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Welcome to the RV I.D. Signs Blog.  We’ll be sharing resources and great finds here as well as our thoughts on the RV Lifestyle, living with less, our personal mantra, Freedom and Flexibility and Personalization and Design.  A bit of a mish mash of topics but all are illustrative of where we’re at and perhaps where some of you may be coming from (or dreaming about).  Please leave comments, we do read them and respond – the more we share, the more we learn and grow.

Our Inner Critic

I have an inner critic that bellows like an opera singer except she does not sing beautiful notes in Italian, she disguises herself as me, using my voice and my vocabulary. We all have an inner critic and she really loves to rear her ugly head when we are working...

Uncertainty

I’ve been giving a lot of consideration as of late to our need and desire for control. While I’ve touched on this topic here, I’d like to really take a moment to tackle the concept of uncertainty. Uncertainty, at least for me, is a very uncomfortable...

The Care of our Spaces

I had something of an epiphany this week while preparing our house for an open house. I spent hours cleaning, dusting, mopping and vacuuming, and in the process, I found so many little “extras” that desperately needed my attention. That’s when it hit...

Pondering on Small Space Living

“Small rooms or dwellings discipline the mind, large ones weaken it.”  Leonardo DaVinci   I came across this quote and thought it a brilliant reflection on our current preoccupation with bigger and bigger homes, and wondered how our culture might...

Giving up Control

I’m often inspired and yet somewhat disturbed by the lengths we go to control nature. Driving through suburban areas, I notice perfectly manicured lawns, structured gardens outlined by a prison of retaining walls, and symetrically pruned trees spaced equidistant...

Can RV Living be Eco-Friendly?

I’ve heard people frown on RV living, arguing against it from an ecological standpoint. Many will deduce that since RVs use an exorbitant amount of fuel, an RV lifestyle by its very nature imposes a large carbon footprint. I wanted to know for myself if an...

When is Enough, Enough?

In light of the self-help, law of attraction age, I find myself pondering this question often: when is enough, enough? I’m not sure if I have limiting beliefs around money, but I wonder how much we really need and what drives us to continuously want more and...

Why We Want to Live in an RV

Living fulltime in an RV isn’t really as much of a “fringe” lifestyle as it once was. We are seeing increasing numbers of couples, retirees, and families opting out of a traditional bricks and sticks lifestyle to a mobile, nomadic lifestyle. Once the...

10 Practical Reduction Activities to Try on for Size

Throughout this downsize journey, I have realized time and time again that our family has way too much stuff. Everywhere I turn, I feel as though there are items to be managed, maintained, stored and dealt with. In our efforts to reduce our consumption moving forward,...

The Efficiency Paradox

I rather recently learned of a concept known as the Efficiency Paradox. First introduced by the English Economist  William Stanley Jevons, and also known as Jevons Paradox, the Efficiency Paradox states that when efficiencies increase, so does consumption of whatever...

The High Cost of Cheapness

Have you ever considered the high cost of “cheap”? In this Walmart World in which we live, there are things to consider when amassing large amounts of cheaply produced goods. Below are 5 considerations that I’ve been taking to heart lately....

Dealing with “Stuff”

We all surround ourselves with a plethora of useful and frankly useless items. As we continue to declutter and purge ourselves of the unnecessary, I have found a few nuggets of wisdom that have been helpful to our process – perhaps these ideas can help you out...

Purging “Stuff” 101

As we continue the process of getting our house sale ready, I’m faced daily with the daunting task of purging excess stuff. I often ask myself, how can we possibly downsize from 2000 square feet to just over 200 square feet? The answer, of course, is that we...

What does Freedom Mean to You?

I often ponder on the concept of freedom. There are overarching meanings of the word that we all understand, and yet it is the subtle considerations of the word that interest me. Am I truly free? Freedoms can be taken away from us by others, by governments, bullies,...

Parkinson’s Law and Living on the Road

You might be wondering what could possibly be said about Parkinson’s Law and living on the road or perhaps you’ve never even heard of Parkinson’s Law (admittedly, I’ve only known about it for a relatively short time too).  The concept is...

Driving Past Beauty

We drive past beauty all of the time. In our cars, walking down the street, rushing through the grocery store isles, we drive past beauty. We ask ourselves “how can I get more out of life? How can I be more productive, make more money, have more of the things I want...

Life is but a Zentangle

I have just recently begun to draw zentangles which is an elaborate name for doodle art. Yes, there are many techniques and pattern sequences to learn and explore, but essentially, zentangles are a take on the little doodles we all drew in our high school note books....

Sharing is Caring

I love this time in history and the full on burgeoning of a new economic sector known as the sharing economy. We are leaving the phase of needing to own everything for ourselves. We are beginning to recognize that everything is only available in finite amounts from...