Having just returned from a busy week back in the UK this is a ‘filler’ to cover that week with normal weekly service being resumed next Monday days after our arrival in Sardinia – stay with us for the last 5 months
The motorhomers key to (near) perfect harmony
Living in a confined space can be a challenge – never more so when that space is a motorhome. The dream may be free spirited and laid back but this lifestyle can only be a achieved by the application of a lot of order and a bit of elbow grease. A motorhome needs to be kept clean and needs to be kept tidy.
We are fortunate that one of us is a cleaner – some might say obsessively so – and the other is a tidier. We’ll leave you to guess dear reader which one of us is which.
So in the spirit of universal enlightenment we offer the following top tips on maintaining perfect harmony whilst living in a small space in the middle of some foreign field.
Motorhomes by their nature get dirty. Be it dust, sand or mud it gets in through grills, vents and meshes and open roofs, windows and doors. So a number one priority is a decent, but light dustpan and brush plus a goodly supply of cleaning cloths or discarded “designer” underpants which can be washed and reused. Floors that are swept religiously are much nicer to walk on than gritty ones.
Most surfaces inside a motorhome are multifunctional. For example the dining table doubles as the food preparation area or the office or the card table or a work bench and frequently the bar. The same goes for the top of the hob, the sink or sometimes the dashboard . So in the interests of harmony or to accommodate those times when living outside is not an option it is essential that those surfaces are kept both clean and clear. We quickly found that there is nothing worse than marmite on your Lonely Planet or 3 in 1 oil on your olives.
Then there are the insects and believe us there are lots of them of all shapes and sizes. The thinking motorhomer will invest in a heavy duty door fly screen – this year’s model of choice resembles a row of giant woolly pipe cleaners and can be seen on campers on Aires and campsites throughout Europe protecting travellers and their food from marauding foreign flying things.
Then there is the not insignificant matter of cleaning the outside of the van. A clean motorhome is a smart motorhome. A clear screen is a safe screen and helps avoid collisions with oncoming wing mirrors or backing over partners. But alas motorhomes don’t fit in car washes so it’s a manual task – best performed with minimal clothing a hose and a broom. We have yet to crack how we clean the roof without a stepladder – to carry one would waste valuable weight – but even as we write David is working on a possible solution.
The mantra “A place for everything and everything in its place” could have been written for the motorhomer. If the maps and guide books are always kept and returned to the same slot or the torch is always in the same alcove they don’t disappear and, more importantly, they can be retrieved rapidly. Large bottles are decanted into smaller ones to aid storage and facilitate fridge doors closing. We have found that hanging things on walls or other surfaces with the ever present blue tack is a superb way of controlling Karen’s earrings or David’s screwdriver.
So as we sit in our gleaming, sparkly home from home with our all our possessions within easy reach smugly reflect on the meaning of our well ordered life and start to argue over who last had the corkscrew and where did they put it.