Things that saved my sanity (or at least space)

Our Little Cottage on Wheels

I have discovered several items that have been space savers for us here in a small space and that helps this claustrophobic mom stay sweet.

I am just going to list the items as well as links ( affiliate links) to them if possible! The links are the underlined words!!

I will say that I didn’t get all these items as new , I like me a good 2nd hand shopping day!!

Clip Hangers, I have found these to not be very handy in tight closets BUT they are wonderful for hanging items to dry both inside and out. I currently have my queen sheets flapping in the breeze thanks to these mighty little workers.

Norwex microfiber clothes, These brilliantly designed cloths self-sanitize in the sunshine and are very durable and absorb so much moisture.  Because they don’t stink I am able to go longer between washes.. Love the money savings on the laundry!! My friend Sara Sells this. (they are an awesome company with a great focus and great host rewards)

Tupperware Modular mates, If you know me you know I use and love tupperware. The Modular Mate system has come in very handy here in our camper.  My Friend Carol Sells This. (hint… having a party will get you the best deals)

 

Hot plate, It is very hot and dry here and we pay separately for our electric… So cooking outside helps keep the camper cooler and the ac running less. and that is were this friendly little gadget comes in.

Folding tables. These tables are space saving life savers and are much easier to move in any situation.

Woven Rugs, I love the nice woven rag rugs for catching dirt and making the space homey. I know you can get these at most any small Mennonite stores.

Outdoor rug. I have an inexpensive outdoor rug outside the camper and it stops so much dirt and sets the scene for a bit of out door living 🙂

Mini Freezer. This has been a true sanity and budget saver. The fridge freezer in the camper is so small I cant fit two loves of bread and 4 ice trays. Having this extra space has helped me be able to buy larger amounts of food at one time.

Rolling Storage shelving. This handy little rolling rack has been my right hand in my kitchen. I use the top to dry dishes, and the racks hold modular mates and cookbooks.

Hanging Drying rack. This is also very handy for laundry drying or for swimming trunks.

 

Extendable shower rod. This last item saves my bacon on rainy days. I put it in the center of the shower and hang my drying rack from it. Also works good for a random towel or wet item.

 

Thank you for taking time to read this , Check back, I may add more links as I remember or find new items I like.

Dorcas  at the Delightful Cottage

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I Say Burn It All!!

Nothing is Precious

It has been a Very Crazy month! In my last post about packing I said we should just sell  it all, I am thinking now that burning it all would be much less hassle! I had 3 yard-sales and listed numerous items on the face book marketplace. Wow, I’ll just say FB marketplace is not for the faint of heart (or for the non Spanish speaking)! I have never answered so many messages or repeated my self so many times!

I have been purging and selling and trashing and purging some more. As moving day got closer and closer I donated and sold even more, It is very eye opening to realize how little you really need to live.

As we started packing the camper and packing the items to store I realized again that there are no precious items. I took 2 trailer loads of stuff to Gift & Thrift and gifted items to friends and threw out even more. Oh It is ridicules how much stuff one family can accumulate. The irony of this is, it is not the first time we have moved, its not even the 5th or 10th time !!!!

On the last couple days before we pulled out, a couple good friends came over and helped me wrap up the final details. One stopped in with doughnuts and folded laundry, one of them packed the last items into the camper from the kitchen and bathroom, and the other started sweeping through bedrooms and helping me finish the last purging, donating, and trashing!

On the morning we headed for Texas, our good friends D&M showed up and brought doughnuts! They helped us finish up all the last min details and snapped pictures for us as we pulled out.. There were tears as we waved goodbye to them and our Virginia life!

It has been a truly crazy but blessed and enlightening month. If I can pass any advice along it would be , “hold nothing to tightly especially if it could bless someone else”!

Dory for the Delightful Cottage

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Ready to Head West

Look for our next post  on the trip west and All the People we met!

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Want freedom? Sell all your stuff!

Chalkboard Notes
Chalkboard brain dump

Crazy Time

We are packing to move into a camper. This means downsizing greatly! I do not consider myself a pack-rat but I have plenty of stuff that will not fit into the camper. So we have made the decision to sell most of it!

It is interesting how differently you look at your possessions when you have made the choice to let go of them.  These many numerous items that need to go were really weighing me down. I heard a quote some were that said ” All the items we own possess a space in our brains” That is a very true saying, I am loving the freeing feeling that comes with getting rid of stuff!

Getting Organized

I am currently making a list on our chalkboard ( aff. link) that helps me separate items into 3 main categories! The categories are Sell, Keep to Store, Pack in Camper. I also have a couple small categories like: Things to return, Things to give, Items to scrap!

Today my job is to empty a couple closets and set up a space to place boxes for the upcoming moving/yard sale. I read this article on how to have a successful yard sale. I am planning to implement many of the suggestions.

Thanks for stopping in and visiting with me while I pack.

Dorcas (Dory) ~ For the Heatwole’s

Wonder why I’m packing read about our adventure here!

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Does Mom need this?

Mom needs
Mom needs
How do you know the difference?

Is this truly a want or need? This is the question I try to ask myself every time I am shopping. To say I love to 2nd hand shop would not be overstating, and I also enjoy the convenience of my amazon prime account. Often I catch myself putting things in my cart because they caught my eye. Shopping in real life or online is fun as long as you don’t have buyers regret later. I have discovered that if I pause before checking out and take a hard look at my cart, and ask myself “want or need?” I am much less likely to have regret later.

Want or need?

I am currently shopping for a new stevia shaker.  This has become a need. I buy my stevia from THM in a baggie and then transfer to my shaker.  The one I use now was from a purchase of stevia a couple years ago, but it is not very air tight and it just looks yucky. Amazon has a couple nice ones, but I am not sure I’ll be happy with them. Will they be air tight, are the holes fine enough, is it durable? I don’t want buyers regret.

Reality Check

I double checked the bank account and decided that it is not a need right now. Funny how that works!

Walking through goodwill last month I saw a cute tote that would work for toy storage. I picked it up and put it in my cart. As I continued shopping I realized I have plenty of similar things at home, crates, totes, baskets ect… maybe I should just re-purpose one of those for toy storage. It is such a freeing feeling to put something back and realize that you don’t need it!

Truly a Need ?

Sometimes there are true needs, like new work or school clothes, new tires, or a vegetable seeds for the garden. If it is a real need, we will find that often we already have the means to fill the need! This is especially true if the budget is tight and we have been careful to not squander our resources. Sometimes we have to get creative and make it ourselves or sell something to purchase something else. Bartering with a friend who has the needed skill could also be an option. I would gladly do sewing for a friend who liked to paint, or babysit for a friend with graphic skills.

It is a tricky thing, Want vs Need ! If we really stop and think about what we have it helps put it into perspective. Working on our spirit of gratitude also help immensely! If we are grateful for what we already have, only then will we truly be satisfied with what we have.

What are your current wants or needs? What have you re-purposed lately to fill a need?

Dory ~ Copilot for The Delightful Cottage

 Every prudent man acts with knowledge, Proverbs 13:6a