How to Almost Live in a Bus Part 1

posted by: Sarah Springfield

If you ever find yourself on the cusp of moving out of the (soon to seem expansive) 900-some-odd square foot rental home that your family of five has been residing comfortably in for the past 3 years and 10 months and into the 1970 International converted double-decker school bus that is currently parked in your driveway the first thing you MAY want to do is panic.

When you first open the envelope from the  property management company that looks to your naive eyes like it might only contain a slight rent increase or a warning to move the 1970 International converted double-decker school bus that is currently parked in your     `driveway and find instead a 60-day notice to quit the premises your human instincts will urge you in one of two directions: fight or flight.

This is only natural.

However, after texting your husband the news, along with a few well-chosen curse words that do not bear to be repeated, and taking a couple of deep breaths to calm your shaking nerves and slow your heart rate down below the speed of a morse-encoded telegram, you will both realize something: perhaps the 1970 International converted double-decker school bus that is currently parked in your driveway was NOT the most foolish Craigslist purchase you guys have ever made; maybe it will be the key to unlocking your wildest dreams and aspirations.

At the very least, it will make a good story for the grandkids.

Once you have moved past the initial stages (fear, denial, grief) and have begun to look at the situation somewhat rationally, you will begin to see that, if you squint and cock your head a little, there is a possibility that everything might actually work out really, really well.

So, you begin to plan. You make lists of the work that needs to be done to make the bus liveable after sitting for almost a decade (a LOT of cleaning/repairing), to repair the minor damages that you and your three children have done to the rental (a hole in the wall here, a tear in the screen door there), the supplies that need to be purchased (paint, flooring, 1970 International bus radiator), the notifications that need to be made (once you figure out how to get mail sent to a bus in the middle of vacant land), and the questions that need to be asked (how do you furnish a school bus when a couch won’t fit through the doors?).

And thus the journey begins before it even begins.

Don’t miss Part 2 where we’ll guide you step-by-step through the important decisions that need to be made as you try to prepare for something you’ve never done before and have absolutely no clue about what to expect. It promises to be both informative AND entertaining.

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5 thoughts on “How to Almost Live in a Bus Part 1

  1. Your blog is hysterical. I’m going to really enjoy reading about your life in the bus. Back in the 50’s, my great aunt and uncle and 4 kids lived in a garage that was about 18′ x 18′. The family farmhouse had burned to the ground and they didn’t have much to start with, so into the garage the moved. It had a potbelly stove (this is rural Michigan, 0 degree days in Jan the norm) and they divided it into 4 rooms. Some of the “kitchen” cupboards and the wallpaper and border is still up.

    I would love to have the opportunity to do what you are doing. I lived in a Marriott hotel room for a year in the U.K. for work, racking up as much overtime as I could, so that I could buy a house when I returned to the States.

    When times get tough, just think of the house you will have and it will all be worth it.

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