Slowly, slowly we are getting things set up to make ourselves a bit more comfortable around here, but these first few days have included QUITE a learning curve in some aspects. Here are some of the things we’ve had to figure out right off the bat.
1. Bus living is NOT cost effective in the short term.
We have been throwing money at all sorts of problems that have cropped up as well as long-term solutions to things (like being off the grid) that we will eventually be able to use for our future home.
From water leaks to solar panels, we are not reaping any immediate benefits of being rent-free as far as our checking account is concerned. Hopefully, though, all the big ticket items are taken care of now so we can start seeing some real savings.
Another money-suck? Eating out! With no fridge or stove (YET) we have been eating a lot of take-out. I would love to hear some ideas for cookless meals besides sandwiches. We are about sandwiched out.
2. Bus living is NOT for the OCD among us.
We plan on building a makeshift covered patio at some point, but for now, even with a no-shoes-in-the-bus rule there is an acre and a half’s worth of dirt being tracked in daily. This was one room after one day AFTER I had already swept with a broom:
Let me just say that I am SO thankful that we took the carpet out. Just… yes.
3. Bus living requires some creative solutions.
Especially because we are living in a double-decker. Getting up and down the ladder becomes a chore (and a workout) in and of itself. I was very grateful when Noah installed this the other day:
It’s a rope on a pulley with a giant hook on the end! I’ve since attached a (bright purple) bucket and now we can get clothes and books and toys up and down with ease. I’m still trying to figure out if there’s a safe way to use it to carry Finn, because THAT would be sweet.
4. Bus dwellers really, really need to be organized.
I thought I knew this one already, but I am now experiencing it first hand and it’s taken on a whole new meaning. Because the space we are in is so small, even the slightest thing out of place makes everything look messy. Not to mention that you really don’t want to go up and down a ladder several times looking for various articles of your wardrobe.
This is eventually going to become some sort of (very organized) laundry system. It has yet to be perfected, but I’ll keep you posted.
5. Being outside is good for the soul.
When they’re not in their room playing, the kids have been outside. With no TV or computer or anything else at all to distract them, they simply play all. day. long. (This accounts for most of the dirt being tracked in to the house).
Lily can point out Orion now, they’ve gotten to hold a gopher snake, and they “hike” up the sides of the graded pad that we eventually plan to build on. Best of all, they fall right to sleep at night out of sheer exhaustion. It’s a beautiful thing.
We are even eating outside. This is our current fridge and dining room.
I’m sure we have many more lessons up ahead of us on this journey, and I hope we can learn them gracefully (not while growling in frustration while looking for a lost set of keys. Ahem.)
Up next, I’ll be sharing a little more about what our daily life looks like so far – the good, the bad and the ugly – and you all have to promise not to judge us if not every picture is Pinterest-worthy, okay? I’m going to hold you to it, friends.
How would you picture bus-dwelling to be for your family? Anything like this?