We finished downsizing the kitchen, and now it is time to keep the momentum going. Let’s take a look at how to downsize the bedroom.
OUR DOWNSIZING GROUND RULES:
#1 Think about the space that you are moving in to.
#2 Set-up boxes or areas to organize the items that you go through: keep, sell, donate, trash and RV. We will talk about how to deal with those piles in another post, so for now, focus on the task of sorting.
#3 In each room, we will start with the larger items and proceed to the smaller items.
#4 Look for multipurpose items. They will be a big asset in a smaller space or RV.
Clothing – Clothing can be difficult to evaluate, because our items vary from strict functionality to creative outlet. Not only does clothing vary by item, but it also varies by personality. Some people really use clothing as part of their expression, while others view it from a more utilitarian standpoint. But, at the end of the day, now matter what your ideas of clothing are, you are in the process of downsizing and you know exactly how much space you have to store cloths in your new home. That is all of the space you have to work with, and it sets your limits for you. Here are some tips that you may find helpful…
- Think about your new lifestyle. For RVers, you will probably be anticipating a more casual, outdoor lifestyle. That does not mean you can’t keep a dressy outfit for a date night or special occasion; but maybe you limit yourself to one or two special outfits.
- Consider your climate. For RVers, you can decide what your travel plans are generally and plan accordingly. Most RVers look forward to avoiding the worst of the winter, so only a few heavy items are needed, but you will still need them. In fact, be sure to keep some clothing for extreme weather on both ends of the spectrum. Also, layers work great for RVers due to their flexibility.
- Pick out your favorite items to keep. Most of us reach for the same few items in our wardrobe to wear because we love them. Consider this your opportunity to declutter your not-so-favorites. Act like you are packing for a vacation…what are your favorites items that you would absolutely bring?
- This is a personal goal of mine, but I am trying to not buy any clothing without trying it on first. I am not much of a shopper, and having to try something on in a store is enough to make me be more critical of the item up front. Also, I am trying to only buy items that are flattering on me. There are certain colors and styles that just look better on different body types. Finally, I am trying to stick to what I like to wear, which usually means solid colors and natural fabrics like cotton. I am by no means a fashionista, but I have my goals and hope to stick with them.
- Be mindful of the fact that in your smaller space, you will not have the room for a huge pile of laundry. That may mean doing the laundry more frequently, which will allow you the ability to cycle back through your wardrobe faster.
- The good news about a smaller storage for clothing is that in order to buy something new, you will have to get rid of an item you already have. What are you willing to give up to make space for the new clothing?
Shoes – Shoe storage can be an issue on a RV. As part of our renovation, we actually added a bunch of shoe storage because we had none. As you downsize your shoe collection, make sure to bring shoes that are appropriate for your outfits. Remember to keep a nice pair to match your dressy outfit if you bring one!
Linens – Linens can be a larger item in terms of space, so it is important to decide how you will reduce your stock. As an RVer, you will probably be dealing with extremes in temperatures, so keep that in mind.
Bedside Items – What do you keep at your bedside? What of those items is necessary to you? We like to read before bed, so we each have a lamp and books at our bedside that made the transition on to the RV. We also like to use a diffuser at night for essential oils.
Accessories – These are generally much smaller wardrobe items, so you will be able to find space for some, but take an honest look at your collection and choose to keep only your favorites. Let’s also consider our purse in our accessories discussion. I absolutely, 100% recommend that all women downsize their purse to something manageable for the main reason that it will be better for your body. I used to work for a chiropractor, and you would not believe how many back and shoulder problems are related to a heavy purse, improperly worn. So, take this opportunity to choose a small purse from your collection and make it your only option. Go with something neutral, so you won’t worry about matching your outfit. I actually find as an RVer, that I don’t even take my purse with me most of the time. I am with Chris all the time, and he always has his wallet; so I don’t even think twice about my purse.
That wraps up the bedroom, next up we will take on the bathroom!
How do you handle keeping your wardrobe to a minimum for a RV?