After all the excitement of getting the van, things ground to a halt. We were given a time frame of 12 weeks after which we could move to the block and into the van. In my excitement I cleaned out the garage, threw out 20 garbage bags of clutter, sold a pile of belongings on eBay and started packing the kitchen.
Unfortunately I got a little over excited as I only left us a few things to get by. As the months wore on we started eating our cereal out of plastic storage containers. In my infinite wisdom I had told husband that
“in the van we wont have a dish washer so we will have to wash up right away and therefore won’t need any more that 2 of each thing…”
The build had been delayed by weather and public holidays and 3 months was turning into 6. We were living in a permanent state of “half packed”.
Meanwhile we had started to think about how we would need to set ourselves up for this year of our lives in a van. We wanted to be as thrifty as possible. My parents gave us some fencing materials to make a yard around the van for the dogs. We also planned to build a solid floor in the annex to make it warmer and husband was going to to make a shelter over the entire thing to protect it from weathering.
I got the ok from work to take some unwanted pallets. They were the perfect width to make a floor for the annex. It would save us on building materials and would be a fun little project.
After this I became a bit of a pallet maniac. I noticed derelict pallets everywhere and on one occasion embarrassed myself trying to haul a particularly heavy one into my car from next to a garbage hopper behind a building (dodgy!)
I had ideas flowing out left and right…build a dog kennel out of pallets. We could pull them apart and use them for fencing, what about a table, planter box, raised garden bed, outdoor furniture… it had gotten a little out of hand! For more ideas see http://www.1001pallets.com/
To get more appropriate shelter supplies we went to the second hand building traders and got some more bargains.
We were excited and ready to go but we couldn’t start anything until the permits are processed for occupancy.
I had booked in some leave from work for 2 weeks at the end of June for the move. The aim was to move and give the dogs time to acclimatise and get all settled in over the 2 weeks.
It may however be spent cleaning the rental, finishing the packing and getting things into storage. Who knows perhaps I’ll relax and read a book.