Tuesday, 28 August 2012

The Home on Wheels

We have arrived home in New Zealand and as soon as we arrived in the airport we had two problems to solve...
  • Transport (a way to get from here to there)
  • A house, somewhere to sleep and eat and live!

So we've hired an RV ;)

Now our home is mobile and we are free to go wherever we want - and spend the night there!

Having your home be a RV has been (as I had imagined) difficult at times, the bedtime routine for the kids is now, bath time, books, brush teeth, uninstall carseats or dining room table and fold out/re assemble bed to sleep in, then make bed and finally time to go to bed, ugh!

Also I miss having a washing machine.

But the upsides are obvious, you get to come and go from places as you please.
And our RV does provide all the necessary bits and pieces, stove to cook on, Fridge, shower/toilet, bedding etc

And the unexpected quirky "up"s I have found are:

I really like sleeping in a queen size bunk bed.

I like having a change of clothes for me and the kids travel with me everywhere I go (in fact all my changes of clothes are always with me lol)

When you go grocery shopping you get to unload your groceries from the supermarket trolley in the supermarket parking lot, straight into your home fridge.

And you can get drive through takeaways, never leave the car park and still eat at your dining room table.

hmmmm, where to next?...

Thursday, 2 August 2012

The Single Serving Home

So we're officially homeless!

We're in a world of temporary in-between homes with no idea where we'll end up living.

Not counting airports and airplanes, a non-descript hotel room in the American Southwest is our newest temporary home.

I recently watched a great documentary, "Tiny Homes." It's about people who choose to live in 1000 square feet homes. Living in well organised small spaces. For a while now I've been thinking about "life editing", quality-over-quantity. The stress of getting rid of so much excess stuff when we left Canada has made me conscious of all the things I will choose to bring into my next home.

What do I really need in a home? Somewhere to sleep, a bathroom, somewhere to make food, relax and play.

Of course its notable to me that accommodating two kids and an Indie Game developer husband who needs an office space/man-cave, may make living small a bit more difficult. 

Still, living in this hotel room of just two separate spaces, one room for eating/sleeping/relaxing/playing and just one other small bathroom has been... uncomplicated...

                                                                   ...and it does have its perks!