Yesterday was the one-week-of-living-in-a-camper mark. So, obviously, I’m an expert now. (That, my friends, is sarcasm.) However, I did think it would be fun to share some of my thoughts and insights that I’ve gained so far. Then several months down the road when I actually do know what I’m talking about I can do a comparison post and see how much my more well-informed self agrees with my still-rosy-eyed self.
So far, living in a camper has lived up to every dream I had of such an adventure. I know this has a lot to do with the fact that I’m living on my own, so twenty-six by eight feet is plenty of room for me. And, I have a huge yard that’s boarded by lovely trees, so any time I feel the need for a little more space I can always grab a book and go read in the grass.
Here are some random observations about living in a camper:
- Bright, cheery curtains are a must since they remain closed most of the time and therefore take up a large portion of the walls
- Sparse decor and no clutter makes space feel a lot bigger
- It’s super easy and fast to clean everything
- Which is a good thing because things get messy super duper uber fast
- Seriously, you can go from a clean camper to a wrecked one with a few well-placed messes
- Cooking quantities isn’t easy, but it is doable if you use your imagination
- Don’t put too much hot food in your fridge or else instead of cooling it down the whole fridge warms up #oops
- Have a system down for how to keep things clean and organized
- Buy cute containers for storage if they’re going to be in the open
- Get some plants to brighten the place
On perhaps a more interesting note, let’s talk about water usage for a moment. See, I have plenty of water. I just don’t have a big holding tank for the used water. And, the problem is I actually have no clue how big the holding tank is. So, I’m trying to be exceedingly careful with how much water goes down the drain.
That means I catch as much water as possible in containers I set in the sink and then dump it outside. So, all my hand washing, dishes washing, regular cleaning, teeth-brushing water gets collected and tossed.
For a little insight as to how this works, let’s talk about… Hair washing. It actually kinda amuses me every time I wash it, so here the steps are:
-I heat water up in my electric kettle (I have a hot water tank, but haven’t turned it on to conserve propane)
-I mix the hot water with cold water to get the right temperature in a little plastic tub (that I generally keep in the sink)
-I set the tub on the floor, then kneel down and wash my hair
It’s pretty fun. 😉
And I’ve got to leave for work now, so bye, y’all!