Have you ever thought of giving it all up and moving into an RV or travel trailer? Maybe just a smaller house or a micro-house?
That’s what this is all about. One average American couple doing just that. The reasons? Well, the reasons can be a long list ranging from idealism and reduction of your carbon footprint to economic stresses or even job requiring extensive travel. They don’t matter.
What does matter is when you find yourself trying to shoe-horn yourself into a space smaller than many master bedroom suites, and that includes bathroom, kitchen, dining, living, office, and bedroom. Everything has to fit…somewhere and somehow. I’ll tell you now…it won’t fit.
We’re two weeks into full time life in a tin box, as GM puts it. It’s been entertaining…and stressful. We’ve had more squabbles in the last two weeks than we normally have in six months. In terms of RVs and travel trailers, we have a mansion. We have a 30 foot travel trailer, currently parked on a friend’s property. Thankfully, we have a great relationship with our friends, as we try to get things fixed and functional. We would be in a world of hurt without their help, btw.
We were packrats, I suspect. We saved too much of too many things. Our initial phase includes a 10×10 storage unit located about 8 miles from where we are parked. Not real convenient but it was cheaper than a shed and probably more weather proof than anything we could have cobbled up in a hurry. We threw out a lot of stuff. We abandoned some stuff. We have given away some stuff. We still have too much stuff, by the way.
I write about food, and do my own photography. An RV stove? Oh lord…what on earth is going on with that oven? I don’t think you can cook a whole chicken in it without flattening it first. Souffles? I don’t think so. China? Um, it’s in the storage unit for now. I don’t know what I’ll decide about it. A KitchenAid mixer? Well, it’s in here…and stored on the former top bunk. Specialized baking pans? Cooking tools? There are two drawers in this travel trailer, and only one of them “works.” GM has a project still uncompleted in repairing it.
Sewing machines and scroll saw? Craft materials? Patterns and fabric stash? Hah. This is going to be tough.
We bought a used trailer, about 5 years old. It wasn’t a high end model, and it needed and needs some repairs. It didn’t leak (or so we thought?) We have no lock on the door, and have opted to replace it with a hasp and padlock. It’s more cost effective on our shoestring budget. It has little storage, and a crappy design. I already know what I would have changed if I’d have been in on the design!
I know already that we are over weight. We can’t move it until this trailer goes on a diet. We can’t hardly MOVE in the trailer until we get rid of some stuff. We need organization and to get rid of more stuff. Anybody want a cat tower?