Moving into a small space taught us a whole lot about what items are really functional for our lives. We simply couldn’t justify keeping anything around that didn’t serve it’s purpose really well.
Now that we’re beginning the house hunt again, we have a whole new outlook on what we want to take up space in a future home- even if that home is considerably bigger than our RV.
Here are a few items we’ve used nearly every single day on this trip and will happily move into our next house with us (or purchase another set, in one case.)
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What’s so great about this slide is also what some people don’t like about it, based on the reviews. It’s very lightweight. While some people say that makes it flimsy, it’s worked out great as a portable play option that works both outdoors and indoors- yes, even in an RV.
It breaks down into two pieces, but when you put them back together it’s very stable. It easily stores under our RV and will store just as nicely in a closet in our future house. I wouldn’t leave it outside full-time. The plastic will likely fade quickly. I imagine it will get the most use on rainy days inside when we are in a house.
Puj Phillup Cups
But Jill, do those even work? YES, FRIENDS! I trained my 4 kids to use these 4 cups and only these 4 cups for all drinks AND snacks. When they are done, they are at least responsible for hanging them back up. The older kids are asked to give theirs a good rinse. Scott takes them down and tosses them in the dishwasher each night.
Each kid is assigned a color, starting with the oldest kid’s cup up top and ending with the 2 year old’s cup at the bottom, just within his reach. This simple system has helped us cut way back on dirty dishes, and I’ve already purchased a 2nd set to go on our refrigerator in our next house. Gonna leave this set in the RV because I’m not sure how the refrigerator will fare if we take the adhesive hooks off.
Our RV only had a shower, but our future house will definitely have a tub or two, so why would I bother with this foldable tub? It’s definitely served it’s purpose as a small space bathtub option, with plenty of room in it for even our now 5-year-old to sit and play for a bit. I imagine he’s going to be all about the full-size tubs in the house, but if I can convince the 2-year-old to keep taking baths in this, even for a bit longer, I’ll take it. It reduces water consumption and keeps him from splashing tons of water all over the floor.
Even when I no longer have little kids who will fit in it, I will have a pug who needs dog baths! Ha! It’s also served as an awesome storage tote in the past, and since it folds up and stores in a small space, I think it’s long-term functionality justifies the minimal space it will take up.
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