RV52.com - The "Start Here" Button for RVing http://rv52.com An information resource for new or future RVers Tue, 16 Dec 2014 13:44:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 RV ing the Spartan (lite) way – A framework for clothes http://rv52.com/rv-ing-spartan-lite-way-framework-clothes/ http://rv52.com/rv-ing-spartan-lite-way-framework-clothes/#respond Sun, 14 Dec 2014 15:27:48 +0000 http://rv52.com/?p=39579 (this is an excerpt from my book: The Spartan RV) Clothes deserve a topic all by themselves. Surprisingly, clothes are very, very heavy. They also take up a fair amount of room. Clothes are also a big part of identifying who we are in the world. The neatness and cleanness of clothes also signal who we […]

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Clothes deserve a topic all by themselves.

Surprisingly, clothes are very, very heavy. They also take up a fair amount of room.

Clothes are also a big part of identifying who we are in the world. The neatness and cleanness of clothes also signal who we are to the world.

To be Spartan-like with clothes you must utilize balance. You should have just enough clothes, but not any more!

Are you surprised that clothes are heavy? Here is an experiment. Weigh yourself with a normal outfit and shoes, then weigh yourself naked. You’ll be very surprised at the difference. It could easily be as high as 5 pounds.

Multiply 5 pounds TIMES 40 outfits. That is 200 pounds of clothes! If your significant other has just as much clothes, now you have upwards of a 500 pound clothing weight inside of an RV. Remember, that some RVs might even have a carrying capacity of no more than 500 pounds.

You must watch the weight at all times. Especially if you are going to live in the RV full time.

I think the same rules should apply to clothes as they do to everything else, with some slight caveats.

* If it is casual clothing – you should wear it once every two weeks. I recommend having a 2 week supply of clothes before you need to launder clothes.

* You can wear your blue jeans more than one day so you don’t need a 1-to-1 blue jean to shirt mix.

* It is OK to a limited amount of special occasion clothing – perhaps 2 outfits for special occasions.

* Shoes – I’m sorry ladies – but you have to keep your shoe collection reasonable. I would shoot for 2 pairs of casual shoes, 2 pairs of bumping around sandals, a fitness shoe, and 2 pairs of nice shoes that can be worn with you 2 nice outfits and cross-over to some of the casual as well. That will give you plenty of choice without filling the RV up with shoes. Putting a shoe rack anywhere in an RV will affect your day to day living. Trust me I’ve done it.

* Husbands and Wives (or other similar co-habitation units) – Limit your TOTAL combined clothes collection to no more than what the closet can hold. If you have a full width closet that is the width of the RV then lets be realistic – let the lady have 60% of the space and you can take 40%. But under no circumstances should there be any clothes overflow except for the normal underwear, socks, and a small miscellaneous collection in a small set of drawers.

* If you have a travel trailer which has a right and left closet, there is no good way to give the lady more space. You’ll just have to each get one of them. (Hint to the ladies – a fifth wheel will serve you better if you have lots of clothes).

* Underneath the bed storage – Don’t fill it with clothes. The space is too juicy and if you’re not careful you’ll have lots of weight hidden under the bed.

The best “rule” I can give for keeping your RV Spartan-like in the clothing category is this – If you can’t fit it in your designated area for hanging clothes then you probably shouldn’t have it.

 

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Many, many people believe in something – some form of higher power. My personal bent is belief in some guy that died 2000 years ago, came back to life, and mediates between me and the creator of the universe. Some believe in Mohammed, some Buddha, some people are Hindu… there are many, many more religions and things to believe on this earth.

If I’m a betting man I must believe that you are a believer in one of those religions I’ve listed above. I could be wrong – don’t hold that against me – I’m just betting the odds.

Now assuming that you are in one of those belief systems – I have to believe that you also have to want to be better at whatever your religion is – a better Christian, a better Muslim, a better Jew or what have you. If you aren’t striving to improve, then you really might be a fake. Again I apologize.

Following my reasoning, given you want to improve yourself, given that you are probably in some form of belief system, then it goes to follow that nearly EVERY ONE of these religions has as a fundamental tenant that you should not accumulate stuff for the sake of accumulating stuff. Having substantially more than you need is immoral no matter what seat you are sitting in.

So by choosing a Spartan-like life you are also choosing to be closer and more consistent to your belief system.

Doesn’t that make attending your normal religious services feel that much better?

You bet it does.

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Freedom from Worry – Philosophy on Worry Free RV ing http://rv52.com/freedom-worry-philosophy-worry-free-rv-ing/ http://rv52.com/freedom-worry-philosophy-worry-free-rv-ing/#respond Sun, 30 Nov 2014 17:06:48 +0000 http://rv52.com/?p=39551 (this is an excerpt from my book: The Spartan RV) Worry. Defined roughly as a “state of anxiety” over actual or potential troubles. As I write this a storm is coming in. We recently bought a new car so we parked the car in a nearby parking ramp because we didn’t want hail to hurt the […]

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Worry.

Defined roughly as a “state of anxiety” over actual or potential troubles.

As I write this a storm is coming in. We recently bought a new car so we parked the car in a nearby parking ramp because we didn’t want hail to hurt the finish of the very pretty car. But once we did it, we moved on and didn’t think anymore.

We DID worry about the hailstorm. We took action to address the WORRY. Once we implemented our plan of action, worry was released.

Worry that leads to action that leads to release of the worry could actually be good.

Some people worry that the stock market might go down. The problem is that they cannot control the stock market. Their worry cannot spur action. Well it could – they could sell the stock. Then they will worry that they are missing out on the market going up. People who worry about the stock market very likely will worry simple to worry.

If you are RVing in Florida having the time of your life and you are worried about the 6 feet of snow that could potentially break the roof on your house, you are being a slave to your house. You are TAKING FROM your joy of the current moment and placing mental energy on something you can’t control and cannot take any action to remedy short of double checking your insurance. This is a great example of how possessions can keep you a slave to worry.

Worry that spurs you to action is good worry. That worry is temporary. One of the most important words in the definition is the word “state”. The state of anxiety is a state that is fight or flight. When you are in a fight or flight mode, you will produce cortisol. Cortisol is good for short periods of time, but for extended periods of time, cortisol will shorten your life.

For you to effectively know if you need to downsize something you need to ask yourself “Will I be thinking about this [insert thing here] while I am a thousand miles away from here?” If the answer is yes, then you need to seriously consider exchanging the item for cash.

Note: If you exchange something for cash because you were going to worry about the thing, then worry that you are missing out in stock market returns, you might need professional help. Certainly the question has to be – what exactly is it that you want or need out of all this worry?

But if you can be free from worry, you can completely detox your body from cortisol, get yourself some sleep, and leave your troubles behind.

Wasn’t that why you bought your RV in the first place?

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One of the neatest little handy tools that can be used for good or evil is a smart phone.

If you still have a flip phone, you might consider switching because the smart phones are easy to make calls. No need to be afraid. It is just that smartphones can do much more. They are expensive, but if you don’t do too much with your computer, a smart phone can completely replace your computer.

I own an Apple iPhone. My wife owns a Samsung Galaxy. The iPhone brings you into orbit around Apple, and the Galaxy brings you into orbit around Google. Nokia has a slick smart phone and it brings you into orbit around Microsoft. I’ve no experience  on the Microsoft side of things so can’t comment on them.

Buying a smartphone on ebay or Amazon is a dizzying experience and I would recommend going to your local phone store that you trust to get some guidance. You might not get as good of a deal, but then again, you are more likely to be happy that you got what you needed.

Now that you have a smart phone, here are the ways that the smart phone can simplify your life substantially, which is yet another form of Spartanism (utility per dollar or utility per trouble).

