The housing market in Alaska is really strange right now, so we’re not having the same kind of luck in selling our home that we did previous homes. When we first moved here in 2003, you could not even get a house before it was gone. By the time you saw it online in the mls, it was no longer for sale.

After the tax credit that Obama and our government gave home buyers ended in April 2010, what was a seller’s market quickly became a buyer’s market. Buyers have had a great selection to choose from that are all being sold at really low prices. It makes it almost impossible to compete.

So, I decided to start doing what I love. Make lists!

Some of the things I’ve been working on since waiting for a contract on our home that might help you while you’re getting ready to fulltime.  These suggestions will make your transition from a landlocked home to one that travels much easier.

Think about your records. Your birth certificate. Your marriage license. Your passport. Your shot records. Those records you have in your safe deposit box. Or a special location to protect them. Carrying them in your RV could be a little risky, so a fireproof safe might work for you. If you’re a little too nervous about this, you could scan images of these documents and keep them in a bank safety deposit box. Or you could split some up to stay with you, while others stay in a vault. That is all totally up to you, but it is worth a thought while you’re waiting to leave.

Another good thing to think about is your stuff. Put it in piles. Maybe piles. No piles. RV pile. Storage pile. Friend pile. You could also get really generous. With your local woman’s shelter or the Salvation Army. Your neighbors and friends. Do you have to have a garage sale? Probably not, if you’re not too desperate for cash. Give instead. It just feels better. If you’re like us and have to pay movers to take your stuff to a storage unit (ours is 4,000 miles away so we really have to think hard about what to do with our “stuff”), you’re gonna have to make it hurt A LOT.

How much more simple would your life be if you had no stuff? What if you weren’t really very attached to anything except perhaps a couple of things. For me, it is my paints and my easel. And my cameras. For you, it could be some woodcarving tools or something else. The smaller the better. Unfortunately, I’m going to miss my sewing machine but I love to hand sew also. So I can live with that.

Just thinking about these things sent me to many different locations with many different items. We gave some of our bigger wordworking tools to friends who had been really kind to us. We gave televisions to the women’s shelter and the Salvation Army.

These are just a few things I’ve been thinking about while waiting. I’m not very good at waiting.

Hope you have a great day.