Matt and I have been down in Florida since the beginning of the year — while the rest of the country has been buried in snow during one of the coldest and longest winters in ages, we've been enjoying warm weather and sunshine. However, the thermometer is starting to rise above about 85 (and we've actually had to turn on the air a few times.) That's a sure sign that summer is on its way — so it's time to head north!
One of the great joys of full-timing is that you are the master of your own climate. Lots of places in the country say things like, “If you don't like the weather, wait 5 minutes and it will change.” I'll go you one better than that — if you don't like the weather, pack up your Airstream and go somewhere else!” After years of living in Florida year-round and wondering about these snowbirds who only visited during the winter season, I finally get it. Cold and snow and ice is fun if you can choose when to have it — but living in that mess for 3 or 4 months out of the year is not quite as enjoyable.
Our quality of life shot through the roof when Matt and I were suddenly able to have mostly temperate weather all year. No more freezing your ass off during January and February, no more sweltering and sweating and gasping from every pore in the summer heat. We now live a life that follows a seasonal “circuit” — stay south of the Mason-Dixon line from Thanksgiving until at least the middle of March, then start wandering our way farther and farther north. The ideal summer situation is either to be someplace arid in the Rockies (where it's very pleasant all the way through July and August) or up in Canada. This year, we'll be enjoying the hottest part of the year in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. I much prefer having to wear a sweater at night to lying limply in bed, unable to sleep, melting in the 99-degree heat and 100% humidity (the way I spent most of my childhood in South Florida!)
And honestly, you don't have much choice when you're full-timing. I love my tin-can home, but she doesn't have a whole lot of insulation. Whatever the weather is like outside is what you tend to experience inside, as well. Oh sure, our little space heater does a great job of keeping us warm during a cold snap (once in D.C., we had 3 inches of snow on top of the trailer, but were still mosty-toasty inside.) And our air conditioner can handle all but the worst summer heat (the kind where it's so humid that every countertop is covered in a film of moisture, like you just got out of the shower.) Matt and I can be comfortable nearly everywhere except Death Valley and Saskatchewan — but it requires shutting all the windows and staying indoors where it's “climate controlled,” and we don't like that. I want to be able to have the house open, to feel a breeze blowing through, to go out and sit on my patio and enjoy the weather. After all, what's the point in owning a home that's 50% windows if you have to keep them closed all the time?
Ramona Creel is an award-winning 15-year veteran organizer and member of the National Association Of Professional Organizers. As well as having birthed “The A-To-Z Of Getting Organized,” Ramona is also the author of “The Professional Organizer’s Bible: A Slightly Irreverent And Completely Unorthodox Guide For Turning Clutter Into A Career”—and the creator of more than 200 “quick-start” business tools and templates for use by productivity professionals. She writes seven different blogs, has worked with hundreds of clients, and has delivered scores of presentations on getting organized. Ramona resides on the roads of America as a full-time RVer—living and working in a 29-foot Airstream with The Husbert and two fur-babies. Learn more at GettingOrganizedAToZ.com and RamonaCreel.com.
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