After getting engaged in November of 2014, Henry and I started to think about our future and what we wanted for ourselves. We loved Philadelphia, the city we had spent the last 5 years in, but we didn’t make a choice to be there; we moved out of necessity for work, like so many people do. We wondered what the rest of the US had to offer. We have been privileged enough to travel internationally and wanted to explore our our country with the new bright eyes of a tourist.
The idea stuck and at the end of June we bought a 2006 Honda Odyssey with 117,000 miles on it with plans to take out the back seats and convert it into a mobile living space. My talented father took our ideas and brought them to life, transforming our vehicle into our new home. We officially gave up our lease at the end of July, no longer calling Philly home. Since then we have been in Maryland, DC, Vermont, Maine, Philadelphia, Virginia, North Carolina, and Tennessee.
We left my dad’s house in DC the third week of September and headed out on our grand adventure. After visiting friends in Virginia (read more about that here) for about a week we left the comfort of sleeping in spare bedrooms and headed out in the van. We have now been living out of our van for a three weeks, with only 49 more to go. We hope to visit most of the United States over the next year, living primarily out of our small mobile home.
First things first, we got rid of most of our stuff. After reading the Konmari Method I was even more convinced that all our stuff was just getting in the way. We jumped right in and started thanking our things and sending them out to donation centers. We ended up getting rid of about 90% of our clothes. and loaded most of what was left into our new closet.
We each have 2 plastic containers that are about 12 in x 17 in that house our clothes. Then we have a total of 8 containers that are 14 in x 8in that keep our socks, underwear, belts, towels, first aid kit, headlamps, pillowcases, and other odds and ends. The bottom shelf stores our sleeping bag and water containers.
We have a futon that is made of three pieces of 5 inch thick foam. When extended, the bed is just shy of a full bed. When we aren’t sleeping on it, the bed folds up into a couch, were we drink our morning coffee (Although with such a small living space we spend most of our time outside.)
We have removed the stow-and-go seats and used the space to store a cooler, and two containers that hold our plates, cups, bowls, pots and pans, and food. We also keep our two burner stove back here for cooking.
Let me know your thoughts and any questions!