For the past several years, Hubby and I have spent about half of our time continuously on the road and the other half in our stix-n-brix home. There’s always a period of adjustment either way, but I’m noticing that it’s a bit more challenging for me to readjust from life on the road to being back in our “stationary” home, life off the road.
Do you spend extended periods of time in your rig like we do? Does it take you a while to readjust to being tethered to one spot, like me?
Here are some things I’ve noticed. Maybe you’ve noticed them, too.
Readjusting to life off the road
- The “yank.” (Muscle memory is real.) RV drawers and cupboards have a stiff latch that keeps them securely closed as we travel. (I still bungie tie them together, just in case we hit rough roads.) After months on the road, I get used to yanking handles to open everything. When we get back to our “stationary” home, I sometimes forget and continue the “yank.” I’ve pulled hard enough to completely remove a drawer from its cabinet! That’s quite a yank!
- The “badgering.” (Bad habits are hard to break.) “Pick it up and put it away where it belongs.” That’s my mantra while we’re living in our RV. It doesn’t take long for things to get cramped, covered up and lost, or ruined if not put in their designated place. Once we move back into our stationary home, constant badgering is no longer needed. (Hubby repeatedly assures me that badgering is no longer necessary! Really.)
- The “four square rule.” Hubby and I have negotiated and come up with a plan that works. (Works for us anyway. Please don’t judge!) While in the RV I try to use no more than four squares of toilet paper per “#1 go.” We do this in order to put less paper into the black tank. When I find myself counting squares in our stix-n-brix home, I do a mental head slap! No need to count. Better yet, I can enjoy the plush feeling of actual two-ply tissue! What luxury!
- The “step flush.” (Or, muscle memory strikes again.) I’ve lost count of how many times in our stationary home I’ve stood to flush our toilet with my foot already poised to “step.” I’ve even actually looked for the foot pedal! More than once. Ah, another convenience of the stationary life: flush handle at hand height.
- The “blind pull.” Having spent several weeks in warm Florida, I’m used to pulling the shades about mid-morning to stay ahead of the heat. (Our RV’s air conditioner can’t always catch up and cool the unit unless I take this precautionary step.) At home, Hubby wonders why he’s living in a cave. Obviously, I don’t need to lower blinds in our stix-n-brix home; but, out of habit, I do.
- The “hunt” for stuff. Because our RV is smaller and arranged differently than our stix-n-brix home, I have to stop and think about where specific items are located. Take the cheese grater, for example. In the RV, it’s stored in a lower cabinet beside the sink. Not so in our stationary home. It takes me a second or two to think about where I’ll find our “home base” cheese grater. An even bigger issue is finding things that “travel” from our RV into our stationary home and back again. We own only one large Crock-Pot. Before I dig out my soup recipes, I have to stop and find the Crock-Pot. “Is it in the RV?” Or “Did I box it up to bring it home?” Or “Where did I put it?”
- The “teeny loads.” When using our small RV washer and dryer, I can only wash a few items at a time: Two pair of jeans and some socks, for example. Or four shorts and some underwear. I do a double-take when loading my stix-n-brix washer. Wow! The capacity compared to the one in our RV amazes me every time! I no longer need to wash laundry every other day! Plus, it takes less than an hour for a normal load to dry. Now that’s a happy adjustment!
- The “fatigue.” I can fully clean our entire RV in about half an hour. That includes cleaning the bathroom, kitchen, bedroom, and living area. Our stationary home? Not even close! I seem to spend most of my time carting cleaning supplies from one end of the house to the other. And the vacuum plug? I’m accustomed to plugging in once in the RV. At home, I plug and unplug and re-plug that cord five or six times—at least! (And our home isn’t that big!)
So, there you have it! A few minor adjustments that need to be made as I transition from RV living back to life off the road in our stationary home. How about you? Can you relate? Share your story with us, please!