Saturday, December 9, 2023


Are you a “neat freak” or a slob?

Does everything need to be in its place in your life? Does dust on the coffee table drive you crazy, or unmade beds, or clothes tossed on the back of chairs rather than hung in the closet?

In other words, are you a neat freak or a slob? Here’s your opportunity to tell the world. Let’s see if RVers like things just right or if they really don’t care.

Chuck Woodbury
Chuck Woodbury
I'm the founder and publisher of I've been a writer and publisher for most of my adult life, and spent a total of at least a half-dozen years of that time traveling the USA and Canada in a motorhome.



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Joanna (@guest_53918)
4 years ago

I’m pretty tidy. For me owning less “stuff” means less time organizing and cleaning. Especially when traveling in my Class B, I have to resist packing those “just in case” items.

Mark B (@guest_53912)
4 years ago

After reading the comments, I realized others had the same problem in choice.

At home, there is space to spread things out, and not put away for days or weeks. Extra rooms, counters, tables for projects. Then there’s the crawlspace with storage. The garage holds 2 cars, big freezer, 5 bikes, 2 trailers, snowblower, lawnmower, tools, workbench, powerwasher, 3 saws on stands and then more shelf space than the entire RV (if I could split the RV, I could put 1/2 on each side where the shelving is. More slob here.

In RV, everything in place all the time. We are talking a space 1/3 the size of my master suite at home. Neat freak.

2 months in RV with a toolset that includes small compressor and small compound saw. Travel to Habit for Humanity build sites and am overly prepared. The next home will be a floating home. Just don’t need all the stuff and space any more.

In hotels, bathroom kits in place, phone chargers readied on nightstand, shoes left at door, suitcases on stands or suitable surface but always zipped at night to prevent bedbugs hitchhiking. Working with maybe 300 sq’ . Neat freak.

Mary Ann Englert (@guest_53905)
4 years ago

In our RV we are neat freaks. Everything has its place so that when we need or want something we know exactly where it is. At home, however, we are just happy to keep things tidy.

Impavid (@guest_53902)
4 years ago

Not OCD but like things in their place.

Rita M. Black (@guest_53889)
4 years ago

When I was younger, I kept everything neat. But I’m a crafter/artist and when I had a little extra money, I would buy some supplies. Along the way, everything took over every available place. I always had a motto: “My home is cluttered enough to be happy, but clean enough to be healthy.”

Alvin (@guest_53878)
4 years ago

The lady here and I (married 51 years) are neat freaks. We value everything and its proper place in our lives. That thinking has saved us a ton of money. We are often quite appalled at the mess and confusion some folks we encounter are content to live in. Further, its quite the show sometimes to watch particularly a young family we’d assume to be in debt to their eyeballs arrive at a campsite, and spread their trappings from one end of their site to the other. Dogs, plastic kids crap/contraptions of every form imaginable, what a show!
We don’t mind as long as the brats keep to their site and it don’t spill over into ours. When camping we try to find places that allow us to camp on a night to night basis, this allows us to move along and leave the people of mass destructions to their own devices. We certainly don’t want to interfere with a lifestyle that……………….

Joanna (@guest_53917)
4 years ago
Reply to  Alvin

Wow, Alvin, I’m your age and prefer quiet camping as well, but don’t prejudge families with toys assuming they are in debt. “Dogs, crap, brats…” Who knew that the cranky “get off my lawn” attitude could exist among RVers.
Good news: there are plenty of 55+ buttoned downed sites for those with a desire for regimentation and order. There you can relax and spare boisterous, messy humanity your disapproval.

Wayne Caldwell (@guest_53864)
4 years ago

I am both:
Since I retired and am at home while my wife still goes to work, I get to take care of the house and yard. I don’t like a hamper full of dirty laundry, floors that need sweeping or vacuuming, or sinks full of dirty dishes. I need everything in its place.
The other side, though, is don’t go into my shop. It’s usually a mess.

DW/ND (@guest_53895)
4 years ago
Reply to  Wayne Caldwell

Amen Wayne ! Right on! Ditto! (QuaiLfies as the Joke of the Day).

Tommy Molnar (@guest_53860)
4 years ago

RV’s are so small (regardless of how ‘large’ they are) they show clutter instantly. We keep clutter to a minimum and it makes our trailer look larger than it really is. Our stick home is not that large either so we keep the clutter to a minimum there as well.

Cheryl Thompson (@guest_53830)
4 years ago

Neat freak at home, but especially in a small trailer. A place for everything, and everything in its place.

Kurt Shoemaker Sr (@guest_53822)
4 years ago

When it comes to hitting the laundry basket my wife would say I’m a slob. But, when it comes to our RV…. everything has its place and we don’t have stuff lying all around. When we leave a campsite we leave it clean for the next camper.

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