Thursday, August 23, 2012

Just Enough

Houghton MI (Sunny Chance of Rain High 79 Low 60)

Subtitled: Simplify, Simplify, Simplify

While plugging in a charger for yet another new electronic device we got to talking about how we have just enough outlets to live. We certainly had more in our old sticks and bricks so maybe we did not need that many. As Henry David Thoreau said "Simplify, Simplify, Simplify". One thing about this living full-time in an RV is that it is not easy to be cluttered by details as you just don't have the room and that is a very good thing. That got us thinking about other things that we have 'Just Enough' of.

Pantry - we have 'just enough' pantry to survive a few days and it is a lot less than we had in our sticks and bricks but we certainly don't have many items that are a few years past expiration date anymore either. We do have to make a run to the grocery store or Wal-Mart every few days but that is OK.

Refrigerator - sometimes we wish we had a bigger refrigerator but we have learned to live with 12 cu. ft. Planning your meals and then buying only what you need for the next couple of meals help keep the refrigerator size manageable.

Counter space - we have been able to fix big meals for two with our available counter space and the island's counter space. Sometimes it is like a chess game moving things around so that there is enough space to work but after almost three years of full-timing we have gotten quite good at that.

Drawer space - surprisingly we also have just enough drawer space for our stuff.

Storage - with a cargo tray in the basement and a floorplan with a rear basement we have stuff with us we have not used for three years. Bob plans to go through all of the storage this fall and get rid of the stuff we have not used yet.

Closet - Jo may not totally agree with this but we both still have clothes we have not worn in a long time so we guess we have 'just enough' closet space. At least Jo has not taken over Bob's closet, we have a floorplan with a smaller wardrobe in the slideout near the bed for Bob and a larger closet across the front of the fifth wheel for Jo, so maybe we do have 'just enough'.

We worried about having enough of all these things when we were thinking about full-timing. Now we just marvel about how we are getting by with much less than we thought we ever could, and having the time of our lives doing it.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo


  1. I've always been a messy cook and not having much counter space has always been a big challenge for me. Even four years later I still don't have it worked out very well. But I love the fact that we have just enough and not a whole lot more.

  2. You are so correct about just enough. Since moving back in a house, I am a bit overwhelmed by stuff. Longing for that simple full time lifestyle:)

  3. 'Just Enough' I like that description. :)

  4. Isn't it amazing how much LESS we can live with. I remember having garage sales when we sold our house and wondering...Where in the heck did I keep all this stuff AND WHY?

  5. You don't have just enough space - you have just enough stuff to fill the space you have. If you had twice as much space - you'd still have just enough!