Quite frankly, living with a big family in a tiny house or otherwise small space such as our skoolie can be a bit daunting. Sure, its a great lesson in downscaling possessions and considering the impact one makes on the environment. In a tiny home you eat, sleep, and use the bathroom (if you’re fortunate to have one onboard your skoolie!). Your living room, entertainment and in many cases your “school room” are the world around you. Often there is no television in the place. There are hardly walls to separate one room from another, often just a curtain hangs pretending to be a secure room divider.
There is rarely anywhere to escape to. Usually no door to close, and god-forbid, lock! Finding a closet with any space to cram your body into in hopes of hiding is virtually impossible. Having a private conversation is near impossible unless you go for a walk. Thank god for cell phones.
This is the down side of tiny homes and our skoolie. When the weather is crappy outside the inside gets smaller by the hour. Morale starts to sink, the air starts to stale. Ugh…this tiny house living is not always rosey.
You’re probably thinking that the number one problem in tiny house living, especially when raising a family, would be the privacy factor. In reality its the noise factor.
I know, surprise surprise!
When the space between you and your child is measured in inches or feet rather than storeys or rooms-apart, its hard enough to get privacy and not be seen. But how does one actually get solitude?
Its a rare commodity. It’s the thing I miss the very most about living in a larger house. However, being honest, a bigger house doesn’t necessarily serve up solitude either. Because I could be soaking in a hot lavender bath upstairs and still hear the children laughing or crying down in the kitchen. I could hear them discussing cleaning the fish tank, or not. Or arguing over what movie to watch, or who left the dirty kitchen. So its rose-thinking to assume one can manage solitude in a big house. Laughable for a big family with lots of little children, actually. But I digress.
Back to finding solitude on a skoolie or other tiny home. You can’t in all fairness ask everyone to leave the bus. No, you have to improvise, and learn to grasp the opportunities that present themselves.
Like when the kids go down to the beach…you don’t always have to go with them (as long as there is proper supervision of course). You can catch a quiet snooze, or do some meditation while they’re all off having fun. You can plop those headphones on your head and listen to your favourite music.
There’s also no stopping YOU from vacating the premises!! You go climb a tree or sit on the sea wall for awhile listening to the birds sing, or the waves crash. Climb in the extra vehicle to listen to your own thoughts. Rise early to work uninterrupted. Or stay up late, if that’s what suits you better. There’s always a way around the number one problem in tiny house living. Be flexible and creative.
Oh, and learn to sleep (or nap) with ear plugs.
And lastly, in consideration of your kids, find ways for intimacy without it being too loud! Your kids will thank you!
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