As we venture into the second to last full week in our home before jumping on our bus I am beginning to feel the squeeze. It has been, and continues to be, a juggle in trying to maintain normality for the kids in a house which is gradually being depleted of its belongings, allowing viewing for renting our home out, prioritizing what goes for good, what goes on the bus or gets stored and getting all those little jobs (you know the ones that always get put off) completed in the bus and around the house.
In so many ways it is lovely having less around to clean, tidy or wade through and yet in someways I am feeling a sense of loss at the way life used to be …. with lots of reminders of our life surrounding us at every turn. There are things that we will hold onto and store, then there are of course those things that we are not attached to at all which are easy to let go of …. for the rest of our possessions they need to give evidence as to their usefulness in our upcoming bus-life or worthiness of being stored. Everything is being prioritized at this point in time and put into rank.
We have sold up everything (except for 10 tea-chest sized boxes) and moved twice before this so we didn’t have a house full of clutter by any means. It is amazing though how much sneaks into a home, even when you think you are doing a pretty good job at keeping it out. ‘Have house, will fill’ seems to be human’s subconscious manifesto! Most of our belongings were those that had made the final cut before and thankfully we do have a place to store some of the important things that we know we want to keep but don’t need on the bus. For the rest …… well the next two weeks will tell 🙂
Hope this finds you enjoying the things that matter and letting go of the rest.
Yes … it is time for a change here. For those of you who aren’t closer by I thought I would update you on the changes afoot for myself and the family. You see 3 weeks ago we got a house bus and our plan is to hit the road in it come Christmas this year!! It is super exciting and a dream that has been many years in the making however the reality is starting to hit home as I have to sort, de-clutter and prioritize what will come with us.
Our new home
On the whole we don’t have that much stuff but when your kitchen space is suddenly about a quarter (maybe even less) of what you have then things start to get interesting. As I open my kitchen cupboards and begin the process of deciding what comes, what is stored and what is given away I realize just how much sits there waiting for an occasional use. Three sizes of cake tins, two loaf tins, three different kind of muffin tins …. now it will be down to one of each. Do I sell things which haven’t really been used yet …. like that Tupperware thing that looked so good at the party??!! ….. do I start using them or do I just store it to deal with later?
No more of this stockpile … Not even sure I’ll get my flour jars on.
Even our shopping habits are going to have to change with our limited cupboard space on the bus. At the moment we do one weekly shop and a monthly bulk co-op order however I can already see that this will have to be converted to a few little shops in the week. We just don’t have the space to stockpile or have things just in case any more. Our cooking and baking will also all have to be adapted to a tiny space and while I’m welcoming the challenge I’m also aware that there are things I haven’t even considered yet. Things that I’m sure will come to bite me in the you know where once we start the shift from house to bus.
My new kitchen!! There is a fridge/freezer opposite and a few other little cupboards to the side but pretty much this is it.
So please excuse me if the blog is a little late or non-existent in the next few weeks/months as it will be due to our focus on sorting and using up the stockpile of food, which I doubt will be that exciting to share, rather than baking up a storm and trying new recipes. Soon enough though I’m sure I’ll be in the swing of things and bringing your recipes from on the road 🙂
I’ll keep you posted and until next time, I hope this finds you healthy, happy and full of the joys of life.