Friday, January 27, 2012

This is how we do it~Packing up da Homey

Howdee all,

A few posts ago~I mentioned that I would show you what I have to do to pack up the interior of Homey before we travel.

After living 10 years of fulltime living in Homey..we kinda like to think we have the packing thing down..I am always tweaking things to make it easier.

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Recently we were parked in Sicksta side yard..for a few months..

IMG_2622As you can see I have things on the walls and counters. Both the driver and passenger seats can move to face the interior of Homey. I turn them around to face the front windshield.

packing homey_018Some of it gets packed away..other items stay as is..


Under this make shift table is the steering wheel.

All of this gets packed away, as well as all of the plants in the front window.

packing homey_001The plates on the wall are fastened securely with 3m command strip picture holders and mounting tape…so they stay where they are.

In the kitchen I take down the coffee pot,and any items that aren't secure.

packing homey_006All of these items on the desk are packed away except for the basket and flat tray.

The tray and basket don’t move while traveling…they both have non slip fabric underneath..

The white lines you see on the window is soap~I put it there because our windows are reflective and the birds think the yard continues thru them…the white marks show them there is something to pretty good!

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packing homey_012Everything in the curio cabinet stays as is…all secured with museum wax or putty.

packing homey_013All the pictures on the wall are secured and stay up while traveling.

I pack away the hanging crystal chandelier and everything on the dining table.

The plant is packed away..the pink frog candle holders, little blue bird and rock pyramids are secured with putty and stay.

packing homey_015All dishes are put in the cabinets with a non slip fabric between them so that they don’t rattle and annoy us as we travel. Same goes for cups, glasses..all wrapped or  placed in the cupboard between cardboard separators.

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Assortment of knick knacks that get wrapped up and stored in the bathroom cupboard.

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The cupboard before ~packing homey_040I wrap the chandelier in a flannel pillowcase.

packing homey_039The cupboard full ~packing homey_041Plants are put in bins and stored in the shower.

packing homey_045I roll up the carpets to allow for the slide room to come in.

packing homey_047The slide room in~notice the difference?

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The bedroom pretty much stays the same..the chandelier comes down ~otherwise everything else you see is secure.

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The bedroom slide comes in and the bed just about fills the whole room.

packing homey_050The bathroom items are packed away..the silk plant is secured with putty.

packing homey_025Bathroom packed..

See my cool Birdie mirror stick ons from Home Goods?

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I make sure our sliding pocket doors~We have three of them…are locked so they wont slide back and forth as we are driving. All cupboards and closets are checked to make sure they are secure.

I check the refrigerator to make sure items are secured by the sliding bar that holds them tightly in, so that they don’t fall out when we open the refrig. door after traveling.


The inside is ready to roll…I wonder if Jeff is finished with his outside packing chores?

Jeff unhooks the electricity and water. He packs away the bird feeders and outdoor patio carpet. He makes sure the TV antenna is lowered.He attaches the car to the back of Homey.

I start Homey while he is outside and Jeff checks the car and Homeys lights to make sure they are all working correctly when I press on the brake, hazard lights etc.

I pull the Homey forward to make sure the cars tires are rotating.

We say our Goodbyes…

Off we go….Jeff in the driver seat.

I have a license to drive this massive vehicle but choose not to... I know enough to  get us to safety if anything were to happen to Jeff.


We may forget one or two items and have to pick up a broken something or secure something that is making noise in the cupboard.

We know people that have driven away without unhooking their electrical cord.. others who forgot to unhook their sewer lines…Some who's antenna was still up..the scary list goes on and on..Yikes..

I'm not telling who!


  1. Reality in the true sense. Simply a great blog....

    Happy Trails to you...

  2. That was great! Thanks for taking us along on your packing!

  3. Wow! I love how it really is your home and it really is homey! Enjoy Florida, Dear Dawn!

  4. Great post! It's neat to see how it all "comes together" for traveling.

  5. Your list check list sounds like ours inside and out, except that I am outside checking brake, left and right, tail lights, and the tow car tires moving! But I don't have all the pretty homey stuff you have that makes your homey so homey!!!! When we left our home in Iowa, i was so burnt out from dusting all my pretties, I vowed a simplier life. But simplier is not as much fun or as homey!

  6. Guess I should start gluing more things down so I don't have so much packing to do. Love that no-skid. Then after the inside stuff is done I go do the outside stuff.

    Signs I saw leaving an RV park:
    "Antennae down?"
    "Steps in?"
    "Wife on board?"

  7. very cool Dawn, envy the free wheeling life you and Jeff have. Safe trip

  8. Wow, lots of things to remember for packing up! It is definitely no small task. Very interesting! Great post!

  9. Wow, Dawn, that is quite a chore, yet I suppose it is a small price to pay for the freedom to move when and where you want to!

  10. Fascinating! Homey sure is homey! Happy trails Dawn & Jeff!

  11. You have the packing process down to an art. Safe travels! xoxox


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