A closer look at the Gifted Gypsy
1 August 13
While we’ve lingered in Western Australia, I’ve had the opportunity to finish some work in the Gifted Gypsy, including sewing curtains, modifying the cabinetry and installing more lights and USB powerpoints. We’ve been parking on a rural property where there’s room to work and tools to borrow, and I’m thankful to improve our tiny home’s condition so it works even better.
Inside the Gifted Gypsy, the front is dedicated to our seven seats and the back is our storage/living/kitchen space. I love having the two extra seats, as it means we can bring friends along on our adventures!
Our innovative bed system that rolls up out of the way continues to work really well. We’re using it every day and sleep so comfortably in it. I’ve dismantled it completely a couple of times to wash the canvas, and it’s simple to reinstall.
Our tiny home works so well for us because there is a place for everything to go, and we’re not accumulating more stuff. Our purchases are severely limited because we simply do not have room to fit them in, and so we also save the money that would otherwise be spent on acquiring more possessions.
In evaluating the storage needs in a tiny space, I’m thankful that early on I designated a space for our shoes (they’re in a large drawer under the cabinets) and a place for the dirty laundry to go (in a tub at the back of the bus). Having these two sorted does a lot towards keeping the bus tidy.
Our toilet system continues to work really well. We also carry minimal water in the bus. Twenty-five litres is enough for us for have at one time, although we carry a spare fifteen litres in the boot for emergencies.
Since being on my own, I have had to start doing all the construction and maintenance on my own. Those who knew me as a girl know that I’ve always been extremely independent and self-reliant, but after getting married, I switched. I started deferring a lot of my decision-making and practical skills to David. Now that I don’t have that option, I’ve re-engaged parts of my brain that have been dormant for a long time.
As a single mama travelling in a tiny home, I need to understand a lot of the mechanics of the vehicle as well as the construction and wiring basics. I travel with a small toolkit and know what I need to borrow if I need to do something more complicated. There are always friends with more tools and expertise if I’m out of my depth, and I’m thankful for this lifestyle that forces me into engage in a wider community where I once felt isolated.