I can’t believe it’s coming up on one month living in the trailer! Time is really difficult to get a grasp on currently. I feel like we just started talking about wanting to travel, downsize and figure out what truly makes us happy. And here we are as I prepare to give you a tiny living update! I had a request recently from a reader asking that I be sure to not ‘sugarcoat’ anything. And this post is the un-sugarcoated, real deal. To be honest, between the two of us, we’ve barely spent that much time together in the trailer! So I’m sure next month this post may be entirely different. I have been traveling non-stop and Jason has been super busy with work. So let’s just get down to it shall we?
| THE GOOD |
Less Stressed– We already have extra cash each month now that our rent is a 1/4th of what it used to be. It frees up so much of our budget to pay down debt, add to savings and generally just start doing things we enjoy.
It’s Calm and Peaceful– I love waking up every morning in our beautiful, clean and tranquil trailer as opposed to our often loud, busy apartment. Seriously every apartment we lived in, noisy, dirty neighbors seemed to follow (and I can’t be the only one this happens to!). I am absolutely in love with how we decorated. The white walls are so invigorating and the modern aesthetic just makes me happy.
It’s Quiet– We chose a really quiet, beautiful RV park to set up shop for now so it’s really nice not having neighbors yelling or banging on the ceiling. Ironically, I felt like in all our apartments we were just cramped and stacked on top of each other even though our square footage was more. Being in here with so many windows and no one around us is so much more personal and relaxing.
The Grill- This one is weird. But I love the smell of BBQ and I love having my food grilled. It’s so freakin’ nice to just hop outside, put some tunes on the trailer’s outdoor speakers and grill up dinner every night. I know for people who live in houses your like, so what? But for apartment/loft dwellers it’s a big deal, most apartments strictly forbid grills on patios for obvious reasons. And I love cooking/dining alfresco, so it’s a total bonus to me.
Saving Money- Back to that saving money thing, it’s SO nice to not be throwing money away in rent every month!
Mobility- The freedom of not being tied into a year long lease somewhere is the best feeling. I used to always have anxiety after signing an apartment lease. Every apartment we’ve lived in to date there has ended up being issues. If we don’t like where we’re living, we can just pack up and move! I love that we can now make wherever home! How cool is that?!
Little Luxuries- Since we are saving money in so many different ways, we’re able to indulge more in little luxuries that we love. We put a lot into the remodel to make it comfortable and home-y because we knew that’s what would make us happy. Our goal was to simplify and put less stock into material possessions. This allows us to travel more, go out with friends more often and have more balance in our lives.
Our Cozy Bedroom Nook- I’m just obsessed with our little bedroom nook. We put the least amount of time into it and it just turned out great. Eventually we’ll probably add a headboard and some art to give it some life, but for now it’s exactly what we need.
I had to share these gems. They’re like the senior portraits I never got to take. Just way too good to not share with on the inter-webs. That sweet doggie face was made for the blog-osphere. I love that our dogs are totally comfortable in the trailer.
| THE BAD-ISH |
Lack of Countertop Space- This really isn’t too bad and will get better once we buy a cover/cutting board for the stovetop. It only gets a little tight when we’re both trying to prep food. On the flip/plus side, it makes cleaning the kitchen a breeze!This is my, ‘wtf were we thinking‘ look. Haha! Just kidding, this is actually just my, ‘I can’t believe all my clothes now fit in this tiny closet‘ look.
Lack of Storage- I wish we had the time to completely remodel the kitchen, but it just wasn’t in the stars. We would have created a much more functional space with more functional storage. Overall, it’s been a little difficult to adjust to the more traditional storage solutions, but we are quickly learning. And of course, our closet space is almost non-existent, but I oddly love it. It’s made me be much more picky and intentional when it comes to purchasing.
Trailer Shakes- This is pretty noticeable when one of us is in the living room and the other is in the bedroom. Or if Slater decides to prance around. You definitely feel it. We’re investing in some pop-out stabilizers that will hopefully help minimize it. Only when I’m trying to paint is it really annoying.
Tripping the Breaker- I think it’s a great thing that we are forced to be more conscious of power consumption. With that said, I trip the breaker all the time. Grrhh.
We’re Both Tall- So being tall isn’t the issue…I love being tall, but since our trailer is only 7 ft. tall, everything seems to be installed/designed for more ‘average height’ people. Things are stored at a lower height and so the first few weeks I would unnecessarily hunch over subconsciously and it made my back hurt a bit. But I’ve adjusted and now it doesn’t bother me at all.
| THE POOPY |
The Smells– Ok, icky ick. We are both very clean people. I may be messy at times, but I hate dirty and stinky. But weird stinks and smells are just part of trailer living. I mean, real talk, we hold all of our excrements underneath the trailer. They’re just hanging out, having a poopy happy hour till we decide it’s time to say good-bye. I’ve also noticed that sometimes the smells start to enter the drains if we haven’t emptied the tanks regularly so we’ve started doing it more. As far as number 2, we definitely have the Poopurri on hand at all time. I also keep a few diffusers and candles around for extra measure.
Emptying the Tanks- So in order to keep those smells in check, we have to empty the holding tanks every few days. We have a black tank and two grey tanks. The black holds the waste and the greys obviously hold the grey water from the shower and sinks. It’s honestly the easiest thing ever and not gross, but it’s just something that you have to remember to do so they don’t fill up.