I’ll explain how I use my iPhone. You can reasonably assume there are similar things on the Android (Samsung Galaxy) front as well.

  • Eliminate clutter from business cards. I use the business card app called “ScanBizCards”. There are others. This one cost $1.99 which is basically the same as free. It does a good enough job that I haven’t hunted for others. After scanning, you can make corrections. Then (a critical step) you can send the business card to your Apple Address Book and it will be saved for you on your iCloud and then all your Apple devices. I use this a bunch.
  • Get rid of the paper address book. Honestly, you probably aren’t doing that good at keeping up on your paper book anyway. I keep ALL my addresses in my Apple Address Book. Furthermore, it keeps anniversary dates and birthdays and puts them on my calendar. If I cared more, I would send out cards. But there should be NO address book clutter laying around your house. Or post-it notes!
  • EBooks – You can read Apple iBooks, Kindle books, and Nook books on your iPhone. You can also read PDFs. You can use iBook app to manage your PDFs, which means when you put it in iBook it appears everywhere on your Apples due to iCloud. Very cool. I’m not recommending LOTS of reading on your smartphone, but if you are bored it comes in handy.
  • Music – All your music can be on your iPhone. If you have lots of music stored on your Mac, you might need an iPhone with lots of memory. I’ve found that more memory is always better. No exceptions.
  • Presentations for Work and Play – Any presentation you put on your iPhone, say it is stored in your Keynote iCloud or in your email, can simply be displayed via the iPhone. I’ve presented successfully at work. Now you can eliminate your large computer completely. Personally I won’t do that, but you could. If you are in sales this could be invaluable.
  • Banking – Eliminate all papers from your bank because banking apps have your records online. Never write checks again – so you can eliminate checks. Never go to the bank again because you can eliminate having to deposit checks. I’ve done all this. Most national banks have good banking apps with picture deposit. I would also recommend having Paypal installed on your iPhone as well. It is related to banking.
  • Eliminate Any Credit Card Machines – this is only if you are selling things at shows. If you don’t have the Paypal triangle or the “square” you are really in the stone ages. If you don’t accept credit cards, then I would have to question your business acumen. I’ve heard that accepting credit cards increases revenue by 63%. Yes you part with 1-4% but come on, can’t you build that in? What are you scared of?
  • Pedometer – Your smart phone can replace your pedometer. Then it is a superior pedometer because it can keep track over time.
  • Emergency Scanner – When you want to grab a “scan” of a piece of paper, use your phone. I like scans better for a number of reasons, but sometimes you need to grab a copy of something because you might not get it another way.
  • Camera – 95% of the pictures with modern smartphones are good enough. Unless you make money from pictures, be honest, get real and get rid of the digital camera. Make sure you get them off your phone, onto your computer, and backed up. I had a friend who dropped his phone and a truck ran over it seconds later and he lost 2-3 years of pictures. Please don’t let me say I told you so.
  • Camcorder – 60% of the videos you need are just find with a modern smartphone. Get rid of the camcorder too! It seems harsh, but lets get down to the essentials.
  • Voice notes. Yep. No need for a voice recorder. Lots of ways to do this. Just look for a good app. Apple has an OK app for this. Not great, just OK.
  • GPS – Yep. Get rid of the GPS device. Apple app is fairly good. Google’s app for mapping and navigation is amazing. You can also purchase offline apps from the appstore as well if you need navigation when out of cell phone range. This does become an issue so to be fair to GPS, the smartphone is not quite as good, but I think it is good enough. Just know the difference.
  • Get rid of all those stupid plastic cards. I use an app called “Key Ring” and have eliminated my Lowes, CVS, Walgreens, Randalls, Health Club, and about 20 other cards. You take a picture of the front and back. It is pretty amazing and I highly recommend it.

I could go on. Depending upon your profession, you can find many apps that can reduce your need for extra clutter. No it can’t be a hammer if you are in construction, but it can carry a version of plans, allow you to geo locate from virtual to real world, make measurements, and do other things that are amazing.

So make sure you use your smartphone as a tool to simplify your life. And like all tools, the more you use it the more valuable it becomes.

[ P.s. Make sure you back your phone up every few days, even with iCloud. Someday you’ll thank me. ]

 

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Who wants used kitchen gadgets http://rv52.com/wants-used-kitchen-gadgets/ http://rv52.com/wants-used-kitchen-gadgets/#respond Sun, 09 Nov 2014 16:42:17 +0000 http://rv52.com/?p=39539 Could have been called: Getting over your stuff so you can downsize and go RVing (excerpt from my book: The Spartan RV) I love kitchen gadgets. My wife loves kitchen gadgets even more. Food, and the kitchen, tie into our deepest reptilian brain in ways we don’t even know. Our feelings on friendship, comfort, safety, […]

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Could have been called: Getting over your stuff so you can downsize and go RVing

(excerpt from my book: The Spartan RV)

I love kitchen gadgets. My wife loves kitchen gadgets even more.

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Food, and the kitchen, tie into our deepest reptilian brain in ways we don’t even know. Our feelings on friendship, comfort, safety, and family route through the idea of food. More than being necessary – food is a fundamental identifier of who we are.

Kitchen gadgets, implements, or appliances identify who we are.

Wine paraphernalia lets us say to the world, via visitors to our kitchen, that we are cultured, sophisticated, and very social.

Industrial looking refrigerators with the stainless steel doors, industrial looking cookstoves with bold burners, and a seriously big and varied pots and pans say that we are SERIOUS foodies. We prepare our food at home. We entertain lots of people. We are hardly bologna and Miracle Whip people.

But how much do we REALLY use.

Assuming we have all the stuff I described above, we probably only use maybe 2-5 different pans, tins, skillets, and more… EVER.

It is pretty likely too that bologna exists in our refrigerator. Or sliced ham. And most certainly a mayo or salad dressing-like product so we can slap together a sandwich.

For 95% of you the truth hurts. You blew all that money on things you don’t use but will look pretty good.

The good news: Some of the HIGHER end things like a copper pots or specialty skillets will convert to cash quite readily and you won’t be out much money at all.

The bad news: Toasters, coffee pots, toaster ovens, anything with the name Ronco… probably won’t convert well.

If you are going to downsize – these things gotta go.

In an RV, you are going to have a built-in refrigerator, a built-in small stove, likely three burners, a smaller built-in oven, and limited storage space. Pick the things you use AT LEAST once per week to keep from your BIG house kitchen. Everything else is wasted space and money.

That candy making pan you only use every third year to make peanut brittle – you can leave it behind.

When making fancy reductions or fooling with sautés, you might simply need to use a more mundane pan instead of a specialty pan.

In an RV, I don’t think this is about going without, it is making sure that the things you bring serve you well. It is better to wear one or two things out because they served triple duty than to have three things taking up space.

You simply must be relentless.

Heck, I’d even make the argument that a REAL gourmet chef can get it done when the equipment list is more limited.

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Being Spartan is not about being poor http://rv52.com/spartan-poor/ http://rv52.com/spartan-poor/#respond Tue, 04 Nov 2014 16:57:56 +0000 http://rv52.com/?p=39545 (this is an excerpt from my book: The Spartan RV) Before going into some of the really amazing things that being Spartan-like can do for you, I just feel compelled to deal head-on with the idea that I’m espousing a philosophy of “poor”, of lack, or doing without. No. It isn’t that at all. Being […]

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Before going into some of the really amazing things that being Spartan-like can do for you, I just feel compelled to deal head-on with the idea that I’m espousing a philosophy of “poor”, of lack, or doing without.

