Sunday, January 20, 2013

The Camper


(Our "roommate," Kaleb)

Ah, the camper.  We're on the hunt to find one that will house us and the dog while we're building the house.  It's actually kind of tricky because we have absolutely no frame of reference for which brands are reputable or which ones say, leak like a sieve.  And what is a decent price and what is a ripoff.  We won't be travelling anywhere in it as we don't plan to keep it after we've moved into the house, but it still needs to be decent enough that we won't worry about putting our feet through the floor boards.  We looked at a bunch yesterday and I'm already overwhelmed!

Living in this thing will definitely be a lesson in learning to live with less, which is something I truly do need to learn.  I am a product of the 21st century, no doubt about it.  I tend to collect things that I shouldn't and it's sometimes hard for me to part with things even though I don't have an immediate need for them.  We'll be keeping most of our things in a storage unit so the camper will house the barest of essentials.  I'm planning to do a giant clean out when we move so that we don't move things to the storage unit, and ultimately the house, that aren't needed.  When I moved back and forth from college, I was really good about doing a clean out every time, but since we've lived in the same place for four years, this hasn't happened on a house-wide scale.

Camper living won't be easy at first and there will definitely be a period of adjustment, but I know in the end it will be really good for us.  I mean, isn't it a part of what this whole endeavor is about?  Creating a better, more healthy space from the inside and out?  Living a sustainable life, keeping only what we truly need and what fulfills us?


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