Hi everyone. Please allow me to introduce myself. Everything but my name and other identifying information, that is!
I’m a 40-ish woman from southern California that has made a decision to live in her van instead of in a house or apartment. I guess some people would call this homelessness but it doesn’t seem so to me. I feel living in a car or a van is worlds better than actual homelessness because you have a fairly safe place to sleep and hang out, out of the elements. Almost as importantly you have a place to store your things. A few of them anyway.
Do I NEED to live in a van? No, I guess I don’t. I could go and live with a relative in another state. For reasons of my own though, I want to stay where I am. I CAN’T at this time afford to pay rent anywhere. I started a new small business and I’m not making much money yet. I hope this will change in the future.
The reason I started writing tonight is I am currently cleaning out my old apartment that I used to share with my children so I can move out. Tonite or tomorrow nite will be my last time sleeping here. My (grown now) children helped a lot with getting their things out of here but I can’t believe how much is left to do.
Getting rid of so much stuff (boxes and boxes of it!) reminds me of why van living appeals to me. I will be forced to live simply. I HATE dealing with all these items, I really do. So many unfinished projects. So much wasted money. So many THINGS that seemed so important when we bought them that are now buried under other stuff or covered in dust. I can’t tell you how guilty it makes me feel. And probably 90% of the things I owned were bought used. But still! And I’m not particularly “green”…although I do love the earth of course.
I’ll be working most of the nite on emptying this house…probably part of tomorrow too. Then the (adventure?) yes adventure in van living begins!
Maureen Edit March 17, 2016
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