Elementary my dear Watson !!

Smiley face detectivePerhaps I’m repeating myself? Maybe I made a similar comment previously? I have no secrets from the Internet!! “It” reads my e-mail messages, and blog, and sends links that address comments I’ve made. A couple of days ago I told a friend I might need to remove cabinet doors (above the TV) to create book shelves. Within hours I had advertisements (along the right side of the computer screen) for cabinet doors and cabinet makers. Here’s a recently received article: Organizing Your RV followed by my comments. ~~~~ (One tiny step: Last night I watched a DVD, today I’ll donate it to the CARE library.)

Tips for Organizing Your RV

March 10, 2014 — The Democratic Travelers

When your home is 200 square feet, a well-organized RV is the difference between a blissful living space and pig sty on wheels. Organizing our small space is an ongoing project, but these are some of my favorite tips and organization solutions that make my life easier. ~~~~ Currently, sad to say, mine is a pig sty on wheels.

Everything Needs a Home

Having a place for everything will keep your life organized. It helps to put things that you use often, like flashlights or power cords, in easily-accessible spots. Things that you don’t use often, like extra blankets, can be stored in harder-to-reach spots.

You Need WAY Less Stuff Than You Think  ~~~~ I know, I know!! I’m trying to “downsize”!!

If you’ve never used that rice cooker but think it might come in handy on the road, ditch it! Stick with the basics and purge often. Don’t be afraid to get rid of excess stuff – less is more on the road.


IKEA is my favorite spot for inexpensive organization solutions. Their airtight food containers are great for storing flour, rice and sugar. We use their wall-mounted rods and hanging containers in lieu of a medicine cabinet and have another in the kitchen with S-hooks to hang utensils. ~~~~ Yes, IKEA; I love to look at their catalogs!! I’ve never lived close enough to shop.


Baskets are your best friend in small living spaces. They’re the easiest and most attractive way to keep your things organized and come in all sizes, materials and prices. I like to use baskets to group similar items: I keep a basket next to my desk to holds notepads, pencils and charging cords, there’s a wire basket in the bathroom for shower stuff, a clear plastic basket in the pantry for fruit and a basket where we keep all the pet things. ~~~~ Ah, baskets!! I use them in the tiny T@B teardrop trailer and I have a couple in my larger trailer. Plastic “dish pans” are great for storage, too.

Hanging Shelves

We don’t have much clothing that requires hangers, so we maximize our closet space by using hanging shelves. I use mine to store socks, undergarments and sandals, but they’re also great for sweaters and shirts. Don’t skimp on quality though, you’ll want one that’s good and sturdy that won’t sag after a few months.

Wall Hooks

Use your wall space! With limited closet and drawer space, having hooks in key spots is really convenient. We have a hook by the door for keys – you’ll never lose them! Wall hooks in the bathroom hold bath and hand towels and S-hooks on the screen door can hold jackets and dog leashes too. If you can’t drill into the wall, use 3M Command Hooks – they’re super strong and leave no residue! ~~~~ I’ve been drilling holes in the wall; I’ve been hanging pictures, a clock, and a magnetic bulletin board.

Hanging Trash Can Under Sink

This is a must-have! Floor space in your RV is limited and there’s no good spot for a bulky trash can. We have a wire frame mounted on the cabinet door that turns grocery bags into a hidden trash can. While we do have to take the trash out more often, having it out-of-sight is worth it. ~~~~ Gratefully, my Carriage came with waste basket under the sink.

No-Slip Mats

We put these shelf liners underneath almost everything that might move around while we’re towing. It keeps the printer from sliding off the desk and dishes and glasses from shifting when we’re on the road. ~~~~ I wish I had room for my printer!!

Collapsible Laundry Basket

For months, we had a permanent pile of clothes by the foot of our bed that drove me crazy. I remedied this problem with a low-profile collapsible laundry basket that keep our clothes contained. And because it’s collapsible, you can easily flatten and store it in the closet. ~~~~ My dirty clothes go into a laundry bag near the head of my bed.

Dish Rack

While RV life has most of the conveniences of home, it doesn’t usually include a dishwasher. Dish-drying racks are necessary when you have to hand wash your dirty dishes. Luckily, there’s a huge variety including racks that collapse or fold for easy storing.  ~~~~ Collapsible, or folding, I don’t have room for either!!

The Democratic Travelers

Pig pen

“Space” invaders !!

New neighbors

Snow at CAREFrom my CarriageFor most of the time I’ve lived at CARE, site #8 has been unoccupied. When I returned home last night (after NCIS) a trailer was in that site. This morning a pickup truck pulling a Renegade cargo trailer arrived and the trailer contents were moved to the storage building on that site. So-o-o-o-o apparently I have long-term neighbors. From the looks of things, the items from the Cargo trailer came from a storage unit because properly boxed and labeled (like mine, LOL). Very little is set aside to go into the residence trailer. Hey, I can see, “she” is a “pack rat” like me!! This may be a match made in heaven (LOL). ~~ Note “before” picture–with snow covering the ground at site #8.

