Making the Camper Long-Term Livable

Welcome to blog post #2 on our tiny living adventures!

As you know, until we are able to build our tiny house we are living in our camper.  To make this possible we had to make a few adjustments for long-term living.  First, let’s start off with a few before pictures from right after we purchased our camper.

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Uhh!! So bland, brown, and BORING as you can tell from Ruger’s face in the last photo! We had to put our personalities into this camper if we were going to be staying in it for any amount of time.  So, now I’ll show you some of the changes we made to make this little camper livable for us!

We began by adding shelving to all of our cabinets.  This made a huge difference because our storage space has doubled!!  We also added shelves into the closet for all of our shoes.

If we did this, then where would we put our clothes?! No need to fear!  Next, we converted the lower bunk bed into our closet by putting in a rod to hang all of our clothes.  This gave us 6 ft. of hanging space we did not have before.

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Then, we knocked out a tiny wall under the bunk bed to create access to the storage area underneath.  This made for great additional storage.

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Dirt is really crafty, and I love mason jars, so he made a mason jar holder for our silverware and cooking utensils.  We also hung a spice rack that we got from World Market.

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Along with the other changes, we added a lot to the little bathroom.  First, we found a shower curtain that we loved to liven up the place!  We got storage baskets from World Market to store our bathroom supplies and our towels.  Dirt made mason jar holders for my hair dryer, straightener, and curling wand, and I made cute little magnet boards for my make-up.  We also added a spice rack to the back of the bathroom door for my nail polish and odds and ends, and I got a cute little cosmetic bag to hold other bathroom products.  We made a necklace holder with extra wood and nails we had lying around, and we will soon be adding mason jar holders for q-tips and cotton balls.  Then, we added lots of command strip storage into the shower to keep all of our soaps and shampoos in one place when we are moving.  Finally, we replaced the original bathroom mirror with an antique mirror I had bought a few years ago.

In addition to all the functional improvements we made, we also made some cosmetic changes.  We re-covered all of our cushions and window coverings.  We also got a cute quilt for the bed, cute sheets for the bunks, and we added lights above the bed.  We changed all the knobs on the cabinets to fun ones we found at Hobby Lobby.  In order to make the camper feel more like home, we added decor pieces throughout the camper to tie it all together.  Functionality for long-term living is definitely important, but I can’t express how much easier it was to picture us living in this tiny space once it was our style and had character.

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Also, just in case you didn’t know, it is extremely hard to make a bed that is against 3 walls.

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Without all of these changes I know we couldn’t be living in our camper for an extended period of time, so I am extremely glad we took the time to make them!  It’s funny how small things can brighten up a space and just make you feel happy! Life is too short to have boring/bland surroundings!

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8 thoughts on “Making the Camper Long-Term Livable

  1. Dad & Kristi says:

    Thank you for sharing this. Once day you will look back and be so happy you are making a record of this adventure. We are so proud of you both and can’t wait to hear about what God has in store for you. We love you with our whole hearts.

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  2. beingarellanes says:

    Hey! Just found your blog, I liked the first two you posted!
    My husband and I live in a camper as well – and have for going on 7 months. We recently purchased another camper that is a bit bigger (Praise God!) But still “cozy” 🙂
    Just wanted to hear your thoughts on have the pups in the camper with you? Your camper is half our camper’s size, and my doggy (Obadiah Jones, or Obe for short!) Is a cocker spaniel/Australian shepherd mutt who’s about 40lbs… How do you handle the dogs in the small space?
    For the past 6 months my pup has been living large with my parents, but he’ll be “going tiny” in the next few weeks as we bring him up to where we live now.
    Any suggestions? Thoughts? Ideas?

    Thanks! Look forward to hearing more of your adventures!

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    • bigfaithbigdogstinyadventures says:

      We love having our pups in the camper so far! The hardest part is when they are shedding, but I try to dust multiple times a week to make sure everything stays clean (it only takes about 5 minutes to dust the entire camper). We keep their beds in the floor at night, and during the day we either put them up on the bed or slide them under the bed. Other than that, it’s been easy peasy with them inside the camper with us! I hope your pup likes living tiny, too!

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