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Thursday, March 22, 2018

Living Space



It's funny. Back home my lovely wife and I share a fairly good sized house. It was the right size when we were raising three daughters. Now, it seems a bit excessive. It's kinda a relief that my niece will be moving in with us when we get back. The house won't seem so empty. There are times when I think I just have all those rooms so I can keep my books in them.

For a few months now my lovely wife and I have been living in a converted ambulance. It's basically just a bed on wheels. I'm got a bit more space by using my old cooler as a seat. There is enough room for our basic needs. Living on our last sailboat was similar to living in the van. We've been blessed with a lot of good weather, so a lot of our living is done outside.

When my lovely wife and I first got together, we did a lot of backpacking. Everything since has seemed like an upgrade. Even canoe camping seemed posh, as we brought bigger tents and extras like folding chairs. Car camping was another upgrade. You could drive right up to your campsite. Luxury. In fact, even though we've got this perfectly comfortable camper van, we still occasionally tent camp.

I understand the tiny house movement. There's something to be said for having just enough space to meet your needs and no more. As some point we don't own things; things own us. If we were building a place to live in now we'd probably live in a 20 foot diameter yurt. That's big enough to do everything that needs to be done.

Of course, you've really got to love the person you are with to be able to live so close.

-Sixbears


15 comments:

  1. Not only love them, but like them too !

    Speaking of loved ones...the wife was driving home from work yesterday, when the drivers lower ball joint failed on her Tacoma. Fortunately, she was only going 15mph at the time !!

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    1. Scary! Glad she's Okay.

      Yeah, you need "like" too, not just "love."

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  2. So true. Many I know live in homes so large, they spend half their life paying them off, then selling it when they discover with the kids gone, the house is too much to care for anyway. A lot of people in the 90's fell for this, and lost their homes when property values fell down and they became upside down. They couldn't sell them even when they had to, so just mailed in the keys and walked away. Ouch.

    The two of you were pretty sensible seeing this early on.

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    1. While my house seems large to me, it's nothing like those Mcmansions from the 90s.

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  3. I figure a 500 square foot house, with a 3000 square foot garage/work shop would be just about ideal.

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    1. I was just telling my DH the same thing. We downsized to a borderline tiny house, but our outbuildings are multiplying.

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    2. I know a guy and his girlfriend who have a huge woodshop, but live in a VW campervan.

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  4. The more space you have the more stuff you fill it with until you need more space and the vicious cycle starts all over again.

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    1. Next thing you know you are renting storage units for things you don't need or want.

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  5. We moved four years ago and downsized. We got rid of a lot of stuff. My son has a moving company in Dallas and he told me that people have lots and lots of "stuff." I got rid of truck loads and then he moved us. Now we have even more stuff here than what we left behind in Texas. lol

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    1. Even in the van, we keep throwing stuff away and giving things to people. Even in this limited space, junk piles up.

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  6. You and your lovely wife are very disciplined to live in such a small area. It really helps to be in agreement about it.

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    1. If you want to know if you can live on a boat or in a van, move into your bathroom with your spouse for a few weeks. :)

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