we visit him a lot, always going over our what seems like ever changing our floor plan (though we think we finally have it down...). you'd think planning for 230 sq ft would be a breeze, right? ok maybe you didn't because, duh it's not at all, it's sooo tricky! with that amount of space you feel a lot of pressure to distribute everything as efficiently and effectively as possible.
we've had to think a lot about: where do we plan to spend most of our time? what is worth making space for? what can we do with out/or less of? the answers to those questions have changed significantly since the beginning.
for example. I originally was set on a small, but very aesthetic 'bedroom'. one with a bed in the center, built in nightstands on the side and pretty, evenly dispersed sconces above, the hallway being centered to the bedroom because you know, those lines would look so clean and photograph so well!
I could see it.
Looking down our perfectly proportioned tiny kitchen down a sharp, white hallway to see our bed made all spick and span, light colored linens finished with beautiful pillows and a throw.
|you know, something like this|
|or this |
but in the back of a school bus
as I started whipping up my version of our plan for Presto, it only took a couple sketches and measurements to realize that giving so much space and effort, essentially 'Instagram worthiness' to a place where we lay our heads at night robbed from other parts of the bus, places that we'd more likely spend our time as a family.
my dream felt dashed at first, but it soon set in how silly it was to feel that way. Preston and I did not choose this lifestyle to make a style statement, we're doing to simplify, to make a more intentional life, to focus on experiences more than things. One of my first, but not my last servings of humble pie via bus conversion.
Maybe you're better than I and would never even waste a thought on this type of trivial matter!
I however find myself being swept up in the looks of things rather than the importance and usefulness, all. of. the. time. I believe there is beauty in art, in form over function, but I think in the right time and place.
thinking 'bus' has majorly helped me shape my priorities. don't get me wrong, I love love love a beautiful, open, bright, textile full bedroom as much as the next dream-home, pinning mama, and I am sure I'll have a handful of things in the bus that aren't as useful as they are pretty, but what I do know is I will take much better inventory of whether or not they function for us, serve a purpose, or bring joy into our little space.
needless to say, my dream bus bedroom has changed significantly since the beginning. the bed will not be centered, but will be turned and pushed as far into the back right corner as possible. above us won't be a nice sconce adorned wall and 'spacious' ceiling, but instead only a few feet above our heads will a loft protrude, a loft where our little ones will rest their heads at night, and instead of neat little built in nightstands we'll find wall space in the front to keep journals and scriptures and to plug in phones (I never read or write in my bed anyyyyway). luckily style does not determine comfort, and we know we'll be just fine climbing up narrow stairs to tuck the girls in at night then rolling onto our own bed beneath.
the loss of clean lines and aesthetic were quickly forgotten the day we took the girls to see their 7'x7' shared bedroom. they love it and are already so excited to move their beds in!
with this change of plans we now can dedicate more of our precious space to the places we feel like we spend the most time as a family, our kitchen/family room - where we happily stuff our faces and do most our living when we're not outside or sleeping!
I truly believe that this process of simplifying will help me see more beauty in the everyday and long for less.
now I'm curious..
if you were going to downsize, how would you prioritize your space? what sacrifices would you be willing to make? what things would you want despite the space if would take up? (ie. with two kids and a hard working husband, I chose to sacrifice a chunk of our little space to a 2in1 washer/dryer. I knew I could do Laundromats.. but would so appreciate having a way to have clean clothes no matter where we roam) I'm so curious to know!
happiest of days to you,
ps. I also will give myself some credit: though I won't be able to style things how I first imagined, I will definitely be able to make this space feel like home! home is where the heart is after all (and the food, and the pants-optional policy). take a look at all these fun bus spaces, the creativity and details!
via my pinterest board | beauty in a skoolie |
|some simple and beautiful bus interiors via my Pinterest board|