Waiting to Exhale…

Our miniature mobile mansion (travel trailer) will be arriving soon.  Even though much uncertainty revolves around its temporary parking place, I am anticipating the peace and clarity that will roll into town with it.  Over the past few months, many unwanted items have departed from our current dwelling, despite their exit, it still feels cluttered.    I don’t know if the size of the house contributes to the level of anxiety or if we still have way too much stuff.  I feel the latter is the issue as I scan the remaining contents of our home.

I know what lurks in the cabinets, hides in the closets and fills the remaining boxes that are leftover.  Those items will be useful to someone, but my motivation to part with them is on sabbatical.  I need to feel useful and accomplished, but I am totally exhausted!  I have a lot of tasks that are awaiting completion while I sit here and ponder the unpacking of my current suitcase from my last out of town adventure.  Its the old triangle of I need to get on task so I will feel mentally better, but then when I finish I don’t feel physically better, I feel dog-tired.  That alone is my downfall.

We are starting a list of things we use frequently in the next three weeks, so we know what to take to the trailer.  So far I have used a pizza cutter, a small saucepan, a bowl, silverware, plates, and a plastic storage container.  Later in the day when I cook dinner I will add to the list.  I’m debating on how many clothes I can get by with.  I have already completed Project 333 but that probably is more clothes than I will need as will be wearing uniforms four or five days a week.  I had also given thought to stick with the 33 items, but store some of them under the bed (it lifts up) so I can switch out my closet contents to keep boredom at bay and not wear the same two outfits every weekend.

Under no circumstances are we taking items we will not use to our new home.  It is a small space, and could quickly become claustrophobic with possessions littered about.  We need to make a pact to jettison anything that goes with us that suddenly lands in the not being utilized category.  I can see that happening with kitchen items and clothing which is why the list.  We make pizza at least once every one to two weeks so bringing the cutter along is wise.  I hear RV ovens are temperamental so for pizza sake, if you have experience with that please comment and offer solutions if you have any.  I will keep you updated on the arrival date of our new palace and will post pictures once it arrives.

Happy Day,


Published by: Midlifemimi

My husband and I are working toward a life of simplicity. We have six children and twelve grand-kids. This August we will be expecting our first Great-grandchild. My husband works full time and as of now, I am a stay at home wife. Our big house is up for sale. We currently live in a travel trailer near my husband's work. We recently purchased land and are anxiously looking forward to moving, but there are a few hangups.

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  1. The size of an oven in a camper can vary, and I currently have the smallest oven out of the 4 campers I have owned. I bought a countertop oven early in my camper experience. It’s a tall enough in size that I can bake a bundt cake in it with no problem. But that would involve another purchase and more stuff for you.

    You could lay a baking stone on the bottom of the oven. It helps to even the temperature of the oven. In my opinion either the counter top oven or the baking stone would be a good investment for you. If you bake often, get the oven. If you only occasionally bake, get the baking stone to lay in the bottom of the oven.

    Another option to think about is this. In the summer campers can get pretty hot inside and the air-condition can run continually. If you use the oven during the summer, it’s gonna add to the heat inside your camper. You can take a countertop oven outside to use. All campers have an outlet on the outside.

    Of course all of this depends on if your camper comes with the traditional oven or a micro/convection oven. I’ve always had the traditional type, so my experience is old school. But if you have the convection in the microwave type. You shouldn’t have any problem at all.

    Good luck in your adventure. And thank you for taking us along for the ride. Can’t wait to see what’s beyond the next turn.



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