Well, it’s been three months in the Van now and I am starting to settle into my new way of life. Due to some unforeseen personal circumstances I had thought about life back in a house and I wasn’t happy about the idea. Fortunately this has not happened and I am full timing for the foreseeable.
I am loving the lifestyle so much and have started to settle into a few routines now. When I lived in a bricks and mortar house I used to have to dedicate around 4 hours to keeping it clean per week excluding any gardening or other maintenance that needed doing. I have got a full van clean down to 20 minutes on average and I do this once a week on a sunday. Yes you heard me correctly, I clean my entire house top to bottom in only 20 minutes and I do it every week. It takes 5 minutes to wash the shower/toilet and sink, After each shower though I use the damp towel to wipe down the shower area. I do this to prevent mildew or anything else growing so this makes things easier on the weekly clean. Hoovering the carpets takes me 5 minutes also. Washing up, cleaning the cooker and oven and putting everthing away takes another 5 minutes. Then it is a quick whiz round the van with Mr Sheen impregnated cloths. All cabinets are dusted including the tops which you can’t actually see.
After the cleaning has been done, I empty the tanks and refill with fresh water this does take around 20 minutes all in. I then head to the laundrette put a large washload in (£5.00) and while this is going wander round to the local supermarket to stock up on weekly supplies. I get back to the Laundrette in time to spend another £3 on the tumble dryer and 40 minutes later they are all away. The van is now looking good, I have a full set of clean clothes and towels etc.
All in all it takes me 3 hours from start to finish to do ALL my domestic chores for the week and that includes travelling time, shopping, cleaning and laundering.
I haven’t yet come up against any major downsides to full timing that I haven’t experienced in my (ex) normal life. The things that I thought would get old and tedious fast such as emptying the toilet cassette have just become one of those things I need to do and doesn’t actually bother me in the slighest.
All in all I love full fulltiming in my van and cannot forsee this every changing. However I am writing this in the summer so my views may change come winter time… We shall just have to wait and see.