When we started looking at Tiny Houses I was discouraged because they were small, like 200 square feet or the larger ones had poor layouts. I wanted a house that made me feel like a happy camper; it didn’t seem like that was too much to ask for.
Frustration surfaced when we looked at the prices because they were ridiculous and the houses consisted of nothing. We finally came across a design that was comfortable, could be updated if we wanted and a few months later we found land. That was a year ago and everything felt like it was falling into place. We closed on the land, the next step was to get the farm sold and buy our little house.
Back then I was still removing stuff we didn’t want and boxing things up for storage, that story is here. I’m happy to report the last of everything we decided to keep will be going to storage in the next couple of days. Downsizing is life changing!
During that time, Robert put together our future plans, this involved calculating expenses, researching regulations and so on. It became clear this project was a huge undertaking and the last thing I needed to be doing was setting up and maintaining a new home. This kind of made me a little sad but I had to be realistic, establishing an entire community is a large undertaking. Are we up for the challenge? Of course!
This is when reality struck like lightning and living in a Tiny House right away was placed on the back burner because we started considering moving into our RV. Living in an RV was definitely tiny and would allow us to stay focused because there’s no distractions; cleaning the space takes less than 30 minutes. This wasn’t an easy decision and it came with a compromise because marriage is all about meeting each other halfway……
First I had to really process living in our RV because it’s smaller than the Tiny Houses we plan to purchase. For weeks, I wondered if I could be a happy camper living so extreme; I couldn’t really answer if I would be happy which was a little scary. When we purchased the RV a couple years ago I found myself loving this thing for the following reasons.
- It’s simple
- Easy to keep clean
- When you close the door it’s like the rest of the world goes away.
Knowing those three simple things I decided I could be happy but we would also need a shed for a workshop and office space. This was an acceptable compromise because we already planned to put in a shed, so maybe it was me just really wrapping my brain around the concept and not really a compromise?
It was settled, we decided living in the RV was acceptable and now I’m in the process of loading it with our stuff so it feels like home. If we don’t like it then we’ll go back to our original plan and move into a Tiny House later but something tells me this will work just fine for the next year.
It helps knowing it’s temporary.
This entire get ready process has taken a great deal of preparation, thought and planning. Sometimes it feels like I’m over thinking everything and Robert is just waiting patiently for me to make up my mind. Course there may also be this other layer of me thinking, what will others think? But I realized it doesn’t matter what others think because I’m tired of being a servant to the home.
When I look into our future I see a sense of freedom in the air and it’s amazing. There are so many things that Robert and I want to accomplish and the reality is there isn’t enough years for us to do them all. By simplifying and narrowing our focus we can at least zero in on the things that are important and blessed by a greater wisdom than our own.
While Robert and I set up this community we’ll live in our RV and at some point, we’ll have to decide if we want to stay at this site before we settle into our very own Tiny Home. When we come to that decision I’ve decided that after living in an RV a Tiny House will be like a major upgrade and what will I ever do with all that space?
It’s kind of like this, I did the house thing for 20+ years it’s now time for something new and it begins with me being a Happy Camper which will make Robert a Happy Camper too!