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Can A Family Of 4 Really Live In A Mobile Home?
For us its a no brainer really.
We used to live in a good sized 3 bedroom house in England; we had tons of space, too much really, and it was a never ending battle to keep it clean and tidy with 2 kids and a full time job. Free time was usually spent cleaning, decorating and mowing the lawn.
Not my idea of fun.
Now we live in a mobile home on the top of a mountain in Germany. Our whole mobile home could fit into the downstairs of our house in England. We can clean it top to bottom in under an hour, we never have to decorate and I can walk from one side to the other in under 5 seconds.
We love it.
When we made the decision to live in a mobile home, we didn’t just downsize our living space, we had to downsize our stuff too. Out went the gadgets that we had spent a fortune on and only used once, out went the toys that had been stuffed under beds and inside cupboards never to be used and out went the clothes that I had been storing for the magical day when I would become a size 10 again (after 2 kids and a passion for pasta its never gonna happen).
When you live in a mobile home it makes you more aware of the stuff that you really need, space is precious, so you only keep or buy stuff that will be used regularly. There is no where to hide all that junk that you are just never going to use. Life is far simpler without all of that material baggage.
We are fortunate that we don’t have to pay to live in a mobile home as it is provided as part of our employment package with Canvas Holidays. So we have saved a small fortune on household bills. If we did have to pay we still would have saved a heap of money as our energy consumption is much lower. We are practically eco warriors now 😉
The kids now share a bedroom, which can be a pain in the arse at times, particularly when they start to argue and annoy each other at bedtime, but generally it works out pretty well. They still have space for their toys, PlayStation and TV and sharing a room has forced them to learn the art of compromise.
Sometimes the lack of space can be frustrating when you want some privacy or quiet time, there isn’t really anywhere to escape to. Hiding out in the bathroom isn’t ideal! Its a small price to pay though for the quality of life we have created and the extra money we have been available to save to fund our travel through winter.
What do you think? Have we convinced you to downsize and embrace life as a hobbit? Or do you think we are crazy?
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