Simplified RV Life

To {be} simplified is not as easy as it sounds.

We are taking the leap of faith and joining in on a movement. This leap will demolish debt and provide us a better life. From 2600 square feet to 400 square feet our family of two adults and three furry pups are clearing out the old and having a minimalist life in a Highlander RV.

This decision began with a simple challenge accepted back in October. I accepted the challenge to declutter and simplify my closet.

At the time, I had a very large closet and lots of clothes that were not being worn. This task was rather simple to start. I was pretty aware of what clothes I wore
and what clothes were just collecting dust. The task got complicated when the challenge unexpectedly carried over into every of my life.

What started as a small idea became a huge disruption to my preferences.

We discovered some frustrating news about our home. Spent our savings fixing it and our first thought was “what now?”.

When we chose to invest our time and income into two businesses we delayed the part of the budget for home “things”. We had old furniture, acquired decor through time, and for us it a made the home beautiful.

We had to chose to fix it before investing in our future, we had to delay more than expected, and we hadn’t even made a dent in the principal value as the home and our ownership was only a few years old.

Well that is the reality of home ownership, you own, you fix it.

Unfortunately for our situation the insurance company and the builder of the house failed us. So we were on our own. In this situation we bit the bullet and did what needed to be done. 

This time it was different, we kept looking at houses and we didn’t see them as homes.

We saw them as structures in the way of our goals. Not probably the first thought of most, but we usually see things differently. My husband and I looked through and saw the debt we would acquire. We thought about how that would combine to debt we would endure from the house we were selling. With those thoughts running through our minds, we just couldn’t pull the trigger on it.

Everything seemed to be complicated with buying a new home, and nothing was “right” for us and our situation.

One day my husband text me while he was at work; “you should look up 5th wheels, we can still have 400 square feet of living space and the price is lower than you would expect”. I started looking. Later I responded; “we can get the truck and the 5th wheel for twenty grand under budget”.

The rest is history.

The journey has laughs and adjustments to come but we are excited about what it holds for us.

In spirit of the holiday season, I laughed this year as I accepted the statement “these are a few of my favorite things“.

 

 

 

 

 

Until next time,

{be} #salty

Love,

Ashley Jane & The {Be}