No. It isn’t that at all.

Being Spartan-like is about having things in your life that you use, that have function, and bring you lots of joy, either from its use OR from some deep meaning associated with the thing. Having an potentially extremely expensive, high quality kitchen knife that is razor sharp that you use every day to prepare meals would be an example of a very good purchase consistent with Spartan-like RV living. Even if the knife was ridiculously expensive, if you get massive utility out of it, then it is a GREAT thing to have.

Having possessions that only consume(d) your money, time, and mental energy is to be avoided, particularly when those objects have no real daily value to you. Or worse, you bought them to show off! Egads, aren’t you better than that?

Owning an RV that is spending its days in storage would be very UN-Spartan-like. No utility, tied-up money, depreciating asset. Not Spartan-like at all.

Spartan-like is about having what you need. It is about having little emotional attachments to things that are simply “things” that you use.

But it is not about going without.

If going to Starbucks every day brings you huge joy, then by all means do it. If having a Steinway when an electric studio piano would do is important to you (and you play often), then by all means do it. But don’t just have “things” for the sake of having them.

If you have things, use them doggone-it.

In fact, having things and not using them is a TERRIBLE steward of the earths resources. Consumption for consumptions sake is ugly.

Stop it.

You can be Spartan-like if you have lots of money.

You can be Spartan-like if you have very little money.

It is about attitude, not altitude.

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Staying in Touch when RV ing and not letting email get you down http://rv52.com/staying-touch-rv-ing-letting-email-get/ http://rv52.com/staying-touch-rv-ing-letting-email-get/#respond Sun, 02 Nov 2014 15:23:58 +0000 http://rv52.com/?p=39559 (an excerpt from my book: The Spartan RV) Now that you have email, how do you manage it? If you are even the least bit interesting, you’ll get LOTS of emails. But email can run you over like a truck. You need to have email serve you, not the other way around. I see lots […]

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(an excerpt from my book: The Spartan RV)

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Now that you have email, how do you manage it? If you are even the least bit interesting, you’ll get LOTS of emails.

But email can run you over like a truck.

You need to have email serve you, not the other way around.

I see lots of people make folders and try to move things into the folder. But the emails might have a different ontology (cool word –  look it up) based on the context of what you need to know at the time. For example one email might be related to your bank (put in bank folder) and your taxes (put in tax folder). But you can’t be in two folders at one time. So that is a problem.

Some people simply keep everything in their inbox. That might be OK, but I can tweak this a bit to get a system that is SIMPLE, CONCISE, and very hard to argue with.

First all non-spam (mostly) email comes into your inbox. Some is automatically filtered and put into a “junk” or “spam” or “bulk” box. Usually you never have to look in here, but I check about every 2-4 days and just scan to see if something pops out at me as being from a friend or vendor that I’ve used.

Aside – Spam hurts my feelings. According to the spam senders, I’m “small” if you know what I mean. I’m bald. I’m fat. I’m old. I’m ignorant for many reasons – at least one is because I need an online degree. I wonder if the spam people know they are meanies with all those insults.

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You should have the following folders and I’ll coach you to use them:

Archive – The bulk of the email that you have managed, but for which you might someday have to look up for some reason, any reason.

Trash – Email that can disappear forever with no real ramification. This can even be from vendors (like your phone bill and more) because you will have online methods to get the records you need. I don’t put vendor stuff in here, but I’m pointing out that if you have an online source for your data, you don’t need to keep it.

Here is the procedure:

  1. Email is in the inbox.
  2. Read the subject line and the from.
    • If spam – something irrelevant you never asked for and you hopefully never want to see again – Mark as SPAM. Your email should automatically move it to the spam folder. If you asked for the emails because you signed up for them as an email subscription, this isn’t spam and you can deal with this another way (read on)
    • If NOT spam, but not anything you’ll read that the subject line was enough for you, click on “Delete” or “Trash” and it should be automatically moved to the trash folder and will be swept away someday forever.
  3. If NOT spam, because you asked for it but don’t want to receive it anymore, then do the following.
    • Open the email and find the unsubscribe link/button and click.
    • Then hit the delete button.
  4. The only thing that should be left now is email you care about. When you are done with this email and you never really have to revisit it, then click on the “Archive” button. Now you’ll have it forever – or a long time.
  5. For emails that are left, they form a sort of “to do list”. Just keep them in your inbox until you are fully done with them.
  6. Endeavor to have no emails in your inbox.
  7. Every few days I take the extra step on my Mac to copy the emails in “Archive” (which is online) to an offline folder on my Mac hard-drive so that I have them forever and if they get lost it is my fault not some vendor I can’t be angry at and couldn’t have recourse with anyway.

If you ever need to find an email, just get smart about searching your Archive folder and it will be there.

 

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RV ing the Spartan (lite) way – Thoughts about equipping your kitchen http://rv52.com/rv-ing-spartan-lite-way-thoughts-equipping-kitchen/ http://rv52.com/rv-ing-spartan-lite-way-thoughts-equipping-kitchen/#respond Tue, 28 Oct 2014 15:22:24 +0000 http://rv52.com/?p=39577 (this is an excerpt from my book: The Spartan RV) The kitchen in an RV is an area that can get out of hand very quickly. You will need to balance the convenience of having things available and “on hand” with the idea of having just enough. If you stockpile food or kitchen gadgets, you […]

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(this is an excerpt from my book: The Spartan RV)

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The kitchen in an RV is an area that can get out of hand very quickly. You will need to balance the convenience of having things available and “on hand” with the idea of having just enough.

If you stockpile food or kitchen gadgets, you RV will get overran and overweight very quickly.

Food:

Don’t stockpile canned goods. Canned good are very heavy. Making things worse than just being heavy, canned goods are very expensive. Stockpiling heavy cheap items is a surefire way to make your RV overweight and dangerous.

A great way to view food, when possible, is to try to buy locally and FRESH, as much as possible. Shop more at open markets and less at stores like Costco or Walmart. Those larger big-box stores are great, but they can cause you to over-buy.

Plus if you care about your health, buying local fresh food is better for your health. Buying local fresh food puts money in local economies and encourages local economies to be RV friendly.

When you buy local, you also can avoid some of the foods that are produced on industrial scale with the accompanying industrial problems.

When you cannot avoid buying at a larger big-box food supplier, refrain from buying bulk due to the added weight. Try to get a supply of food that will be mostly exhausted by the time you are ready to move your rig.

Gadgets:

Avoid gadgets unless you use the gadget AT LEAST a couple times a week. Gadgets consume space and have weight, both of which you have a limited supply.

I use a Keurig coffee maker EVERY day so this is a gadget which passes the weekly usage test. Stay focused on usage, not on impressing people. Purchase gadgets that help you use space more efficiently – perhaps reducing waste needs, storage needs, or accessory needs.

A GREAT example of a space saving gadget would be an aluminum can crusher – for those who drink lots of sodas. This gadget reduces the VOLUME of your waste. That seems like a pretty neat thing. Otherwise you’ll be overran with BIG TRASH in your RV. Worse, aluminum cans are recyclable which means keeping them around in an uncrushed state will be a big mess.

If you juice everyday a blender might be critical. If you only do margarita’s on Cinco de Mayo, then the blender might be useless weight.

My wife would not go without a toaster oven. I was able to keep a toaster out of the RV since the toaster oven could serve double duty as an oven and a toaster. We were hooked to electrical shore power so we were able to reduce trips to fill propane by using the toaster oven instead of the regular RV propane range oven.

All gadgets must be looked at closely.

If you find yourself saying “because we MIGHT need it”, then you probably don’t.

