Meet Nathan, Marissa, and their daughter Hensley, a family who sold their house, and most of their belongings, and bought an RV to travel across the United States.
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As a family, they embraced a minimalist lifestyle and documented their journey on their YouTube channel, “Less Junk, More Journey.” The birth of their daughter Hensley motivated this drastic change, as they watched a family in an RV thoroughly enjoying their time together and educating their child while traveling.
It took Nathan and Marissa about a year to prepare themselves mentally and get their house and careers in order for this significant shift in their lives.
Downsizing required immense effort, but they soon realized that living with less led to a more enriching and fulfilling life.
The freedom to spend time with their family, pursue their passions, and not be tied down by material possessions has provided this adventurous family with experiences they wouldn’t trade for anything.
- Downsizing can lead to a more enriching and fulfilling life with deeper family connections.
- It’s essential to find a balance between material possessions and the freedom to pursue one’s passions.
- The process of decluttering and organizing becomes a continuous skill that aids in living a minimalist lifestyle.
Adapting to RV Living
The transition to RV living was not a quick process. It took about a year for Nathan and Marissa to prepare and downsize their belongings.
They went from living in an 1,800 square foot house to a 300 square foot RV. This experience has taught them to live with only the essentials and allowed them to realize how little they actually need.
Marissa and Nathan had to develop a continuous process of evaluating and eliminating items to maintain their living space.
They found it helpful to designate specific areas for various types of possessions and ensure they did not overflow those spaces.
The time and effort put into adapting to RV living has given this family greater freedom in how they spend their days. Instead of being consumed by mundane tasks and jobs that drain them, they now engage in activities that rejuvenate them and make them excited for the day ahead.
Decluttering and Organizing
Experiencing the benefits of decluttering and organizing, Nathan and Marissa now enjoy the freedom to spend quality time as a family without being distracted by excess possessions.
Although they sometimes feel the temptation of having a bigger house or a more expensive car, they remind themselves that their new lifestyle grants them the time and experiences they truly value.
By saying no to materialistic temptations, they say yes to what truly matters: family, adventure, and living life to the fullest.
Balancing Desires against Necessities
Consciously prioritizing experiences over material goods has led to a more fulfilling life for them, as they have traded in a large house for adventures and quality family time that enriches their existence.
The family is acutely aware of the trade-offs they are making; opting out of a more “traditional” lifestyle has allowed them to focus on what they value most: spending time together and exploring new places.
Still, it’s important for them to maintain some semblance of a home base.
They achieve this by spending approximately a third of the year at a campground near their hometown.
This blend of maintaining ties to their roots while making time for extended adventures has helped the family become stronger and more connected.
As they continue on their journey of living small in an RV and traversing the country, they remain focused on keeping their material possessions to a minimum, ensuring that they maximize their time, and always cherish the moments spent together as a family.
Maximizing Time and Freedom
Nathan and Marissa have learned the value of time management and organization in this new lifestyle. By allocating space for their personal belongings and continuously reevaluating their needs, they ensure that their home remains clutter-free.
This has subsequently allowed them to prioritize experiences and quality time as a family.
Though they sometimes miss the luxuries of a larger living space, Nathan and Marissa agree that the benefits of their simple, minimalist lifestyle far outweigh material possessions. The unique perspective they’ve gained through their journey has made them more intentional with their choices and, ultimately, more appreciative of the time they have together.
This couple’s travel style involves spending one-third to one-fourth of the year at a campground in their hometown, balancing time with their families and the exploration of new places.
Parenting on the Road
As Nathan and Marissa adjusted to life in an RV, they discovered a newfound closeness with their daughter, Hensley. Their previous life involved working full time and spending weekends catching up on chores, leaving little quality time for family bonding.
Hensley’s birth was the catalyst for change, motivating them to embrace life on the road.
Despite the challenges of adjusting to RV life, Nathan and Marissa have found immense joy in raising their daughter, traveling, and connecting as a family. By choosing experiences over possessions and prioritizing time together, they have transformed their everyday life into a journey that makes every day a new adventure.
The Decision to Downsize
With both parents working full-time jobs, they found their family time to be limited. They felt distant from each other and unable to truly connect as a family.
After the birth of Hensley, their motivation to change their lifestyle skyrocketed.
Inspired by another family’s RV life that they had seen on the internet, they made the choice to eliminate their debt by selling their house, allowing Marissa to stay home more and the family to travel.
RV Lifestyle Benefits
Living in an RV allowed them to spend quality time together, create lasting memories, and embark on a journey of exploration.
Though they occasionally find themselves admiring larger houses or cars, they never lose sight of the value they’ve found in their new lifestyle and wouldn’t trade it for anything.
Adopting this way of life has granted them the opportunity to make the most of their time here on earth, focusing on experiences and personal growth as a family.