If you’ve read my blog for a little while, you probably know we live in a mobile home in work accommodation. You can read about our experience moving in and living here for the first three months, but after that I kind of forgot about it. I’ve been so busy trying to make living in such a small space work, I forgot to update you guys on it!
Our first Christmas in a mobile home
On the 2nd of May, we will have lived here for a whole year. In some aspects it feels like we’re still moving in, and in others it feels like we’ve been here for years. Because of B not having any time off work for the move, we still have a lot to sort out. There are a lot of things that have been put off simply because I can’t do them on my own and B is obviously tired from work. We’ll get there eventually!
Something we have managed to sort out though, is the Christmas decor. I’ve had to fold over the top branch on the tree to make it fit under the ceiling – it’s a 7ft tree – and I really don’t think it’s going to fit with a dinning table, but it’s here for now, and all the presents are underneath. Well, to the side of it anyway. It’s small in here!
And I thought it was small in here before the tree and decorations were put up!
One good thing about it being small is that it stays quite warm. It obviously gets VERY cold if you leave the heating off, but with the heating on and set to turn on at a certain temperature, it stays nice and toasty. We do have to leave the heating on over night, which we never did at the old house, but the one night we didn’t our pipes froze. Not doing that again!
We’ve re-leveled the mobile home too. We’d sunk an inch since the last time we leveled up, but considering this was put on flattened mud and not on a concrete pad, we will sink until it hits the chalk underneath. Right now we’re on about a foot of breeze blocks and wooden wedges, which eventually will all be blocks once we sink enough for another block to fit.
I do quite enjoy living in this mobile home, and I would definitely recommend it as a stepping stone option. It’s definitely not a forever home for us, since we do plan on having a family, but for now it’s big enough as long as it’s kept tidy. The heating bill – the gas – is definitely cheaper than the heating oil we used to have too. Heating oil used to cost us around £500 every winter, but here we use around one bottle of gas a month making it around £350 if we used a bottle a month for 5 months.
I have to say I am looking forward to Christmas here. We’re not hosting, as we wouldn’t even get half the guests in the house, but I think it’ll be a nice cozy Christmas and New Year just the two of us with the chickens and Kobi.