Friday, April 20, 2012

Taking My Own Advice

I just left a long post giving advice to a new blogger. She is asking for input as she decides if she wants to live fulltime in an RV. Something I have enough knowlege to give advice on since I read several blogs each day about it - that makes me an expert, right? No. What I did advise her to do is inventory everything she owns currently. That should take at least a year. Heck, I've been working on my inventory since at least 2005. Then I advised her to start letting go of stuff. I'm down to 2 10'x20' storage units myself (one does have my 2008 Jeep in it) and the things in my apartment down here in Honduras. That represents a lot of letting go and getting rid of stuff, believe it or not. As far as advice about blogging... well... I can point her to some really good blogs. Mine is, as is reflected in my overall life, a work in progress. So, time to take stock of things myself. I am continuing to knit the sweater. No progress on the hammock as I've had a bad cold all week and it takes all I can do to get through the work day. I'm on late shift next week. We'll see if my desire to finally get finished with the hammock wins out over wanting to head home when the time comes. For those of you who have forgotten the hammock, I have to work on it here on post, so it's not like the sweater that I can just pick up for a few minutes here and there. The yarn stash is getting smaller, which is the primary end result desired from doing the knitting and crocheting. I'm getting the kitchen cleaned, and starting to actually unpack the boxed I moved from WA to here 18 months ago. I will be taking inventory and getting rid of some things, and repacking the things I want to send home (to the storage unit...). Those things will be sent back the week before I head back for vacation again in September so that they will arrive while I'm at my Mom's. Debt is slowly going down. I hope to announce in a month or so that I've paid off yet another credit card. A glitch in the plan is that my current tennents in the house don't think they need to pay rent. Yep, another set that thinks rent is optional. I am gathering money to have to pay a lawyer to get them out. sigh. Yes, I've tried to sell the place. Everyone really like the place. No one thinks they should give me money to live there. I put money into the place, it looks nice, then tenents move in and trash it again. Did I mention I HATE being a landlord? This is my catch up post. I've been sick for a week and haven't felt like posting. Most things are going ok. It's the slow trudge towards my next phase. If Iknew how to speed the process up I would. But, as it is I just keep doing the next right thing.


  1. It can take a chunk out of monthly rents, but I think a rental mgmt company is the only way to go. They can be non-personal and enforce the rules that tenants pay rent or move. I would be a pushover and have gotten really taken advantage of when I did it on my own. Never again!

    You gave some good advice, I think. Inventory everything and start to pare down. Even if you decide full-time RVing isn't for you, life will be much easier with less stuff.

  2. I think I would have to go the property manager route too. Otherwise I'd about lose my mind. My mother seems to do OK renting out two farms long distance but she's a bit formidable and tends to get in her truck and drive several hundred miles at the drop of a hat and shotgun or no shotgun she always gives the impression she's got one.

    Property manager. Go for it.

  3. p.s. glad I can post a comment here since my site still won't let me post comments.

  4. I agree a property management company is the way to go. When I had a condo it was shear misery to collect rent.

    Hope you are over your cold.