Entertaining:

Somehow, everyone always stocks the kitchen thinking about the big family dinner or a having a bunch of people over for dinner.

Sadly, this is the exception not the norm.

If you are going to entertain, focus on the people not the utensils and dishes. If you’re trying to impress people with your kitchenware, then maybe there is something inside you worth examining.

People don’t care about your plates. They care about you! If you’ll take the time to focus on your guests rather than your stuff, your life will be more rich and more full.

If you really want to impress people in your kitchen, you COULD focus on the recipe. Sharing a delicious meal that you prepared for your guests shares your skills with them and creates a shared experience together which builds relationships. This is how to impress.

Serve your masterpiece on simple plates – maybe even paper plates.

How should you think about your kitchen utensils, serving plates, and more?

Most of the time, you’ll be serving no more than 3-4 people at any one time. More place settings than this will encourage dirty dish accumulation and will mostly be unused weight in your camper.

I would recommend light weight, microwavable place settings. Find the lightest weight silverware that you possibly can. Limit serving utensils to a ladle and a couple big spoons and forks.

Avoid having dishes used for serving only. Serve the food directly from the cooking pots. This reduces dirty dishes and the amount of dishes in your RV overall. It is perhaps a bit simple, but it is practical – which is a fundamental theme of being Spartan.

Have just 2 or 3 microwave dishes that can be used to cook AND serve the food. If you get more than three microwave dishes, you’ll be serving food that has cooled off. If possible, if these microwave dishes can serve double duty by being used in the oven then you’ll even be more efficient.

If you are a baker who will actually bake quite a bit, then by all mean have a few extra baking utensils on hand. But avoid the complete specialty dishes that you would use only rarely.

I would think long and hard about having too many pots and pans. Limit yourself to a 3 to 4 pots and pans. Most RVs only have 3 burners which means you can use only three at a time. Perhaps a single skillet, sauce pan, large 1 quart and MAYBE a large pot should be enough. You know yourself best, but stay focused on the idea of using things at least 2x per week as your cutoff to being in your RV or in the trash.

You probably ought to have a drinking water filter. It is not practical to filter the whole RV [I’ll get hate mail and arguments with this so OK – bring it on]. You can and it is pretty easy, but it is even easier to get a Pur water pitcher and filter your water.

But keep your kitchen like you should keep your eatin’ – LITE!

 

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What is your email address?

An awfully large bunch of people have email addresses that were given to them by their internet provider.

You can tell by looking. The email addresses might look like this:

If you are using an email like this, you are making your email life harder and more expensive.

Since you are planning on being an RVer, you are planning on being mobile. Since you are reading this article you are planning on how to downsize your physical footprint. You can’t downsize you physical footprint without seriously considering how to downsize your financial footprint.

If you are paying money to a LOCAL internet provider like Comcast they will give you a Comcast email (Sparta@comcast.com or something similar). Wow, what nice guys those Comcast guys are.

But then you decide to spend 12 months on the other side of the country and you don’t need Comcast anymore. The PROBLEM is that you have to keep  paying for their internet service to get their email. This might not be 100% true, but for many it is true. If you have to keep paying for their service, even though you aren’t using their internet, then that seems a bit silly to me.

The SECOND reason, which is related to the first is that if you decide you don’t want to pay for their service and cancel their service, then you need to change your email address. For heaven’s sake, if you do this, then DO NOT use the email address assigned to you by the NEW internet service – I’ll tell you the RIGHT thing to do at the end of this article.

The THIRD reason, is that the local internet service people are rookies. Really, your email is at risk because internet service providers don’t have that great of managed email services. You are going to get crappy interfaces, substandard tools and honestly, the world has much better things to offer.

The FOURTH reason is that by using the local internet service email address, you are divulging to the world more about you than you need to divulge. For example, if your email address ends in “rr.com”, then hackers know you have Time Warner internet service. Usually the email address has a prefix like “Austin.rr.com” so they can get your approximate location from your email address. They can also assume what equipment you have in your house, which is a HUGE help when trying to find vulnerabilities. They also know that you have an account with Time Warner with a credit card so they can zero in on the card. This is enough info for someone skilled to perhaps make a single phone call or two, figure out your credit card info, with you zip code, and wreak havoc on your life.

An aside related to the FOURTH reason is around security. Before creating Fort Knox, you are even better to make it so people don’t even know Fort Knox exists. That was an obscure way of saying “The best security is complete secrecy.” For example, if they don’t know your location, even if approximate, they will have a lot more trouble deducing things about you that can be used against you. I’m not trying to make you paranoid, but an email address, particularly when personal, should maybe not have any locality information in it.

I hope you can see that an email from you internet service provider isn’t the best thing.

HOW DO YOU GET A DECENT EMAIL ADDRESS AND WHAT SHOULD IT BE?

Getting a great permanent email address isn’t that hard to do. There are a few GREAT places to some that I would highly recommend.

  • Gmail.com- You can get email from Google called gmail. Your address would be [your_unique.name]@gmail.com. No one ever got fired for Google and you can do almost everything you would want to do with gmail. Great web based front end. Great search capabilities.
  • Yahoo.com – One of the original big daddies of email. Pretty much the same as Gmail, maybe even more reliable. Your address would be [your_unique.name]@yahoo.com. I personally use Yahoo and pay for an extra level of access that allows my Mac to work with Yahoo even better. Great web based front end. Great search.
  • Outlook.com – From Microsoft. I think Microsoft is solid, but I struggle with the idea of using them because everything always tries to hook back to other Microsoft things and I don’t have the time to always be working on the computer doing silly stuff. There are quite a few Microsoft fan boys though who have more time and for them, this is probably a fantastic choice. [Hee hee – I’ll get hate mail for this one!]
  • Icloud.com – From Apple. Honestly I don’t use it. As much as I love my Mac, I struggle to trust Apple on this one. They do great work on lots of things, but I’m just not so sure on email. I tried to sign my son up to icloud.com one day and to use icloud.com it told him he had to have an Apple device. No matter – it seemed fishy. From the outside it looks solid, but between gmail and yahoo, I just really feel the rest of the pack is “the rest of the pack”.
  • I would avoid facebook. I would also avoid small companies no one has heard of – too many things can go wrong and you’d be back to square one.

Now that you know some places to look, what should your address be?

I do think names with lots of numbers in them are not very good. They “scream” temporary. If you want to have a number or two that means something to you, then that is ok, but don’t make it too long. My wife keeps using “35” in her emails – wishful thinking I’m sure – but it works for us and her so who am I to judge. Go ahead and use a dot (.) to get more choice – or an under bar (_). Put your alma mater in the name. Make it truly yours.

 

 

 

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RV ing the Spartan way – What exactly can you leave behind easily? http://rv52.com/rv-ing-spartan-way-exactly-can-leave-behind-easily/ http://rv52.com/rv-ing-spartan-way-exactly-can-leave-behind-easily/#respond Tue, 21 Oct 2014 14:19:46 +0000 http://rv52.com/?p=39575 (this is an excerpt from my book: The Spartan RV) It seems a little bit silly, but if you are very new to RVs, here is a list of things you won’t need. You won’t need these because there is either no room in the RV for it, or the RV has it built in. This […]

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It seems a little bit silly, but if you are very new to RVs, here is a list of things you won’t need. You won’t need these because there is either no room in the RV for it, or the RV has it built in. This list is partly the list of what things to get rid of…

* Couch – these are built-in to the RV.

* Comfy TV Chairs – these are built-in, come with, or there is no space and you’ll use the built-in couch. Sometimes, you can discard the RV chair and bring in your own – but beware the weight difference. Extra weight is dangerous and illegal.

