How in the world has it already been almost 3 months since we moved into #DukeTheTravelTrailer?! RV living is definitely different than what I envisioned, but not necessarily in a bad way. We’ve had a few hiccups and challenges the past month, but overall, we’re having a great experience living our ‘new normal’.
Ok, so like I said, overall this transition has been positive and in no way do we regret it. The challenges thus far have been nothing we can’t handle and are mostly out of our control. (I’ll get to those in a sec, first we’ll chat about the positive things!)
RV LIVING: THE REAL DEAL
We majorly downsized before we moved in and surprisingly… have continued to do so. A few weeks ago we were able to throw away two more trash bags full of junk! I couldn’t believe it. We’ve taken even more clothes to Goodwill and the whole process has made us grossly aware of just how mindless we had become as consumers. Simply owning (or in most people’s cases ‘storing’ because really, what do you actually use on a daily basis?) less material possessions has vastly reduced my anxiety and have also made us actually USE the things we DO still own.
It’s a big switch in mindset, but if I wear the exact same outfit twice in one week…absolutely no one notices! Building intentional wardrobes is something we’re both still working on. We’re slowly replacing the crappy things we have with newer, higher-quality things.
Designating a mini-home for everything has been probably the second biggest thing challenge we’ve focused on. We’ve added some additional shelving and storage solutions within cabinets to store smaller items. Our custom bay window has been clutch for keeping a variety of things accessible without being visible and adds a good amount of seating. I love writing or drinking my morning coffee curled up in the corner!
Some useful additions we made in this custom storage:
- We added hooks inside the door for dog leashes
- A shoe rack that we use as shelving to store our printer and other ugly nicknacks (cleaning supplies, my paint etc.)
- The dock for our iRoomba. (The most useful thing in this trailer!)
It contains everything we want to keep out of sight, but not out of mind. 95% of everything in there we use daily. The other side has a set of drawers from Ikea for all my art and print shop supplies. Working from home has definitely had it’s challenges. Especially on staying organized and tidying up at the end of the work day. As an artist this can be incredibly difficult, but since we knew I’d be working from home, designing a custom storage solution was the best choice we could have made.
For about a month we didn’t have time to go get our couch from Ikea, so we lacked a space to really just chill out and relax. We now have our couch and it is THE BEST. There is ample storage under the chaise and it can fit all four of us easily. It pulls out into a queen bed so we can also sleep a few extras if anyone decides to come visit. The dogs love it the most.
We did face one major hurdle when all the storms came through Texas during Halloween weekend. The park we were planning on moving to completely flooded and they had to shut down, the day before our scheduled move. Our current place didn’t have any more spots, but the same day someone cancelled their reservation and we got to stay! Our issues with finding a good place to park have made it very apparently how desperately Austin needs some more higher-end RV resorts around town. It was a little stressful there for a second, but it all worked out!
Telling people our living situation always guarantees a ton of questions, odd looks and confused faces. It makes us laugh, but we love telling people because it opens up a dialogue and allows us to question what we consider ‘normal’. People judge us, criticize us and mock us…and that’s ok because it’s our life not theirs. We are experiencing first hand the positive changes that are happening from our ‘new normal’. It’s not forever, it’s an experience and a way to accomplish all the goals we have. In the coming weeks, I’ll be adding a tiny living/trailer FAQ’s section to the blog and updating the Duke pages to be more current and accurate. Stay tuned! In the meantime, join me on Instagram and on Snapchat (LaurenJadeAtx) for even more peeks into the trailer!