There are two things I find critical when you live in an RV that’s only 300 square feet: keeping everything shipshape and making sure your space smells clean.
When your living area is so small that changing a throw pillow is the equivalent of a home makeover, everything must have its place, and be in it.
In a conventional home you have more leeway for a bit of whimsy, even some artful arrangement. Not in an RV. I’ve always loved books piled on my coffee table, or stacked on the floor, but that won’t work in a home that accelerates, corners, and brakes. They must be put away lest they become projectiles. Can you imagine being knocked-out by Stephen King’s The Outsider? Or tripping over Baldacci’s The Fallen? Feng shui is always the order of the day.
In our travels we’ve been invited into other RV coaches where they don’t live by these standards, but you never know that until you walk into their home. Sometimes we stand there, appalled by the chaos and overcome by the smell of the litter box. We smile politely, trying to ignore the cat hair that floats everywhere like the L.A. smog and counting the minutes ‘til we can make our escape.
As my Grandma used to say, “You have to have a pound of dirt in you before you die.” I felt like I was getting perilously close to that limit.
On the flip side we’ve also sat, happily, visiting in coaches with both cats and multiple dogs in residence, and if you weren’t petting them, you’d never have known they lived there, too. Their space was immaculate and smelled wonderful.
In my book I talked about making my bed, first thing each morning, and it’s even more important here. Otherwise it looks like the FBI has “tossed” our bedroom. But before I pull up the sheets, I spray them with a natural air-freshener or linen spray. I prefer natural, and Mrs. Meyer’s makes some of my favorite scents: honeysuckle, lavender, and geranium.
Since I also love other fragrances, I often create my own home spritzers:
Mix 1.5 ounces distilled water, 1.5 ounces of vodka, and 15-20 drops of any clear essential oil that you love into a 4 or 5 ounce spray bottle. Shake well before using, then spray away! Think of it as a cocktail for your home… and you get to reap all the heady benefits.
Speaking of cocktails… Cheers until next time!