Full-time RV Living? Storage & Downsizing Tips!



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If you’re going to RV full-time or downsizing… how to handle your “stuff” can be overwhelming. Your storage unit tends to reflect your future plans. When we first started traveling the US by RV, we were prepared to return and furnish a smaller house. When we decided to continue to travel, our storage unit became an unwanted expense and after four years, we had to do something about it! In this video, we share some tips to help you avoid mistakes when it comes to downsizing or storing your things.

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45 thoughts on “Full-time RV Living? Storage & Downsizing Tips!

  • August 10, 2020 at 8:28 pm
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    Trish wrote a blog about decluttering and downsizing: Is your clutter costing you your dream?
    https://www.keepyourdaydream.com/downsize/

    Are you ready for the next big event in your life? Not surprisingly, opportunity and change come after preparation. When we’re busy managing our stuff, we can be distracted from seeing new possibilities of a new path often leading us to our dream.

    Beginning the process of decluttering and downsizing can put you in the driver seat of your life and help you answer the tough questions that can lead you to what you’ve been looking for.

    This blog will help you with the following:
    How to get started
    The hidden cost of clutter
    The difference between decluttering and downsizing
    How to donate in the best way possible
    Tricks to keep up with your progress
    How to avoid storage mistakes with 10 ways to store better

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  • August 10, 2020 at 8:28 pm
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    Gearing up mentally to downsize more stuff. I want to feel more freedom. I think my next level of contentment might be waiting for me on the other side of my stuff.

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  • August 10, 2020 at 8:28 pm
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    those "boxes" are called a "bin of remembrance" in my family we all have just 1.

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  • August 10, 2020 at 8:28 pm
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    The montage at the end was the BEST, most INSPIRING footage you have ever produced. Thank you for sharing your journey.

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  • August 10, 2020 at 8:28 pm
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    We have a 10 x 20 storage unit slam full, a loaded garage and a full house. Ugh, its time to make something happen.

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  • August 10, 2020 at 8:28 pm
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    KYD! Found you SUBBED! Closing on our house this Wednesday to go full-time RV and you guys have been MORE than helpful, fun, and inspirational!

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  • August 10, 2020 at 8:28 pm
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    Thank you for the idea about what to do with a relative's funeral flag. While we love and honor our dearly departed we simply cannot store and display every item that was meaningful, especially when the meaning gets lost as the items get passed on further to generations who didn't know the departed. Because of experiences in the Great Depression my family had a practice of not getting rid of stuff with life in it and attaching emotion to trinkets and fripperies, souveniers of trips finally afforded by someone in the family, rare visits to exotic places (even just a state or two away). This meant that each successive generation received great pressure from the older generations to KEEP and DISPLAY the items "bestowed" upon them when the older generations decluttered and downsized. As the recipient of three generations' worth of such treasures I found myself storing quite a lot, including many items my father stored for decades. While I managed to pass certain useful things to in-laws who actually wanted and needed them I mostly have to play a waiting game, until certain older family won't notice that certain items are gone. While I can eventually donate most of the trinkets, souveniers, and useful things the military insignias and funeral flags are another matter. Now you have given me an idea for the flags, and I thank all of you involved in getting this idea passed on this far.

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  • August 10, 2020 at 8:28 pm
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    We have antiques. Not ready to burn that 🤣. We are constantly going through storage and getting rid of stuff. For expensive items like fine china etc we put pictures on the outside of the box. We did the box numbers for my husbands moms stuff. Some good tips. Thanks for sharing. Alice

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  • August 10, 2020 at 8:28 pm
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    I loved the way you did the flashback montage! It is amazing how far you've come. I enjoy your travels and adventures so much!

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  • August 10, 2020 at 8:28 pm
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    Would love to see a readable picture or graphic of your family sign. Sounds like a good idea for my family in the future

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  • August 10, 2020 at 8:28 pm
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    Wow! What a full circle moment! Great work! Clutter may be the death of me😆 We have a whole room that has future yard sale stuff and it looks like a disaster all the time?! Now we have gone from thinking we were living in a 42 ft 5th wheel to a Promaster Van!! It will be an adventure 😀 Thanks for motivating me to get back to downsizing!!!

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  • August 10, 2020 at 8:28 pm
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    We. Moved from a 3200 sq ft house to a 1200 sq ft house 6-1/2 years ago. There was 7 rooms we didn't live in. One of the best decisions we ever made. Very manageable !

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  • August 10, 2020 at 8:28 pm
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    Y’all continue to be such a major inspiration to me. Such a wonderful video!

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  • August 10, 2020 at 8:28 pm
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    I was surprising myself at being emotional looking to this amazing recap, acknowledging I've been "with you" for that long. I enjoy each show and love to know you all a little bit more each week.

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  • August 10, 2020 at 8:28 pm
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    Oh my gosh! Teared up with your footage of the kids when they were little! Cannot believe i have been following your family for sooo long. Love you guys!

