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Old 12-09-2015, 01:51 PM
 
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My house is 720 sf, but a good quarter of it is storage of things I haven't got to in my remodel/decorate plan. In essense, I live in the living room, and sleep in the bedroom, seldom go in otherwise. The kitchen is large but unorganized and I'm trying to figure out how to help that. Eventually the other room will be a sitting room/guest room. Most of the stuff there stays.

I used it for the computer for a while, but I was too isolated and corner of the living room now fills that function. If the house was smaller and lacked that room I could do fine.

I find that now its just me and the four legged kids, I'm not interested in impressing anyone and much more interested in making it comfortable for me. No matter how it looks, my craft corner will look however it looks. I have about three projects ongoing with their stuff packed into the area. And more planned, of course.

My one dog is big and tall shepard mix, so I'm not sure a travel trailer would work out though. Half of him in random brown dog, the other half king size shepard, and he's wonderful but very good at taking up space.
yes - I spend most of my time in my bedroom - lots of windows and very bright. I use the kitchen and laundry area and bathroom of course, but that is about it.
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Old 12-09-2015, 04:38 PM
 
Location: too far from the sea
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We only have a little popup camper but we'll stay in it when we're in Maine during hot summer weather. And the thing is, you're not inside it except when you're sleeping or cooking or maybe just using your computer. Everybody lives outdoors--that's part of the point of going somewhere with a pleasant climate (Maine is very pleasant in summer.)

We just take a few folding chairs and sit outside and read or play on the computers. Go for walks, swim in the pool, talk to other people.

I, for one, dislike great big houses and like cozy little places--I could easily live in a camper in good weather (not our little popup but something a tad bigger.)
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Old 12-18-2015, 01:25 PM
 
Location: In a vehicle.
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Here I go again. (Reviving a thread in which the last post is over eight years old). It seems to me the discussion is still pertinent. We talk about down-sizing our housing as part of retirement, but how much space is the minimum required for comfort in your case? I would not be happy living in a 300 sq. ft. travel trailer for longer than a couple of weeks, if that. I suppose it has to do with one's sense of claustrophobia, or lack thereof. Or perhaps the hatred of the cold and snow and ice trumps the desire for a bit more room, especially when financial resources are limited?

Well, frankly I was reading the group and thanks to you, found this thread.

Right now, live in a van and plan to get a larger one in a couple years. I'd HATE the thought of having to worry about rent for a small place, if I own the van, then the "Rent" was long ago paid for.

Since I have been living in this van for 3 years, I guess the claustrophobia is not one of my problems...But then again, I am either at work, or the community center (I'll trade work for the animal shelter in a heartbeat) and don't spend too much time in it.

My main concern would be maintaining my health long enough to die IN my van and not in some 'Facility" unless it's a hospital and I have little chance of walking out....

There's quite a few people (Called Vandwellers) who have deep pockets and some who....don't. But that's a matter of another nature. I feel bad for those who are 60+ and struggle each day with the choice of when to eat, as it may be the only meal they get....

I have looked at what I'll get for SS ($759) and ATM I (Minus bills for repairs and such) make about $1200 (Deli clerk) so after the bills (Car repair and bank cc) are paid I'll be saving about $500 monthly and still enjoying life.

When I do retire (As I said) it's the animals I'll work with. If not possible (Due to location) I'll then look for a senior center so I can sit with other old guys and complain about stuff...Nah...Will look for something to enjoy, not just wait to die.

I may even (If gas stays low for years to come Ya right) maybe take a few trips south for the winter and see some places I'd always thought of seeing.....But again, that's to be determined....

But again, thanks for reviving this thread....Keeps the discussion going....
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Old 12-18-2015, 04:32 PM
 
Location: Cushing OK
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IMO the keywords are "travel trailer" not 300 sf.
My grand niece and her SO are currently traveling the US in their home, a less-than-300sf trailer. Their home is really the USA, nary a trace of claustrophobia.
DH & I last year spent a week in a 700 sf house and it had everything we could have wanted and more, it's not at all hard to imagine living in a space half that size. But we wouldn't want to pull it behind our Subaru, we'd want it permanently anchored in a great locale.
My house is 720, and a quarter of it is a room with power issues which has a lot of stuff in it. It's become a storage room, but since my heater doesn't heat it and the AC doesn't effect it that works fine for now. Most of it is furnature right now. When I get the power fixed to it I'll start redoing it but since I've gotten used to all my art/craft stuff being in the corner of the living room, just the stored bootie will go there.

The kitchen could also easily be half the size, currently totally unplanned out. I built a small island which gets used to do prep over the counter which is 'storage' of stuff since there's no shelves. A refirb is still in the future but smaller and more compact would be the goal, the other side to walk through.

I find I have room for the books I want, the DVD's, and my craft stash. It isn't neat but it works. Neat has never been a big deal with me. Having things where they get used is more important. I love watching the 'tiny home' show. I don't think I could do it quite that small, but never want to have to deal with a lot of house which I have nothing to do with again.

When you consider most of us grew up in houses maybe 700 to 900 sf as kids and everyone survived fine, I don't get the need for many rooms used for nothing but the 'guests' you might have once in a while.

