Bus-Life Challenges (as a couple)
Published May 16, 2018

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Hey folks! People often ask us about bus-life challenges with a partner. Some people expect this to be a LONG and ENDLESS list (Mansion dwellers?), but there really aren’t too many things that make us angry and frustrated about bus-life.

The challenges we do experience, however, are REAL. And they suck.

So before you decide to become a full-time bus-lifer, consider these 5 challenges and question how you would respond to them.

Not everyone should live in a bus. 🙂

TOP 5 Challenges of Bus-Life

1. There is no personal space

This one is a bit obvious, but it has REALLY been put into perspective for us these past months.

It’s true–there is NO personal space. Sure, one of us can be in the bathroom and close the door, but it is still 2 ft from the bedroom, kitchen, and living room.

Living in such close proximity has worked well for Cece and I, as we have learned more about each other and how to tolerate bad moods. But sometimes, just sometimes, IT IS SO DIFFICULT!

If we need quite space in the evening, where do we go? A walk usually. But this is Portland, and it RAINS.

So what then?

We deal with it. We understand that our lifestyle leaves little personal space at home and we learn to cope and meditate around it.

small space

So if you are about to move into a tiny space with a loved one, perhaps strike up a conversion first with this question: “Sweetie, what is our plan for personal space when we can’t stand each other?”

It is definitely a good idea to talk about this FIRST before committing to bus-life.

2. It is difficult to keep clean

We’ve talked about this before, but it never ceases to amaze us how quickly things get messy. We only own a “few” things, but the bus gets cluttered SO EASILY.

Even the tiniest bit of disorganization on the counter is disastrous. Well, not really, but you get the point. 🙂

Maintaining order in our bus is a constant process of cleaning, organizing, and reevaluating what we own. We often get rid of things once a week, and purchase fewer items month to month.

Will we ever run out of things!!!???

For us, minimalism as a lifestyle has no end goal. We strive to stay organized, own what we need, and hold back on what we want (i.g. material wise. We LOVE dreaming and taking action for our personal goals).

3. Little things appear BIG

A CD. A coffee mug. A banana.

In a small space, everything gets BIG! Our proportional perspective of everything has gone whack.

Bigger items such as instruments take up a noticeable percentage of our living space, and this can get frustrating quickly. Sometimes, we just want to throw the mess in a closet or under the bed, but we CANNOT do this!!

Everything can be seen. Everything can be heard.
The horror! The horror!

4. Every smell can be smelled

When dinner is being cooked, THIS IS A GOOD THING! The tasty aroma fills every space of our bus.

When someone farts–not so good.

More so, smells tend to mix. The compost, the fridge, the dinner, the farts. Sometimes, the smell inside our bus can get weird.

Luckily, all it takes is one open window to completely refresh the space. We also have a huge collection of essential oils to help balance things out.

bus-life smells

Living in a small space definitely makes us appreciate separate rooms in a normal house to keep smells contained.

5. There is (barely) any room for company

Even if we have ONE PERSON over to our bus, it gets tight. We have to dance around each other to cook and move. While this is often a humorous activity, it can get frustrating.

In the past, Cece and I have really enjoyed entertaining and cooking delicious vegan meals for our guests. Now, we can only have two people max in our space.

We want to socialize and play music with people in our home, but oftentimes we have to go elsewhere. Luckily, it is almost summer and we have a wonderful yard to support larger gatherings (3, 4, FIVE!?!?).

The other limitation is our cooking space. We cook everything on a two-burner stove and a toaster oven. While this is great for us, we end up cooking meals for other people in shifts rather than all at once.

Sometimes, just, sometimes, we want a full-sized oven.

That’s all for now!

See, there aren’t too many bus-life challenges as a couple (if you love and respect your partner). We embrace the challenge of living in a tiny space and are growing every single day.

Thank you all for your support! We have really enjoyed the comments and suggestions. We are growing everyday and are excited for the future of Living Tiny.

If you haven’t already, check out these posts:

Minimalist Living Tips
Minimalism for Beginners
How We Knew Bus-Life Would Work For Us

As always, BE WELL! 🙂
Riley & Cece




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