Getting a Schedule Set

It is important when living full time in an RV that you have some sort of structure. It is all too easy to wake up whenever you want, go to bed when you feel tired, and float through each day with no sense of direction. Days turn to weeks, weeks to months, and pretty soon you wonder what the hell happened and what you’ve done for the past year. It is for that reason that I’ve found setting a schedule and sticking to it is the best way to live on the road full time.

In our case, I tend to fall asleep around midnight or early, but wake up by nine, sometimes earlier. Tiffany suffers from really bad insomnia and nerve pain, so sleep is often a luxury for her. I tend to start making her coffee around noon and sometimes accidentally make too much noise which wakes her up before she has had enough sleep. But because I don’t know how late she was up the night before, its hard for me to figure out when she would like to get up. If we don’t have anything we need to do or things to get accomplished, lately I’ve been trying to just let her get as much sleep whenever she can since she really needs it. I would love for her to be able to get back on a regular schedule, but I’m not sure how to do that yet.

Up until a few days ago, we had piles upon piles of dirty laundry. For whatever reason, I just never did laundry. I don’t know why, it just never seemed to cross my mind as something that I needed to do. But then it clicked. I finally realized that Tiffany wasn’t doing the laundry because she was so tired all the time and in such pain, and there was also no reason for me not to be doing it. I would get up in the morning, go online, and waste the next several hours doing pretty much nothing when it was a simple matter to just start the laundry, hang it up to dry, and let it dry overnight.

For about two weeks, the RV was filled with hanging laundry. I tried to fold it, but fell behind on that. So now instead of piles of dirty laundry, we have piles of clean laundry. We need to figure out where to put it all and we really need to go through it and get rid of a lot of it. We have too many clothes for the space we have and we really don’t need it all.

Now we’ve gotten in the pattern of throwing our dirty clothes in the washer at night and doing a load in the morning. Its pretty simple to do, doesn’t take more than fifteen minutes and most of that time doesn’t require my undivided attention anyway.

The next project to start working on and establish a pattern is the dishes. We have a tendency with the dishes to do the same as we were doing with the laundry. We also have too many dishes and not enough space for it all. The cabinet above the kitchen sink is full of stuff, most of it we never use and have no use for. If I can get rid of a bunch of that stuff, we’ll have more room in there as well and not have to worry about the doors flying open while driving and dishes going flying all over the place.

The last key item is vacuuming. If we can get everything put away, get Zoe situated and out of her crate, and have places for things, we can keep the RV clean and vacuum hopefully every day. That is the goal I hope to achieve while at this campground, in addition to getting it fixed.

But as I stated at the beginning, getting a schedule in place and sticking to it is important. Wake up, do laundry, check email and Facebook, do dishes, clean cat litter, pick up trash, make coffee, get Tiffany up, go for a walk, make lunch, start dinner cooking, shower, clean up some more. That should be it.

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