After almost 7 months of living in the driveway of our house while we had it up for sale, we decided to rent out the house instead. After a 6 day mad dash of emptying the house and the garage, we moved the 5th wheel onto some friend’s property. Whew!
I was worried about cluttering up our small space with more things from the house, so each time I brought things in, I filled a box to go back out, either to our storage unit or to the Goodwill. In the end, I would say that we’re not much heavier or more full than we were before, and most of the added weight is food that I had stored in our basement.
What a sense of freedom there is from so much STUFF and the the dreaded “shoulds” that bring so much guilt: I should read this, I should clean this, I should display this, I should use this up, I should keep this. The “mights” are just as bad: I might need this, I might use this, I might want this later. For every thing I packed up and gave away, it felt like I was packing up the shoulds and the mights right along with all the stuff!
There have been some moments of anxiety that have crept in now that we are truly “house-free,” though. What if there’s a repair that has to be made that we can’t do ourselves? Where would we stay? What if it were something that was an emergency, like water pouring in somewhere in the middle of the night? Then I have to stop myself and remember that we’d do the same thing as we would if we were in our house. We have insurance, we’d call someone for help, we would stay with friends or at a motel if we had to take the 5th wheel in for an extended repair. In other words, we’d deal with it!
Our long-term plan is to stay in the 5th wheel for the next two years while my husband goes back to school. And then who knows? In the meantime, we’re finding happiness and contentment where we are.