Wal-mart runs “Mom & Pop” out of town !!

Love hate heartLorraine has a love / hate relationship with Wal-mart. I agree 100% with this article: Wal-Mart spreads like an epidemic disease. I “love” them when I am traveling (with my tiny teardrop trailer) and stay free-of-charge in their parking lot. I “hate” to shop there and choose to “shop locally” and pay a higher price. (I share so many thoughts with my readers, why not verbalize my dislike for the company??) Like the Health Ranger (Mike Adams) of Natural News, I, too, worked for Wal-Mart (2004-05 in Englewood, Ohio) and really got an ugly picture “from the inside.” I’ve been known to say “Wal-Mart is modern-day slavery” because (IMHO) they treat their employees very inhumanely. I’ve heard managers say “If you don’t like it, leave, there are a hundred people ready to take your job.”

Smiley face with flowerLorraine loves Mike Adams and Natural News!! I really, really value the news I receive from them!!


Check this information; I found it very informative.


More CARE donations, A to Z !!

The “powers that be” want pictures–so I took more pictures. Little did “they” know that I take lots of pictures and add captions. (I’m “on a roll”; downsizing is in high gear!!) ~~ Now you know how I spent Monday afternoon, March 10th.

**If** someone has a special interest in one, or more, of these items, I have researched the Internet and found similar items. Check the following websites:

Coleman Xtreme cooler, 70 quart, 98 cans.

Halo vacuum cleaner with ultra-violet cleaning benefit.

Oak Bar Stool.

Oak dining table chairs. (There are four.)

Recliner / Rocker. (There are two.)

Vizio 32” TV.

Wrought-iron fruit basket. ~~ Very realistic artificial fruit & veggies.

Wrought-metal folding bookshelves. (One large and one somewhat smaller.)

Yamaha EF 1000iS Inverter.

Bag of wood scraps to level a trailer

Coleman large Ice Chest

Expandable suction handle


Halo vacuum cleaner with ultra-violet cleaning

Oak Bar Stool

Oak Dining Chair


Rocker recliner

Very sharp saw-tooth knife

Vizio 32'' television

Wrought-iron display empty

Wrought-iron display with 29 artificial fruit & veggies

Wrought-metal large folding book shelves

Wrought-metal large folding shelves, front view

Wrought-metal small folding book shelves, side view

Wrought-metal small folding book shelves, front view

Three closed bookshelves

Yamaha Inverter Generator (never used)

Wonderful memories !!

Sunday afternoon at a Community Concert. We did it frequently–forty years ago. But today the concert was half a lifetime later and 1600 miles (+/-) from Lancaster, California. I didn’t know “Community Concerts” still existed; I was so “out of touch”!! A new acquaintance picked me up in their car and provided the membership ticket. (I’ll be buying my own membership for next season.) But the very pleasant memories flooded my mind as I sat in the Livingston High School Auditorium waiting for the performance to start. 

The performance was great and I plan to return to this message and provide details. It’s late, I’ve only been home a few minutes. Frankly, I didn’t want the “outing” to end so I lingered in the CARE Center after the evening meal visiting with friends (and watching some TV). Today was “special” because I “dressed up” and enjoyed a very different kind of day. It’s late and I’m heading to bed where I’m sure I’ll experience “sweet dreams.”

Smiley face two thumbs upI needed today!!

Oh, my aching back !!

Aching backThe mold/mildew task is “on hold.” ~~ Today I wrestled heavy, HEAVY boxes out of the storage building and back into the storage building. I needed to rearrange so I could find items for inside the big trailer. Furthermore, this is a hand-in-glove task as I’m downsizing. Really!! At this hour (4:30 PM) I have the Yamaha generator/inverter on the sidewalk ready (almost) for delivery–for a donation. Also (for donation) an extremely large Coleman ice chest, my Halo vacuum cleaner, and one heavy oak bar stool. When the truck arrives… I’ll haul four heavy oak dining chairs out of the big trailer and I’ll help the driver get the two huge La-Z-Boy recliners. ~~Hand in gloveToday I tried to decide how to bring one of my folding bookshelves into the big trailer. One is inside…, two will be a donation. ~~ So I feel like I got a lot accomplished but, oh, my aching back!! Last activity: covering the items (for donation) with a large tarp because more rain coming tomorrow. Too few nice days, weather-wise!!