* Dining Room Chairs – Almost always built-in. Usually as a bench.

* Dining Table – Built-in

* Master Bedroom Bed – Built-in

* Master Bedroom Dresser  – Built-in

* Big screen TV – Built-in, but you could replace. RV TVs are usually really cheap.

* Stereo System – Built-in and pre-wired. It would be hard to change the speakers, but you could change out the electronics. I’ve looked and decent super small surround sound systems are hard to find.

* Storage cabinets – Built-in. No room either.

* Range, refrigerator, microwave – Built-in usually.

* Kids Beds – If a bunkhouse, these are built-in. Usually, there is spare sleeping quarters in an RV and they are equipped with mattresses or inflatable beds.

* Desk – Sometimes built-in. Usually no room. Recommend using the kitchen table which is usually by a nice window. Very pleasant.

* Ottoman – There is no room. Leave it behind.

* Coffee Table – You really hate your shins don’t you?! Leave it behind. No space.

 

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RV ing the light and Spartan way – Cutting the ties to Cable TV http://rv52.com/rv-ing-light-spartan-way-cutting-ties-cable-tv/ http://rv52.com/rv-ing-light-spartan-way-cutting-ties-cable-tv/#respond Sun, 19 Oct 2014 14:13:42 +0000 http://rv52.com/?p=39571 (this is an excerpt from my book: The Spartan RV) One of the most foolish monthly expenses that I can see most of America doing is purchasing cable TV. Cable TV costs many, many people well over $100/month. And they pay it month after month after month. I don’t. I’m not deprived either. Even though I […]

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One of the most foolish monthly expenses that I can see most of America doing is purchasing cable TV.

Cable TV costs many, many people well over $100/month. And they pay it month after month after month.

I don’t.

I’m not deprived either.

Even though I haven’t purchased cable TV for years, I still get excited when I get to stay in a hotel room. Why? Cable TV will be there. Yay me.

Then I turn on the cable TV and I start the never ending click-click-click trying to find a decent TV show.

Ooooh. They have HBO! Oh darned. Crappy movie. Neat. Good movie. Oops. Already started. Oh well.

Off to the History Channel. All WWII all the time. Nope. Duck Dynasty or some nonsense like that on the History Channel. That isn’t even history.

I have sat and literally WASTED 2 hours clicking endlessly to try to find something to watch.

There has to be a better way.

There is – it is call the internet. You can watch pretty much anything you want, any time you want, when you want, on the device you want. Why in the world would you EVER pay for bad TV? It doesn’t make sense.

If you were willing to pay, something like $20/month, you could watch more movies, TV shows, and even a couple on-demand shows anytime you want. I’m not counting the internet costs, because not having the internet is really not something I’ll discuss in one of my books. I LOVE being connected. I’m only counting costs of TV.

I personally use Amazon Prime for most of our shows. This costs about $100 per year. But you get other things with prime, so I could argue (tenuously) that the Prime video comes free.

If you COUNT the Prime membership, then I’ve only spent about $10/month on a service in which you can get piles and piles of TV shows and movies.

If you want new releases, you can rent them from dozens and dozens of services. Even ABC.com and the other big networks provide the ability to watch their content for free off of their sites. Of course you get advertising but it is reduced.

If you’ll commit to getting internet based TV instead of cable, you’ll save a pile of money AND watch TV 100% at your convenience and leisure. It is a huge improvement. The next chapter is a pseudo-reprint of an article I wrote and published on RV52.com and on youtube which goes through how I connect everything.

Confession: There is one thing I cannot do that I badly want to do. As of this writing the Big 10 Network (btn.com) does not allow me to purchase BTN.com 2Go directly from the web. I would have to buy cable TV to get it. That shows you how UNFAIR the contracts are with the cable companies. It actually PICKS the pocket of the Big 10 Network. Why? Because I would gladly pay $20 to watch my dearly beloved Cornhuskers live off of the web. But BTN.com would NEVER see even 1/100th of that $20 per-person from the cable companies. I think they would make much, much more money without the cable tv deals. Can’t prove it though. But I’m still not buying cable TV.

 

 

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RV ing lite the Spartan way – Re-supplying your fantasy ship (RV) while at sea! http://rv52.com/rv-ing-lite-spartan-way-re-supplying-fantasy-ship-rv-sea/ http://rv52.com/rv-ing-lite-spartan-way-re-supplying-fantasy-ship-rv-sea/#respond Tue, 14 Oct 2014 14:16:35 +0000 http://rv52.com/?p=39573 (this is an excerpt from my book: The Spartan RV) Even though Spartanism is important (to me at least), you’ll still want things sent to you. Spartanism does not mean you must go without. There is a whole class of things you do and products you buy and consume which will happen which are 100% compatible […]

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Even though Spartanism is important (to me at least), you’ll still want things sent to you.

Spartanism does not mean you must go without.

There is a whole class of things you do and products you buy and consume which will happen which are 100% compatible with Spartanism.

I’m a huge user of technology. A laptop, smartphone, camera, camcorder, wireless router, printer, and several other things are almost a necessity, depending upon who you are.

If you are on the road for any appreciable time period, you’ll need to upgrade your tech and buy something or sell something using eBay or Amazon. There are zillions of online retailers so what is written here will apply to those unnamed retailers as well.

Every one of these retailers has the idea of a BILLING address and a SHIPPING address. These addresses do not have to be the same. More importantly, the smart retailers make it so that you can have an often changing SHIPPING address.

One great way that the retailers make it easy for you to change your shipping address is by having the idea of an online address book. I personally use the heck out of the address book on Amazon. I’m always shipping things to different places – for example – gifts for people – things for my mom – and then things for myself.

There is no reason that you simply can’t have things shipped to whatever address you are at. You have to double check the shipping address everytime or you’ll send things to the wrong spot. The other thing you have to do is to really think about when you decide to move out and make sure that you either send things AHEAD to where you’ll be OR wait and order. But these are small prices to pay.

Even your consumables, like coffee, tea, toothpaste, and toothbrushes can be purchased online very conveniently.

Amazon is a very amazing service. You could subscribe to a service called Amazon Prime (learn about Amazon Prime here) which would allow you to eliminate shipping fees on many many products at Amazon. If you can eliminate shipping fees, it makes purchasing things online very easy and convenient. You simply won’t have to feel like you are isolated or out of touch.

I have a Keurig (learn more about Keurig here) which allows me to make really good single serving coffee without a mess. The Keurig is a GREAT example of a “thing” that I use copiously which brings great joy. For some, this might be wasteful and extravagant. But for me I love it, use it often, and enjoy the fact that my wife can get something different from me and we can have coffee together. Its fast, there is no clean-up, no waste, and very few accessories. I cannot stress enough that Spartanism is about having things that give you utility, not living without.

We can supply our Keurig from Amazon or Keurig.com. We can also supply it from local stores, most of the time. The Keurig is mentioned here because no matter how remote you are, you can buy supplies no matter where you are.

After reading this, you should now be realizing that being mobile does not have to feel like you are discombobulated, disconnected, isolated, and remote. You can get the things you need using your computer (or telephone) no matter where you are. You can go mobile, without fear.

Before you even buy your RV, you should consider buying a few things and get used to online services (if you aren’t) so that it is second nature when you are on the road.

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crowded shelf with dvds and vcr tapes

(this is an excerpt from my book: The Spartan RV

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Movies come in two main formats or at least you probably have two formats laying around. I’m going to ignore the Sony big disks that were about the size of a 12 inch LP.

I’m assuming that you might have VHS tapes laying around. I’m amazed at how many people still have VHS players and VHS tapes. Letting go is really just that hard isn’t it.

