I can clean our house top to bottom, in about 10 minutes. I can also turn it into a complete disaster in the same amount of time. Developing the habit of putting things away as soon as I am done with them is a constantly evolving work in progress, and I am a slow learner. John is even slower. But because we only have 190 square feet, we don’t worry too much. We know that it will only take a brief moment to put everything back in place again.
I never thought I would say this, but I love not having a dishwasher. Doing the dishes now brings me peace, and putting dishes away doesn’t seem like a chore when there are only a few. Plus, my favorite bowl is never stuck in the dishwasher. John likes it because one of his chores in our old house was putting away the dishes. He likes it a lot.
We don’t miss the extra things we had in our life. That would mean more things to put away. We don’t spend time looking for stuff because everything has a place. We choose everything we bring into our home very carefully. We purge and refine constantly, a process that is much more manageable now that we have less. Moving, which used to seem like a stressful and daunting task, is now something we do regularly.
We don’t waste food. Our refrigerator is a good size, not too big, not too small. Our freezer is plenty big because all we need is ice, nuts and the occasional pint of ice cream. Our pantry is small, but we try not to over fill it, but this is often difficult because every new grocery store we walk into is like a candy land for new foods to try. We try to choose the best, or the weirdest, and often, the cheapest, as food is still our most costly expense, even when eating at home as often as we do.
We don’t have a lawn to mow or a giant garden with hours of maintenance. We don’t rake leaves. We do have a portable herb garden that is thriving because we can always put it in the sunniest spot. It’s just enough.
The cats hate travel days in their folding carrier, but they seem to really like exploring all the new views.
At 25 years old, our Airstream is a lot like a VW bus. We definitely did not buy it because it was practical. Our Airstream is a labor of love, with emphasis on the labor part. There are tons of problems that crop up because we roll our aluminum home across bumpy roads or quickly change climates. Luckily, John has gotten great at fixing things. If it’s too hot, we can turn on our air conditioner if we have enough power, but we can also sit outside, or go to the library, which is where I am right now. If it’s cold outside, our heater warms us up in about 5 minutes, but we have to be careful of condensation that collects on the windows and walls and drips down and causes mold. Our mobile life is full of motion, living and breathing in both space and time. It is not our home away from home. It is our home, and I’m happy to share some pictures.