The End of My Van Living – I’ve found my home

Photo by Mercy from Wikimedia Commons.

Photo by Mercy from Wikimedia Commons.

I think this is it my friends.  I think I am finally moving back into a sticks and bricks home.

It’s supposed to happen next month.  I will rent a room in a condo.  There will be one other roommate (not the owner) and we will share the kitchen, one and a half bathrooms, a sitting room and a tv room.  Oh and there’s a back porch.  The washing machine and dryer are in the garage.  I don’t think I will get to park in the garage.

It’s a very nice place.  I didn’t think my first place after living in my van would be this nice.  It is a furnished place and it’s NICE furniture.  Nothing junky about this place.  I was wondering how I was going to explain having virtually NO furniture when I moved in.  Now I don’t even need to worry about it!

I feel a little weird about my van living experience being almost over.  I feel like I am quitting van living, like a quitter.

All my friends are super happy about it.  Now I can be “normal” and they don’t have to worry about my safety.

BUT as anyone who has been reading here long knows, I don’t hate van living.  It has its drawbacks but I like not paying rent very much!  The van living experience has given me the freedom to start a small business.  I created a job for myself that I actually LIKE.  That’s huge.

I’ve also learned that I can do anything.  I’m strong.

I’ve learned that if you’re quiet, the police probably won’t bother you while you’re sleeping.  I’ve learned who to stay away from. (99% of free-sleepers)

I AM looking forward to more privacy, especially around going to the restroom.  I’m also excited about saving money on food and laundry.

I’m nervous about rent but I guess it kind of works on paper.  We’ll see.

The photo is of A wooden Viking house in Landa (archaeological outdoor museum) near Forsand, Norway

About Maureen, Living in a Van

I'm a free-sleeper living in a van in the prettiest part of the world. I do this partly due to financial circumstances and partly because I love a good adventure.
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7 Responses to The End of My Van Living – I’ve found my home

  1. Ryu says:

    I think the novelty of it will keep you interested…for awhile.

    It’s expensive for just 4 walls and a roof. A room anywhere in the US is going to be 300-500/month. And the tendancy is to fill up that room with junk.

    We shall see. You’re not a house cat anymore. You may find you have more privacy on the streets.

    This isn’t an end. Maybe a brief break. I don’t think its an advancement – that’s where the middle class gets it wrong. A house doesn’t represent safety. There is no safety.

    • Maureen, Living in a Van says:

      My interest is in growing my business right now. It’s so challenging and there’s so much to learn.

      It will be fun decorating my new room but that won’t take long.

      It’s definitely going to be strange being inside more. I’m sure some nights I will take the van down to the beach to sleep. Summer’s around the corner!

  2. lucy says:

    Hi ! Enjoy the moment, whatever the moment is… Tomorrow will be another day. Congratulations for NOW, tomorrow you could change your mind, circumstances could change & you could chose going back to your van. Life is an ever changing phenomenon, it’s not static, is dynamic.

    Best of luck to you, where ever you are.

    Lucy.

  3. Patti says:

    Really excited for you to try this…hope you love it, but I will not think less of you if you don’t. Take care, friend.

  4. Mama Jenn says:

    Congrats!
    You have done SOOO much over the past several years. You got this!
    Will you still do updates, give us a tour of the new place, etc.?

    • Maureen, Living in a Van says:

      Thanks Mama Jenn! I will probably do updates. I don’t know if I will do photos of the new place or not. Maybe?

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