But then most of us still have these things called DVDs which come in a 6×9 plastic box called an amaray case. I’ll lump in the new fancy Blueray disks into this category too.

Between these two digital formats you can completely fill up a large bookcase. Worse yet, ask yourself, how many times have you gone back and actually watched those movies again? I’d venture a guess, probably very few times.

For VHS tapes there is no hope and no salvaging them. Just throw them away. No one wants them. Your player won’t really work. The tape quality stinks. You can’t sell them. They are just junk. Not even worth a garage sale quarter. Junk out the VHS player too. I’m sorry, but the time for these has came and gone. It is over.

For DVDs the prognosis is not much better. Hollywood has done such a very fine job of protecting the digital information on these that grabbing the movies and moving them to your hard drives is really not worth it. Even if you did get it done, movies take huge amounts of space. Then you’d want to back it up which would take up piles of backup time.

Unless you are a true, true videophile, or a real student of film and cinematography, I just can’t see keeping movies around. Buying movies is a really really bad investment.

So the RV52.com position on DVDs is to sell them or pass them on. Don’t keep them. If you want to have 3-5 laying around for the grandkids to watch over and over like kids will do, then great. But stop there.

For all movie watching, I would HIGHLY consider ONLY renting using RedBox, Netflix, or the online services. Yes there is an issue around internet bandwidth, but I think paying $2.99 to rent a movie you’ll only watch 1 or 3 times is still cheaper and a better deal than buying. There is no reward for ownership.

There is ONE “halfway” idea I will share.

Take all of the DVDs out of the amaray cases, throw away the amaray cases and put the DVDs into a very skinny DVD disk storage folder. You can condense a whole bookcase to something the size of a small Bible. That is a good compromise if you can’t get rid of DVDs.

Remember, movies are an experience. Its hard to “own” an experience. It’s just gray matter in your brain after all.

 

 

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RVing – Freedom from PLACE http://rv52.com/rving-freedom-place/ http://rv52.com/rving-freedom-place/#respond Tue, 07 Oct 2014 14:00:54 +0000 http://rv52.com/?p=39547 (this is an excerpt from my book: The Spartan RV) If you will implement a Spartan style RV lifestyle you will have increased freedom from geography. Geography is just another way of saying place. We get LOCKED into place several ways. The first way we get locked into a place is usually because of a […]

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freedom from place

(this is an excerpt from my book: The Spartan RV)

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If you will implement a Spartan style RV lifestyle you will have increased freedom from geography. Geography is just another way of saying place.

We get LOCKED into place several ways.

The first way we get locked into a place is usually because of a job. Many, many jobs still have a requirement that you are in a certain place at a certain time for a certain duration.

This book doesn’t go over how to make money without being tied to a location, but being Spartan-like can make a big big difference.

Here is how.

If you free yourself from lots and lots of stuff, particularly things that come with a payment attached either due to debt or due to a subscription, then you don’t have to make as much money.

If you don’t have to make as much money, then more and more jobs become an option to you because you can accept jobs that pay less. Or even better, you can accept part time jobs and earn less because you focus all your hours into just a few days a week.

Again, I want to emphasize this isn’t about living without, but instead clearly identifying what you are going to live WITH.

If, for example, you purchase cable TV ($100/month), Have miscellaneous payments to different memberships around your town ($200/month), and have a car payment that is $200/month more than a more reasonable car  ($200/month) then you have to earn enough money to pay for all this. In this small paragraph I’ve identified $600/month of expenses. Considering taxes, you would have to earn potentially $700/month or more to cover these bills.

Most people’s monthly financial footprint is even larger. It is just smart to identify the things you don’t use that much and CEASE to be a servant to them.

Lower your unnecessary costs from serving “things” and then you have more jobs to select from. More jobs to select from means you have more locations that will have jobs you can do. More locations means that you have much more geographic choice.

Another way we locked into place is with our stuff is just having a whole life tied to an area.

Some things that are hard to replace, for which you might HAVE to find alternatives no matter where you go, are medical people like doctors and dentists. I know my wife particularly detests having to find a new gynecologist. If you need medical attention where-ever you might be, you’ll have to get new people. But the point here is that the people you work with in your non-work life are how your current life slowly binds you to an area.

There are other things that are less traumatic that over a lifetime slowly start to hold you back. Maybe you have a hobby and you have a very good hobby supply store nearby. That is an example.

Or you just bought a BMW car and you are tied into their local service.

The new business model in America is to sell you something that has a monthly “tie-in” that you find valuable. Those monthly tie-ins get harder and harder to break. The more stuff you buy, the more monthly tie-in you get.

I know one thing for sure. If you reduce your lifestyle to the most essential things you will reduce this local tie-in. Furthermore if you work hard to scrutinize those tie-ins on the things you decide you are going to do anyway, that will help keep them to a minimum.

Finally, where possible make sure that whoever you do business with would be willing to do so via mail, email, and phone.

Now that you have worked so hard to be free from any particular place, why not drive another 100 miles and stay for 3 weeks at that hunting lodge resort in Utah. Does anyone really care where you are?

I didn’t think so.

Sounds like you have a good grasp on being location independent.

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Life has a certain bric-a-brac that simply comes with it.

That bric-a-brac embodies itself with a crapload of paperwork “stuff”.

It starts at birth – birth certificates, social security registration, health insurance, life insurance, wills, living will, living trusts, car insurance, car inspections. Sometimes it seems the list goes on forever.

Each new law seems to make a new mountain of paperwork for businesses and individuals – the bureaucrats seem to not care. It isn’t a new idea, even Mary and Joseph had to return to Bethlehem so the Romans could count them – mostly related to better/more taxation for the Romans, but still the paperwork and mindless task for the bureaucratic machine are not new. We still don’t have to like it.

So the question becomes – how do I keep from having to dedicate an entire file cabinet and room to this stuff? This paperwork is funny – when you don’t need it, it isn’t very important, but when you need it, you really need it bad.

I have a strategy for managing paperwork that has worked “pretty well”. On a scale from 1 to 10, 10 being best, I think my strategy has worked at about a level 7. I’m happy with that and know I can refine it better.

The first part of my strategy involves saying “no” to lots and lots of things. One tendency for people is to consider everything that comes in the door. For example a new credit card offer comes in and many people think “I should evaluate this to see if it makes sense.” The truth is you can’t evaluate all of them. It is impossible. There are more of them than you. So any of those offers I see is an automatic “no”. It hits the trash immediately. That goes for lots of other things as well. The flip side of this concept is that if you have a real problem, you will actively work to solve it at that time.

The second part of my strategy is related to the first subtlety. Make sure you sign up to the gov web site to reduce junk mail. The FTC has a pretty good article on their site with several of these sites ( http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0262-stopping-unsolicited-mail-phone-calls-and-email ). I’ve registered and it really does work.

Continuing my screening process, we get almost all of our mail at a place called PakMail. We’ve done it for several years. One of the benefits is that the owners of the PakMail store (with our blessing) throw away the obvious unsolicited mail. So some, like local grocery flyers, we simply do not see. We’ve asked them to do that. I estimate that cuts down our junk by about 15-20%. One side benefit is that by having your mail at a place you have to go out of your way to visit, you put mail in the correct spot on your priority list – that is to say – way down the list. You’ll get to it when you can.

When possible, I work with my vendors (bill collectors) to change everything over to electronic bills whenever I can. Where records can be kept online and fetched “upon request” I convert over to that style of record keeping. Do I really need 14 years of bank statements from a checking account that never has more than $500 in it at a time? Lets be honest. The IRS really doesn’t care about that. If you really need it, the bank can get it for you. Otherwise, the record keeping is a mindless activity. Same with credit cards statements.

