor Day Weekend. That deadline is creeping closer and closer and although I think I will make the deadline for titling. The reality is much more needs to be done before she is travel ready, including the solar system up and running. Clearly, more days off are in my future. I hope the weather cooperates, I really hate losing days to the heat and rain.

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