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  • August 10, 2020 at 8:28 pm
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    After my father passed away, I had to clean out the house so I could sell it. After donating all the furniture to the needy, donating all the clothing, I ended up with a 10 x 25 foot storage unit.I filled it from side to side, front to back and top to bottom. 100% full. In it was mostly my dads stuff, some of my mom and brother and a lot of my own. It started out at $250/month. After three years it was going up to $350/ month. I needed to get rid of a lot of the stuff. My wife bought me two sheds, 8 x 10 each which equals about 2/3 of the storage unit. Some stuff was just to sentimental to get rid of, so those two sheds are full now. I ended up getting rid of 9 TV sets, two engines, one transmission and a lot of other junk. Now that I'm retired, I can take time to go through everything and get rid of some more. In case you're wondering about the two sheds when they get empty, one will be where I keep all my tools that I don't need in the garage. Mostly woodworking tools, the other will be storage for whatever. I had two other sheds already. One has the ride on lawn mower, snowthrower and other yard related items. the fourth shed will eventually be removed since it is falling apart. This will give me the room to store the TT and at least two of my cars (I have seven). This will make life easier for sure.

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  • August 10, 2020 at 8:28 pm
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    Hi! We, deaf subscribers, always enjoy watching your videos with subtitles or captioned but not this video. Please kindly to add caption to this video. It would be greatly appreciated.

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  • August 10, 2020 at 8:28 pm
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    Oh my you guys made me cry with all the years memories, the kids were so little! Love this channel….stay safe KYD!

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  • August 10, 2020 at 8:28 pm
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    we have decided that our next new adventure with the kids grown, we are selling house , and living in RV full time. Its been a dream, and yes, we are down sizing.. thanks for all your insight we have been binge watching and learning.,

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  • August 10, 2020 at 8:28 pm
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    We sold our house of 34 years last September….we were not going to deal with a storage unit as we were leaving the state of Maine to RV(this is how we found you) So we GOT RID OF EVERYTHING that didn't fit in the RV! ALL GONE! AHHHHH <3

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  • August 10, 2020 at 8:28 pm
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    Marie Kondo: "Does it spark joy?' is a good question to ask whilst holding each piece. If not, thank it for its service and let it go. She also says that sentimental items you can take a photo of it and then let it go. They have worked for me!

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  • August 10, 2020 at 8:28 pm
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    How much will you be asking for the tear drop trailer? I’ve been looking for one! I want to travel out west for just me, myself and I! Please let me know! Just paying cash!!

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  • August 10, 2020 at 8:28 pm
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    Great tips and made me so nostalgic that I am starting over to watch your vids from the beginning. Thank you for sharing your lives with us. <3 <3 <3

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  • August 10, 2020 at 8:28 pm
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    Nobody but KYD could do a video on cleaning out the storage room and make it interesting!

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  • August 10, 2020 at 8:28 pm
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    Marc was so young! We can get him back there with some color in that beard!

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  • August 10, 2020 at 8:28 pm
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    Just getting caught up. Y’all are truly and inspiration! The moment you began was a leap of faith. Amazing how those moments of numb passion became the building blocks of global inspiration! Thank you for motivating and inspiring us for 4 years.

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  • August 10, 2020 at 8:28 pm
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    Oh, WOW!! Very good life lessons on decluttering Trish and great job!!! I love my cast iron enamel painted Dutch pans too!!!
    I don't know why I'm saying this but I've watched your Sunday night videos every Sunday for many weeks but this episode I started then went back today to finish, OMG The "memory lane" at the end was OH MY GOODNESS the sweetest memories and seeing Mattie bought a tear to my eye 😢!! I love the video and was wondering if we would see the beginning of your journey getting your trailer!! 💓 That is how we felt when we bought our Coachmen Catalina Santara 272BH a few wks ago. I have been documenting so I can learn how to YouTube by projects and learning experiences. Thank you Leach Family!!!! 💓😍

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  • August 10, 2020 at 8:28 pm
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    Marc…look up Steve Martin "All I need" in The Jerk…your crawfish trap and bolt cutters reminded me of that hilarious scene! Love the video!!!

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  • August 10, 2020 at 8:28 pm
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    Thanks for sharing this – so cool to watch the journey come full circle (original footage and route map made this really special)

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  • August 10, 2020 at 8:28 pm
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    When we went fulltime, June 2019, we stored 10 boxes and a families house. I go through our camper every 2 months to get rid of stuff that has not been used. Rule of thumb for most items in the camper is, that it has to have a duel purpose. So much fun to go through it so often.

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  • August 10, 2020 at 8:28 pm
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    WHY AM I CRYING?!?!?! The end montage was beautiful and as soon as I see Carson I said out loud, "Oh my goodness he's so little!" What beautiful memories and life you have given your children and I can't wait to do the same for mine 🙂 I'm super excited to learn for right now how to start a YouTube channel and purchased your course because why not learn from the best?!

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  • August 10, 2020 at 8:28 pm
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    Keep Your Daydream,
    A while back I watched a video that described, (on a white board), weight distribution and choosing the correct towing vehicle the rig that will be towed.
    I’ve been through all of my saved and watched videos and can’t find it. I have been thinking that you were the creator. If you’re not the creator, could you please let me know? If you are the creator could you put a link in the reply to this message, please?
    It’s very important that I’m able to figure out what we need right away.
    I have the rig picked out but need to know the right truck we need to purchase.
    My husband is a medical professional and due to the C-19 pandemic we are being called to another state to work.
    We have a travel trailer and pick-up but need to upgrade because, a.) we now have 2 pets and need the extra room, and b.) we’re traveling to a mountainous area. It’s still snowing there, and our truck isn’t a 4 wheel drive.
    Thank you so much in advance for your responses.
    PS, I so enjoy your videos

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  • August 10, 2020 at 8:28 pm
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    It is always such a different process each time you downsize due to your new mindset you have obtained. Awesome video

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