I have a large dog, and a decent sized yard, well fenced, so I don't see how I'd do traveling with them.
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Old 12-18-2015, 04:46 PM
 
Location: Cushing OK
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yes - I spend most of my time in my bedroom - lots of windows and very bright. I use the kitchen and laundry area and bathroom of course, but that is about it.
I found some stacked shelves which hold small things with metal frames for black friday, and got two. I'm still trying to redo the corner where they go with the computer desk and jugling chairs and couch, but they are WONDERFUL. All the small stuff fits AND you can still find it. I have a feeling the 'storage room' once made useable again will still be a storage room. It was always too cold or too hot, and heating and cooling didn't get that far. The good thing is its another bedroom so if maybe someday I need or want a roomate there's space. Not too big on the idea of human housemates though.
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Old 12-18-2015, 04:53 PM
 
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You can revive any thread and someone will respond. Always.
Don't let SC hear you. Just imagine what kind of shenanigans he could get up to on his lunch time!
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Old 12-18-2015, 06:13 PM
 
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They don't live in the trailer, they live out of the trailer. It is a lifestyle. Some folks travel in their rigs, others just "snowbird" in them. You pays your money and takes your choice.
Yes, precisely.

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We only have a little popup camper but we'll stay in it when we're in Maine during hot summer weather. And the thing is, you're not inside it except when you're sleeping or cooking or maybe just using your computer. Everybody lives outdoors--that's part of the point of going somewhere with a pleasant climate (Maine is very pleasant in summer.)

We just take a few folding chairs and sit outside and read or play on the computers. Go for walks, swim in the pool, talk to other people.

I, for one, dislike great big houses and like cozy little places--I could easily live in a camper in good weather (not our little popup but something a tad bigger.)
I love Maine- gorgeous scenery, wonderful shoreline, great weather in the summer.
I grew up in a large old farmhouse which I loved. Now though I prefer small cozy homes. I would much rather have a tiny house and a big yard than the other way around.

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My house is 720, and a quarter of it is a room with power issues which has a lot of stuff in it. It's become a storage room, but since my heater doesn't heat it and the AC doesn't effect it that works fine for now. Most of it is furnature right now. When I get the power fixed to it I'll start redoing it but since I've gotten used to all my art/craft stuff being in the corner of the living room, just the stored bootie will go there.

The kitchen could also easily be half the size, currently totally unplanned out. I built a small island which gets used to do prep over the counter which is 'storage' of stuff since there's no shelves. A refirb is still in the future but smaller and more compact would be the goal, the other side to walk through.

I find I have room for the books I want, the DVD's, and my craft stash. It isn't neat but it works. Neat has never been a big deal with me. Having things where they get used is more important. I love watching the 'tiny home' show. I don't think I could do it quite that small, but never want to have to deal with a lot of house which I have nothing to do with again.

When you consider most of us grew up in houses maybe 700 to 900 sf as kids and everyone survived fine, I don't get the need for many rooms used for nothing but the 'guests' you might have once in a while.

I have a large dog, and a decent sized yard, well fenced, so I don't see how I'd do traveling with them.
My two dogs and I are quite happy in our little 1-1/2 story bungalow. It is 1200 sf all told, but we really only ever use the first floor which is about 900 sf, and could easily go smaller than that down to about 700 sf and be completely comfortable.

IMHO large homes have a lot of wasted space that is either poorly designed or never used. One of the things I love about small spaces is that they are often very space efficient and well laid out. Small yes- my kitchen is a tiny galley kitchen, but that means I only have the things I need, no clutter (hate clutter), and no silly gadgets that I would never use and would just take up space.
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Old 12-18-2015, 10:21 PM
 
Location: Whereever we have our RV parked
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300+ sq. ft. is exactly what we plan on once I retire. Full time RVing. Some estimate that there are over a million people that do this. They don't just go for the winter, but leave AZ and FL and travel around, and that really is the attraction; the option and picking up and moving when you want, exploring the country, meeting tons of interesting people from everywhere, leaving routine and boredom behind etc. MOst of the larger units really have everything your need. IMHO, lots of people have big houses, but use most of the space is used to impress their friends, show off their wealth, or store tons of junk that they rarely use.
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Old 12-19-2015, 05:52 AM
 
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I thought about full or part time RVing but think I'd rather house sit.

Live in a 798sq ft apt for the last 8 yeas. Its ok, a little tight sometimes for stuff. I do also have a storage facility.
Small is fine but I'd want/need storage if living somewhere permanent full time. If your traveling its different I think.
Of course some get a small travel trailer and leave it parked for use in the winter. But again, if you have a house somewhere and just "camp" for a few months of the winter that's doable.

Travelling is a bit different although some full timers have a storage unit or keep their paid off house and stop by to change out stuff as they drive back and forth across the country.
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Old 12-19-2015, 07:22 AM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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I thought about full or part time RVing but think I'd rather house sit.

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S-I-L has been 'house sitting' since arriving in Hawaii in 1980. No apartment / home required (in over 30 yrs)

I do my RV a bit different...fly / drive / guest homes is currently cheaper than my 22 mpg Class C.

I keep rural rentals in nice places, and have a cabin / RV site / apartment for me (Home is rented out ~ $1000/ month POSITIVE cash flow (beats working...)). I really like my Cabin (compared to MH). I can cruise the countryside on my 100 mpg vintage motorcycle <$500) I bought a $1000 minivan for short camping excursions. Has an outdoor shower and a few other handy things. (And I can haull a refrigerator and 4x8 sheets of material for projects. Having a shop is nice too. Build furniture and invent energy saving devices + build WVO cars and bio diesel brewers.

Beautiful sunrise / ~ 20 deer in meadow at the moment. 65F and sunny predicted for today (As I leave my Tex Hill Country home today to head to another one (SW WA)

I rented a camper van for month of January. (In New Zealand) That should be TIGHT! (I'm used to my 'roomy' Rialta http://rialtaheaven.com/ ) I may ship it to Europe. A friend did that and flies back and forth to use it. (for the 5th yr). Buying a river barge in Europe is something I'm looking into (will keep only 2-3 yrs).
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