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Old 06-01-2011, 15:22   #1
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The 'Black Hole' Effect

DISLCAIMER: We're not yet living on board, but my brother and my wife's sister have been doing so for a decade, and we've shared experiences with them.

We recently rented a 550 square foot cottage for our family of three (plus three motorcycles, three mountain bikes, and a 75 pound lab mix) in paradise. We've been working for the last several days to move into it, from a much larger place.

I imagine that many of you have been through many of the things that we're going through. We made what we thought were the hard decisions already, but upon arrival, we find that we're not there yet.

We find ourselves stripping the packaging off of everything, nesting everything, finding vertical storage solutions, and making use of dead space for storage. Nothing is taken for granted. We're not going to live in clutter. Everything either has to have a place, or we're not going to keep it.

It has been interesting to watch the "black hole" effect of our new home "absorbing" stuff, as the pile outside gets smaller, and yet we continue to have just as much living space inside.

We've still got a ways to go, but this is a good life experience, and I have a new appreciation for what it must be like to live on board. By the time that I retire, the child, the dog, the motorcycles, and the bicycles will all be gone, but the challenges will remain.
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Old 06-01-2011, 15:24   #2
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welcome aboard. well look at it this way, less stuff to give away when you do move aboard.
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Old 06-01-2011, 16:26   #3
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When we moved off of our Westsail 32 into an approximate 1100 sq' house, we couldn't fit everything in. It was largely because the boat had a ton of built in storage spaces while the house had a dearth of storage in the kitchen cabinets and virtually no built in storage except the closets. We had tons of stuff stacked in boxes around the house with no place to store it out of sight. As they say, houses are very poorly built boats.
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