This photo was taken with a Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema 4K Camcorder
I dreamed about living in an old camper briefly when I was younger, but I never thought I actually would. All of this was actually last minute, and completely unplanned... Let’s dig in!
"I had no idea that I would be living in it a few weeks later."
When I came across this dream boat for sale online, I had no idea that I would be living in it a few weeks later. I had always wanted one of these to rodeo in, and it had everything that I needed in it (shower, sink, AC) for just $2000- although I thought that it could use some help.
Unrelated to the purchase of my camper, at the time, I wanted to get out of my rental- and renting in general. I had quickly found acreage, and began the buying process. I had decided that I needed to leave my current living situation ASAP, so I put what I didn’t sell in storage, and prepared to live in my camper before closing on the land. My idea was to stay in it for 2 or 3 weeks, before beginning the build on a tiny (16’ x 20’) barn conversion.
"I went against my gut and took what ended up being bad advice from my banker"
Long story short, I went against my gut and took what ended up being bad advice from my banker, and three weeks into my camper venture I found out that the land had been purchased by a different person.
It’s a little disappointing, but we were in the first stages of quarantine, and I was also focused on finishing the renovation of my camper in order to improve my current living situation. Yes, it wasn’t even finished when I officially moved in!!! I had to get going and be out of my house before I was able to complete my work! That being said- this first couple of weeks were super tough!
"Although I had no running water, no fridge, and no heat, and at the time the world had just shut down - I was well taken care of, and it taught me to be grateful for when I have access to my basic needs."
There are estimated to be 100 million people all over the world without even the luxury of a roof over their heads, and 1.6 billion people that lack adequate housing (habitat.org). Over the last couple of years, I’ve really questioned wealth accumulation and my own contribution to the wealth disparity. In what ways can we spend more of our time and resources to help others that are living in poverty?
"I didn’t feel like the initial renovation I did inspired who I wanted to be."
Once I eventually got things rolling, I decided to commit to camper life. Finally it was more livable, but I didn’t feel like the initial renovation I did inspired who I wanted to be. Since I was now going to be living in it long term, I ended up remodeling again- this time according to the house plans I had for my tiny home! :) I wanted to make the most out of my situation, and live in the moment. Life goes on, and normally when life doesn’t go as we plan it, we are steered to where we will serve a greater purpose. Living in such a tiny space has taught me how to be more intentional, adaptable, resourceful, humble, and patient. There are challenges that come with every good thing, but they can transform your life through growth and perspective.
OK - so below, I'm going to show you everything!
I found this MCM dresser from Target at Dirt Cheap. It's screwed to the wall, and I also have to take the mirror off of the wall when I travel. There are hooks screwed into the wood for tow straps and bungee cord, that I use to secure my fridge and microwave. In my opinion, this fridge is the perfect size for one person!
The sink is only 10" across, which makes it difficult to wash dishes (so I don't have many), and I redid the surface with peel and stick tiles bought from online.
I was spray painting my cabinets, and got a little carried away - causing the paint to drip. I made it a "thing" and really ended up liking how they turned out!
I used shoe strings and eyelet hooks to secure my hats to the ceiling. Yes, it can be difficult living in a tight place with two dogs... Somehow, we make it work! 🤷🏾♀️
This was the biggest adjustment, because I have to manually fill my water tank every 2 or 3 days, and I have to also dump my toilet about once a week. The basket is where I put my dirty laundry. So when I shower, I just set the toilet outside, and move it back in when I am finished. The good thing is that my water gets really hot super quick, and there's a vent above to let out the steam. If my tank is full, I can still take long showers when I want to, every once in a while.
I've found that folding clothes and stacking them vertically vs. horizontally saves a lot more space!
So if you’ve ever wandered how I got here- I hope this explains it! And thank you for checking in. I should be going more into more detail about all aspects of this lifestyle in future blogs :). If you have any questions, just drop a comment below!