Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Could you live in an airstream without any closets?

Way back when we were fighting foreclosure we fantasized about selling everything and moving into an Airstream. I even blogged about it (here).

I figured if we're downsizing, let's really downsize. And why not be mobile too. Travel the U.S. Do something bold that we'd never do otherwise.

Having packed up our belongings and moved several times now since then...

L.A. to Chicago (July 2009)
Chicago to Friday Harbor, WA (October 2009)
Friday Harbor, WA back to Chicago (August 2010)

...I can say we still have way more stuff than would ever fit in an Airstream trailer.

To live in an airstream, it would seem, would require either a large storage locker or a monk-like dedication to minimalism. I just don't think it's for me. However, I still wonder.

And then I come across articles like this one from Sunset Magazine about a landscape architect who turned a vintage Airstream trailer into a stylish home and I'm convinced it's not for us. Perhaps as a single person I could have made this work. But for a family of 4 (yes, I'm including the Pug) it would be a recipe for daily Jerry Springer episodes come to life.

Don't get me wrong. We love being together. All. The. Time. For real. But there's a difference between being together and living on top of each other.

Seriously, click the link to see the slideshow of his trailer. Stylish, yes. Tiny, indeed. So tiny. I admire the person who requires such a small space and who has such dedication to minimalism. But spaces that small, I'm convinced, were not made for a marriage. And a baby. Except for the weekend getaway. Yes. That I could do.

What about you? Could you do it?
Could you live and be happy in a stylish Airstream trailer?

If not now, was there ever a time you could have?

Related link:

-Blogger Adam Baker of Man Vs. Debt has taken his family on the road in a big ol' RV for 2010. You can live vicariously through them here.

-I can't get enough of these Airstream photos from in their Retro RV Photography slideshow. They're my kind of eye candy. Here's one example:
(Photo of Retro RV Photography (Via: lenleerepresents, thebostonegotist)

(Photo at top of post is from Sunset Magazine)


brittany said...

How funny... along our journey this last year... part of it was spent traveling in our 35ft travel trailer...with our two dogs.. and new baby...haha from Oklahoma to Missouri, An 1800 acre Cattle/sheep ranch in South Dakota and state parks in Ohio and Idaho in between... what a story :) I'll tell ya... THERES NEVER ENOUGH ROOM!! :) haha and I truly adore my husband...and children...and dogs... but I don't adore us all sandwiched together!! I laugh at all our similarities... your husbands post on family... how you moved back to Chicago, had me in tears. Our life has changed so many times, in the course of 1 phone call...I completely understood all of that. And the yearn to go "home" to whats familiar especially since having the new baby...missing the family back there, etc...Can't wait to read more... off to change & feed babies and do the dishes, ughhhh my least favorite chore!! But I am grateful, we just had 4,000 gallons of water delivered to our catchment tank-so no excuses! Certainly then I should be allowed a few more minutes of reading?? :) ::grins::

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