All that is left are things that you want to retain records for which there is no alternative. Receipts from items where the replacement value is high enough to warrant keeping receipts is good. Things where you might have to produce proof – perhaps for a court case or for taxes – you might want to keep that. Everything you used to file your taxes. Records which would be a real effort to get any other way (like dental receipts from a dentist years ago)… these things you should keep around handy.

All these item still add up to quite a bit of paper. So now that I’ve narrowed down what you have to “digitize” I can go over my procedure to digitize things.

1) You gotta have a scanner. I have an Epson Workforce All-In-One. Inside the scanner I can add a really big SD Card. Whenever I scan something, the Epson automatically puts the files it scans either in PDF or JPG format onto the SD card. I’ve tried having active connections between a computer and the scanner but that takes a really long time and I have to setup the computer. With the Epson all I have to do is have the scanner running which is really fast and reliable. It also has an automatic sheet feeder which is awesome when you have a stack of documents.

2) Whenever a document comes in you need to digitize just walk to the scanner, insert the doc, and press the button.

3) After it scans, put the document into a “shred box” which you’ll empty every 6 months. If something went wrong, you’ll have the paper copy around for that period of time.

4) Every 1 or 2 months, I copy all the files from the SD Card to my Mac into a directory where I have all the files which have these useless generic names like Epson56.jpg. Every time I copy files, I’ll copy them into a new directory called 2014_Spring or something similar.

5) I delete the files off of the Epson. For this brief moment in time I have a single copy situation. Even as I write this, I realize that I should simply buy a second SD Card and I would never have a single copy situation where a single failure can wipe out my records. That is one advantage to writing a book!

6) Within 12 hours I get a good offsite network backup of the computer where I copied the files. I use JustCloud and so far have been happy with them.

7) Every 3-6 months I’ll go into the generic file name directory which I call “unnamed”, at the very top of the directory tree. The whole directory tree might be called “Documents->Scans->unnamed->Jan_2014-><filenames>”. When I’m in that directory, I look at the files in Apple’s OSX Finder mode called “Cover Flow”. This allows me to see the files first page AND the name at the same time. I also can rename with a single click. I rename the file with a very long and descriptive file name which will help me locate the file later. For example I might name a doctors bill for me something like “2014 medical doctor bill headaches january.jpg”. If I get enough words in the file name usually I can find the document pretty easily.

9) After I change the file name, I drop it into a directory called “named”. The whole tree would be “Documents->Scans-named-><filenames>”. The Apple Spotlight search is so good that in a few seconds I can find that file whenever I need it.

10) Within 12 hours I get a good offsite network backup of the files with their new names.

11) Empty the “shred box” into a secure shred place. You can find them at a mail store if you look around. But this way your stuff is disposed of without exposing your data to prying eyes. Yes I know about digital offsite backups potential security risks, but you gotta pick your battles. I don’t want local people getting my data as they have more “side information”.  Side information combined with secret data could undo me more easily. So I focus on local shred and trust my digital backup to be pretty tight too.

There are quite a few improvements I have been thinking about trying. I’ve heard the Snapscan is the best scanner on the market. It does 2 sided scan in a single pass and automatic OCR which means it will always get a better search results when looking for your data. I want to think positively, but I’ve found that usually the extra OCR steps usually cause more inconvenience than benefit.

I’ve only had two real situations where my system doesn’t work that well.

The first one happens about 2x per year. It is when I’m trying to find  file I scanned but I have yet to make a meaningful name. I panic every time because they are hard to find with those generic names.

The second situation is when government agencies want originals. This happened when I needed to get a license plate and they wanted to have the original odometer statement. My copy wasn’t good enough. So two days later when I reappeared with an original statement I watched this “so called worker” walk to the copier, make a copy and hand the original back to me. I choked down my words. The honest truth is that this “so called worker” couldn’t have determined a fake from the real thing if her life depended on it. I think of the saying “mindless consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.” I’m getting mad just writing about it.

There you have it. The RV52.com simple method for digitizing your bric-a-brac of life.

 

 

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(this is an excerpt from my book: The Spartan RV)

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Being Spartan-like – and reducing your stuff, increases your ability to have freedom from time.

Freedom from time can mean several things.

Freedom from time might mean that you do not have specific time slots in which you have little to no choice whether or not you attend.

For this type of time freedom, this is very much akin to the idea that by reducing costs related to things, that you can reduce your need for money and in turn create immense flexibility in how your get your income. With income flexibility comes tremendous freedom. One of those freedoms might be the freedom to define when, where, and how long you spend dedicated time to earn that income. You can read more about my ideas around this idea in freedom from place.

More interestingly, freedom from time might mean that you do not have to commit time, albeit unscheduled, to servicing a thing. One example might be mowing a lawn. Another, providing upkeep to a swimming pool.

Lets dive into the idea of how “things” or “stuff” create time demands.

I haven’t worn a watch in 30 years. I quit the first time because I got tired of my personal neurosis of constantly looking at my watch. I keep time in my head. It will have to be good enough.

Recently there has been a trend for a new kind of watch that works with your smartphone so you don’t have to take your phone out of your pocket to see the phone’s screen. This watch is called a smartwatch.

So I bought a smartwatch. It was very cool. Sleek. Black.

It came with a cable which allowed you to plug it in and charge it. And a box.

To use it you had to install an app on your smartphone. In terms of tech, it was pretty easy to use and get going.

I wore it a week and then sold it on eBay.

Why?

Because the utility it brought me was not enough to outweigh the added time fuss it created.

On the positive side I liked the cool watch faces, the ability to see my text messages, the ability to see email, and the ability to control my phone without taking it out of my pocket.

But on the negative side, I had to remember to mess with it in the morning, I didn’t like wearing a watch, just like I thought was still true. I looked at my watch face a bunch, I ended up looking at my phone anyway, I had to deal with the watch charging, and finally, the watch interfered with using my laptop because it rubbed on the keyboard the wrong way. I even spent quite a bit of time messing with the apps on the watch.

It just wasn’t worth it. Even now, I am amazed at all the EXTRA time that the watch consumed.

My smartphone  (Apple iPhone 5s, Gold 16GB (Unlocked)) consumes time – but the time it consumes is worth the extra utility it gives me in my life. It is invaluable to me. This examination of reward versus expenditure. Thoughtless spending and accumulation has a high price.

My wife bought a Roomba (iRobot Roomba 770 Vacuum Cleaning Robot for Pets and Allergies). Everyday she moves EVERYTHING that could keep Gussy-Lou (the name for the Roomba) from doing her job. That sounds positively awful to me to have to create all that work every day. But for her she doesn’t get dirty socks and she really, really wants her house to be sparkling. So even though the Roomba requires work (an example of a thing making work to keep it going), it REDUCES work because she couldn’t/wouldn’t clean the house every day, but Roomba does. She LOVES her clean, squeaky clean socks because there is no dirt on the floor ever. She LOVES it a lot.

The Roomba was another example of deciding to ACCEPT the extra work because the extra work was worth the benefit.

One example of something that costs a lot in time, money, mental anguish, and complexity is a car.

In Austin Texas, I’m starting to run into people who do not have cars. In America, that is shocking.

But there are great transportation choices in Austin. We have instant car rentals, instant bike rentals, busses, taxis and a little bit of light rail. You CAN get around town.

What did these people give up?

By not owning a car they gave up a $100/month insurance payment, car payments (for some), gasoline payments, parking payments, registration payments, licensing payments, oil changes, engine maintenance, car cleaning and probably bunches more not needed to get the point across.