CARE has an annual Health Fair. Here is the information about last year’s Fair. A new feature this year: A Silent Auction. They hope to have an enormous variety of “high ticket” items like golf cart, generators, golf clubs, TVs, restaurant gift cards, etc., etc. I’m scheduled as a volunteer so asked–at Wednesday’s meeting–if a slightly used (never used) Yamaha Inverter would be welcome. “Yes.” So I asked about four lovely oak dining table chairs and got another “yes.” The 32-inch (nearly new) flat-screen TV is enthusiastically welcomed!~~ So–with a reasonably nice day–I dug into the storage building. The Health Fair is the last week of March so I want to “downsize” my bulky, more valuable items prior to the event. Smaller, less significant items will go to CARE for their “garage sale” the second week of April. (The garage sale items sell for fifty cents, one dollar, etc., etc. The enormous amount of stuff nets a pretty penny for CARE, but no expensive items. Correction: Some expensive items but they sell for,“yes,” garage sale bargain prices. Remember, at the CARE October garage sale, I got the Magma Stainless Steel cookware for $5.00??) ~~ “Downsizing” is my goal the next few weeks!!!!!!

Hands over faceIf I’m honest–and sensible–I’ll forgo an organic vegetable garden this Spring and Summer. I’ll use my time and energy to funnel genealogy, photographs, poetry, books and other memorabilia to appropriate places (including trash receptacles). If I’m sensible….

Donations for CARE

Actually, this is Saturday, March 8th, 2014, 12 noon, but I want this message–and the pictures–to follow “Oh, my aching back.” The large, HEAVY La-Z-Boy chair had been wiggled forward so I could set up the folding bookshelves. During the evening, I unpacked two large boxes of books and a large box of DVDs. **If** I could locate my home-size (versus tiny Sony) DVD player, I have numerous unopened DVDs to watch. (Then one-by-one I’ll donate them to CARE. Likewise with the books; after I read… I’ll donate to the CARE library.) It’s a gamble whether my Vizio television is better than the Samsung but I don’t want the task of swapping one for the other. I don’t plan to pay for Dish Network or Direct TV; I can’t get TV “through the air” so the Samsung just sits in its niche and stares blankly at me (LOL). See earlier picture of tiny Sony DVD player in front of Samsung TV.

Books and DVDs on the shelves

Three empty boxes

Big chair has to go

Comfortable but too large

Dining table chair

Three dining table chairs

TV has to go

Sunbeam on Sony DVD player

A hint of Spring ?!

From my corner window

The window from the tree

Close up of blossoms

Another close up of blossomsAnother backdated blog message (at 6:30 PM). I wrestled more boxes today Saturday, March 8th, 2014. I shifted things around–at the mini-storage unit–and found more kitchen items. Very few will find their way into my trailer but good to “connect” with missing items. I returned home with things for the kitchen, bathroom and bookshelves. I cannot locate my DVD-VHS player or Blu Ray player. ~~ Later, I took time to admire the blossoms on the tree outside my side-yard window. There are hundreds of honey bees flitting from blossom to blossom.  I have not determined, yet, what kind of tree. ~~ No rain today but the TV evening news meteorologist is still predicting rain for the next several days. Yuck!! (I watch the evening news on the TV set in the CARE multi-purpose room [our “living room”].) Now I am going to relax, and read, in one of the huge La-Z-Boy chairs. When they are gone… I’ll bring my well-traveled glider-recliner from the mini-storage because it has a “smaller footprint.” My easy chairMy chairI purchased it in Lancaster, California, years prior to my retirement December 31st, 1999. So Lancaster to Brookville, Ohio; Ohio to Shelby, North Carolina; then PODS storage for fifteen months before transport to Waxhaw, North Carolina; more recently, North Carolina to Texas. A well-traveled chair!! (It has imitation leather cushions on heavy wrought-iron base. It gets hot and sticky after a period of time [sitting in it] so I toss a cotton tablecloth over it. Check this old blog message for pictures of the three bookshelves.)

Glider similar to mineI found the picture (left) on this website. I do not have that ottoman but chair is very similar to mine. Strangely, mine was an $800. chair (on sale, half price) so I’m surprised to find these two pieces for $300.  Oh well, truth be told, the furniture store in Lancaster may have upped the ticket price to $799. so they could mark it down to $399. Games People Play” (but that’s a topic for another day)?! ~~ Another… similar to mine.


Flowering pear is the name of the tree. Look at all these pictures.

Standing on my head !!

Under the cabinets; extreme rearCleaning mold & mildewWell, almost standing on my head. (At “three quarters and counting,” my body doesn’t bend like a pretzel.) I’ve been cleaning mold and mildew in the tiny T@B trailer. It is a bright sunny day–but wind is cold!! (The thermometer says 70 degrees [3:00 PM] but, IMHO, “feels like” 50 degrees!!) I’ve decided I need to tackle the project a little at a time. Even with an organic cleaner, the smell is offensive to me, I’m coughing a lot, and my eyes are watering. I removed the dark spots from ceiling and back wall of T@B (left corner) and found (not surprisingly) a massive amount in the storage area under the bed. I haven’t the strength to move the heavy mattress (that I added for my comfort) so I’ll accomplish what I can and hope for a strong assistant some day soon. (Strong assistant: Able-bodied young man.)


Postscript: After reading the comment (below) I found information on the Internet regarding Thieves Household cleaner (and other products). I’ll order some. Thanks Lesley.