Yesterday I had a strange thought while considering all of the work that still needs to be done in order to sell our house. We’re planning the big move back to Washington state in the fall and there are so many questions as to where we’ll live. I have always found it fascinating when families sell everything they own to move into something small like a yurt, a ‘tiny house’ or…..a mobile trailer. These Airstreams are amazing because they are timeless classics. They are to campers what the Kitchen Aid is to electric mixers; time tested classics! Sweet, slick and affordable if you buy a vintage. People have gutted these bad boys and revamped them into sweet looking studio apartment-like dwellings.
So I spent a good part of the day researching what it might be like to pack up the family and live on the road with three children. Before you have images of kids running around wild with unkept hair, no pants and koolaid stains around their mouths who answer to names like Bubba and Candy, remember that downsizing is a huge trend right now and a lot of families are realizing they don’t need 5000 sq ft to be happy. In fact it takes a lot of your hard earned money to heat and cool a huge home. A lot of families are also realizing they want to live closer to big or small cities and not always out in the suburbs where you have to drive miles and miles just to get to the grocery store.
I have to admit that the idea of a sweet and upgraded trailer seemed very appealing to me, to the point where I was actually considering what it would mean to move us all into a trailer full time. I was seeing myself homeschooling my kids at our little table in the day time, getting outside most of the afternoon and starting a small little potted garden outside the front step. Then the reality of a rainy Washington day, stuck inside a small trailer with three kids and no where for them to run and jump hit me. A lot of families who pack up their offspring end up parking in sunny states and maybe there is a reason why. Then I wondered what we would take and what we would leave if we did this. Where would my sewing machine go? Could we ever have anyone over for dinner? Dinner???? Could I bring all of my cooking stuff? My Kitchen Aid? Would I own more than two pairs of shoes? So in the end I decided that we would likely live in a small house someday and just invest into some good camping gear.
I’m still dreaming of downsizing. We live in a small 1100 sq ft home and in a lot of ways it’s pretty small (no closet space) but in other ways we have a lot of unused space. We could totally do with less. When we have more room we often collect more stuff. Then we purge the ‘stuff’ only to give it away and then we inevitably collect more. It happens gradually but it creeps up on your subtly and slowly, like a sebaceous cyst. Well, if you ever considered hitting the open road or just parking your home somewhere pleasant for a spell, do chronicle your journey. I’m amazed that there are entire communities who join forums, hold yearly gatherings and blog about their downsized life. I find it fascinating and enticing. Maybe when the kids are grown Matt and I will sell all of our collected mementos and hit the open road. Either that or we’ll be one of those old couples who sit in lawn chairs all day and fluctuate between watering something in a garden and taking a nap….. maybe not!