Well, we've lived in our little trailer for 5 months now. Best thing we could have done !
It is stripped back, just-the-essentials . Life (in the trailer) is easy and straightforward. It has taught us just how little space we need and how few things we actually want. All the things we packed away - even the very sentimental things - have not been missed.
It has been a difficult time in other aspects of our life and this simplicity made it easier to deal with all the other things going on. No matter how bad the day was, we always looked forward to retreating to our little trailer. It seemed like an oasis in a world that was changing too much and filled with too much bad news. And there are even more benefits. Because we are actually LIVING in the trailer we have really thought about what we need for a home. If we had stayed for a shorter period and just during the summer, it might have just been simple camping . But this way, the trailer has to work for us every day for almost a year. It has to be home. I cook dinners, I bake - and, for now, without an oven - so it has been a very interesting learning experience. We have all the comforts of home. We have a place for everything but still room to relax and do what we want to do.
We started this adventure with 5 cats ... and wondered what that would be like. No way could we have litter boxes for five cats lined up in the narrow hallway or sitting in the living room. lol. We joined our space to a woodshed so we could accommodate the litter boxes and feeding area. It worked beautifully. So beautifully , in fact, that we were able to give a home to 3 little kitten siblings. So now we have eight cats and it still works ! :)
Because of all of this, we have revised our home plans several times - each time getting smaller. The experience has shown us how much space we need or don't need . Our expectations have changed. We buy less. We want less. It has been a wonderful experience and I am looking forward to the next 5 months. :)