This weekend, we got to Denver (and I’m in love). But the part that you’re going to care about is that I finally got myself together and took photos of our camper before it dissolved into chaos.
Here’s the thing about living in a ~150 sq ft camper—it’s easy to clean…but it gets dirty FAST. And to deal with it, for the first time in our marriage (and in my life), we have a cleaning schedule. Next thing you know we’ll be Marie Kondo-ing the place.
For context, we usually travel on Sundays, and when we arrive at our new campsite, we spend ~3 hours deep cleaning the place. We take out most of the furniture, sweep the floors, use the swiffer to push stuff around the floor and feel better about ourselves, clean the countertops, and stuff all our junk under the bed. The next morning while it’s still clean, I’m working and can’t take pics. By Wednesday, there’s visible dog fur in the corners, outerwear hanging from all the cabinets, and cords everywhere—and by Saturday, it looks like we’ve been living in here with our grandparents for a year. Hence the cleaning schedule. ;P
I don’t know why I’m sharing, except to give you a disclaimer—camper life is as clean and peaceful as these photos make it out to be about 10% of the time. 🙂
On to the before and after!
The bummer here is that I’m a loser and I was bogged down in work and I never took good before photos of the camper. However! I was able to find our exact camper (in a slightly different but equally tacky edition) for sale online, complete with photos. So you can get a sense of where we started.
And while there ARE during photos, they’re iPhone pics, so you’ll have to bear with me on quality. I’m new to this whole blogging your whole life thing.
Okay, here goes.
A quick plug before we dive in: I’m not going to say we’re SELLING this thing, but if you wanted to buy it…I’d talk to you about it. 😛 It’s way less expensive than an Airstream. 😉
Here’s approximately what our camper looked like when we rolled it into our driveway. All these pics are from Midway RV Center—and we found our actual RV through a similar site, so I recommend perusing.
Here’s the actual couch that came in our camper, so you can get a sense of the particular brand of tacky decor we were working with. It’s gold faux silk. How is there a market for these???
Selling the car, etc., in our garage sale!
This is around the halfway point of reno. Shorty was SUPER annoyed with me during this stage because all I did was work and make demands about the floors and the walls and the knobs, etc., etc., etc.
“Paint me like one of your French girls.”
Let it be noted that he is the superhero who did MOST of the work! I can say from experience it’s VERY difficult to renovate an RV with a full-time job. If not for this guy, we’d still be in our driveway working on this thing!
One of a few weekends when I DID help! Don’t know what I thought was toxic…
DRUMROLL PLEASE!!!! Prepare for lots of white. 🙂
Shorty fought me on the amount of white that ended up in this thing, but I’m happy with it. Although I’ll give him this—the blue alcove saves it from feeling clinical.
I do think there’s something troubling on a deeper level about the way we favor whiteness in a lot of cultures these days—white photo backgrounds, whitewashed Instagram filters, etc.—but I have to say it made the camper feel A LOT bigger. And not like we’re living in an egg!
The standup desk was an awesome addition! I don’t actually use it for working that often, but it’s much-needed extra counter space while we’re cooking.
If you made it to the end of this post – thank you! I appreciate y’all following along. It motivates me to document this stuff when I otherwise might let it fall in the procrastination pile.
Question: What do you wish I’d share about the trip? I have a running list of ideas, mostly from Instagram comments:
- Why RV life? The philosophy that sparked this?
- How to shop for an RV / what to consider
- How to eat out with non-vegans
- Things about RV life you might not realize
- Logistics around remote work – WIFI, etc.
- Vegan city guides
🙂 🙂 🙂