What did they give up that was a good thing about owning a car?

The utter and sheer convenience of hopping in a car to do something or go somewhere willy nilly.

Given traffic and air pollution – maybe they gave up something and all of us gained something in return?

I love the Windows computer owners. This little vignette is about freedom from time, but it is also about having the RIGHT asset to get your freedom from time.

I have reboot my Mac maybe once every 4-6 months. I haven’t had a bad error in a couple years where it rebooted for me. It just works.

I have a Windows computer for my work. Sometimes search works on it well. With about 20% of the websites I browse using Internet Explorer it tells me I get a script failure and has a little error message in the lower banner bar. It mostly works, but the websites usually don’t work as well in IE as with other browsers. I deal with all sorts of adjustments I have to do to function on the Windows computer on a daily basis.

I estimate that task-by-task Mac versus Windows, unless I’m completely limiting my activities, I spend about twice the amount of time getting something done in the Windows computer versus the Mac.

Example: Windows has trouble searching email in Outlook. Takes forever. Mac Mail on the other hand has an almost instant search. To find an email in Outlook – 5-10 minutes. To find an email in Mac – 1-2 minutes tops. To find a file in Windows I’ll spend as much as 15 minutes. To find a file on the Mac, about 1 minute.

In this example, Windows computers require an inordinate amount of effort to do the job. You are burning time. If you selected a more efficient asset, you might find yourself with an extra hour or two every day.

Given you only have two things granted to you in life – irreplaceable time or replaceable money, you might want to protect your time very carefully.

I’m hoping that after reading this chapter you get the idea that eliminating assets big or small can buy you time. I’m also hoping that you can see having the right assets can buy you time. If you have an asset and you burn time on it, make sure that the time you spend actually matters to you.

Now that you have all this time on your hands, you can decide to stay the extra week to watch the Padres opening game for the season.

After all, who cares?

Where do you really, truly, need to be?

Now we’re talking.

 

 

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Great example of memorabilia. I lugged this around for years. Finally I photographed it and its in my iTunes library.

(this is an excerpt from my book: The Spartan RV)

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One of the hardest things to do is to get rid of those very, very special mementos. I’m talking about the physical thingys that are hard to describe.

I’ll make a list here, but no way can this be inclusive. My list is slightly tongue-in-cheek, but go with it, ok?

* Cross country and track medals (I really did have these)

* Sports and competition trophies. (Racing, fishing, basketball, poker, and on and on and on)

* Commemorative plaques, plates, glasses, chairs, placards, coffee cups, and on and on and on.

* Old projects, work awards.

* Watches, sculptures, and on and on.

* Diplomas, certificates, certifications…

 

 

I for one struggled with my track medals. I was super proud of all my racing. I had medals in the 400 meters, 800 meters, relays, and also cross country races. At least one lifetime ago I was skinny. My running weight was 154 pounds. I could run like the wind. I wasn’t world class. Heck I wasn’t even “state” class, but I still did pretty darned good.

Somehow I could never part with those medals. So I lugged them around with me for 30 years.

One day, after living in an RV (growing more Spartan-like) I had several very big realizations about the medals – and “stuff” for that matter:

1) I couldn’t remember the details of some of the races anymore.

2) None of the races were really important.

3) No one cared but me.

4) I had two kids, not one. How would I split the medals anyway?

5) My kids really didn’t care that much.

So, after my Spartalization ( a Spartan-like realization ) I made some decisions.

1) I would photograph each medal carefully, front and back.

2) I would throw away all the medals with absolutely no tears. Actually what I ended up doing was giving them to some local kids as chachkies.

3) I would not have any regrets.

It was absolutely the most freeing experience I had in a long time.

I then did the same thing with my University of Nebraska framed diploma, my high school diploma, my Master’s diploma, my 1 mile track award, and almost every single other thing in my life that no one cared about but me.

 

 

And the world continued to rotate just fine.

Cute side note on the diploma thing. I had a friend who was HIGHLY educated – way more so than me. He actually had a masters from M.I.T. and a Ph.D from another prestigious university. He puts a very high value on credentials – I’m not faulting him – I’m just saying. When I told him I threw the fancy sheepskin away, you’d have thought I stabbed him through his heart.

So now I’m asking you, RVing friend…

Can’t you simply take a picture of all of your little memorabilia and won’t that be good enough. Why do you really, really, really have to lug that crap around?

After all, you can’t take it with you.

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Storage is one of those things that I hear the ladies say (ok, just my wife – I’ve got no proof what the other ladies say) “I love this RV because it has so much storage.”

While I can completely appreciate the statement and the sentiment, this is a really big RED flag.

Storage=stuff.

Stuff=weight.

Weight=Overweight+Illegal+Dangerous.

So when it comes to storage BE CAREFUL. BE THOUGHTFUL.

Try not to put HEAVY things into storage. If you own a heavy IBM selectric typewriter – please do not put it in your RV in your RV storage anywhere!

Do you own gold? Put it in a safe deposit box or somewhere better than a weight sensitive RV. Think about how many Spanish Galleons went to the bottom of the sea! That was probably because they had too much heavy gold in their cargo holds.

AVOID books and other heavy, easily digitizable media. This can get out of hand very fast.

DO use your storage to de-clutter your RV. Put things like stationery, envelopes, greeting cards, and some other small bric-a-brac of life in the storage.

DO use your storage to hold some of your needed (in my opinion) electronics equipment like your Internet modem, or your wireless router. You might have a small basket for holding AA, AAA, and 9V batteries and miscellaneous cables.

DO use your storage for some fun things that you might bring out on special occasions, like a candle or two, or perhaps a small table standing decoration. Don’t go overboard on this – but a little can go a long way.

By properly digitizing your life, you’ll find that the storage simply isn’t needed that much.

 

 

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Have you ever tried to sell a couch on Craigslist? http://rv52.com/ever-tried-sell-couch-craigslist/ http://rv52.com/ever-tried-sell-couch-craigslist/#respond Sun, 21 Sep 2014 15:36:25 +0000 http://rv52.com/?p=39537 Could have been called “Get over your attachment to your stuff” (an excerpt from my book – The Spartan RV) A lot of people paid really good money for furniture. Things like couches, love seats, ottomans, coffee tables, end tables, tables, and book cases. They agonized over those purchases – comparing costs, checking colors, checking […]

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Could have been called “Get over your attachment to your stuff”

(an excerpt from my book – The Spartan RV)

A lot of people paid really good money for furniture.

Things like couches, love seats, ottomans, coffee tables, end tables, tables, and book cases.

They agonized over those purchases – comparing costs, checking colors, checking wood composition, scrutinizing manufacturers and so much more. They were going to make a really solid purchase.

So they plunk down several thousand dollars to get all this furniture.

Within seconds, an $800 couch new becomes a $10 couch used.

Used furniture isn’t worth much.

The more the potential “yuk” factor, the more money you lose. A couch – full of who knows what in the cushions can’t hardly be given away.

Craigslist shows you why:

 

 

Notice all the things in red. These RED highlight items simply CRUSH the high dollar items that I didn’t highlight.

No one, and I mean NO ONE gives a ding dang dong what you paid for your furniture or that some really cool guy in a loft in New York designed it.

Worse, the chances the color scheme you picked for your house, works for someone else is pretty slim too. Probably ZERO chance, not just slim. So when someone is mildly interested in what you have, they probably aren’t interested in it enough to help you get all your money back on your item.

As much as you think you might have the best furniture on the planet, you are probably the only one that thinks so.

So to downsize from a house to an RV you are going to have to get very comfortable with the idea that your furniture is not worth very much money. Particularly if you want to get rid of it in a hurry.

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