The struggles are real and funny.
I’ve spent the last six weeks taking cold showers if/when water is available; brushing my teeth in Walmart bathrooms; eating a mostly sandwich diet; and tossing and turning on an uncomfortable foam bed. But as it turns out, I wouldn’t trade it for anything.
Before we hit the road, I was terrified of living in a 140-square-foot tin can. How would I cook? Shower? Sleep? Maintain my sanity in such a teeny space? I knew this would be difficult, especially since I hope to stay married to James after all of this. And living in a tiny home definitely has its challenges. Right now, building a food pantry and making the bed more comfortable are at the top of that list. The struggles are real. But I quickly discovered that the pros don’t just outweigh the cons, they actually contribute to the experience.
Living in a smaller space with less stuff has been freeing. There are fewer things for me to lose and dishes to clean so my stress level is already plummeting. Instead of being frustrated at a busted hot water handle, I find myself laughing repeatedly (sometimes hysterically) every time I twist the pliers that turn on our shower or giggling out loud when the icy water hits my back. The curtain that gives us “privacy” in the bathroom has become a running joke. Finding unused space anywhere in the camper warrants a celebration worthy of fireworks and a slow motion clap.
The tin can is also bringing James and I closer, literally. We’re spending more time together in a much tighter space and I’m having a ball. I guess what I’m saying is, we’re laughing a lot and having way too much fun for no good reason.
For now, we’re reveling in the temporary comforts of home like sleeping on a traditional mattress and long hot showers that don’t require pliers. But I’m looking forward to getting back on the road and discovering more of the nuances that come with our minimalist lifestyle.
Think you could live in a tiny home? What comforts of home would be the hardest for you to give up? Tell me in the comments below. I’d love to hear from you.