Now here is a subject that most of us would never think about unless we are tallying our assets for insurance purposes. If you had to sell everything in your home and only keep the necessities (or in our case, what would fit into less than a 300 sq. ft. space), how much money would you end up with when all said and done? We know that answer now. $3500.00. That’s it. Seriously. That. Is. It.
Allow me to preface this with our living situation prior to the RV. We rented a beautiful home in Hagerstown, MD – 3 floors, 4 bedrooms, 4 1/2 bathrooms, finished basement and 2-car garage. This home was filled with stuff in every room including our garage (which had no room for vehicles since it was packed full of boxes). This was our 20th move as a family and we were obviously never very good at purging. Our goal was a simple one – to get rid of everything. It ALL had to go because RV life requires very little stuff.
So, we planned moving sales every weekend for the month of April. I sold things on Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace and even tried LetGo, which was not my favorite. Once May 1st arrived we still were left with too many random things. Who knew table lamps were so hard to sell? I decided to kick it up a notch. Whatever a buyer could carry out in their hands or grocery bag would cost them one buck. That’s right…ONE DOLLAR TAKES ALL! Brilliant idea, if I must say so myself. When all said and done, we were left with two van-loads of donations to a local church and two loads to the dump.
Seven moving sale weekends + entire household contents = $3500
That is insanity to me when that total includes two high-end tv’s, couches, chairs, tables, beds, you name it, we most likely sold it. It reminded me when I had to sell a $3000 diamond and only received $150. That diamond ended up being worth so little and that really surprised me at the time. Take a look around you and all that you possess. I am here to tell you when it comes right down to it, those possessions are worth very little.
I went to bed every weekend night exhausted to the bone and deliriously happy about it. I felt lighter, even more free as each