We're in the planning stages of going from 2400 to appox. 200 sq.ft.! 2 adults & 1 toddler. We're hoping to find really good temporary homes for the 2 kitties, if not.. we'll be bringing them along,too.
Presently, we have a 3br/1.5ba, 3story, split-level w/2car garage & .6 acres. We're going to rent it out & move into an Airstream. We're still in the planning stages...but we're looking at anywhere between 24' & 31'. So, very small.
I've lived in a VW for a few months, my dodge caravan for a few months, and seen lots of different layouts of motor homes & semi-truck cabs... you have to think in the terms of cubic ft more than square footage- taking advantage of height, as well. But it can be done. You have to get down to the bare minimums & if you attain something new, something old has to go to make room.
I agree w/nikirj, your outside space is a huge factor. The reason I've lived in vehicles is because it allowed me to travel around the country... but living out in a yurt in the woods is just as appealing to me.. it's the small, simplified space.
We're really going to have pare down to that size, enough clothes for a week, 3 boxes of toys that can be rotated out... cooking utensils... toiletries... some art supplies, port.sewing machine, stereo, cd's, port.dvd player. We're hoping to receive this little portable washing machine
very soon... I don't want to endorse this product until I've tried it, but it's part of the plan.
We'll be packing up all of our pictures & quilts,as well as picking out some of our choice records & books to put in a storage closet we'll be renting here in town. After we have all we plan to keep, I'll be selling stuff on ebay as well as the Trading Post here... and after all of that
is gone... opening up my entire house, right at the end of rummage sale season & selling it. I may even offer previews for $5 or something. I have so much great stuff, it's all been carefully selected from rummage sales or goodwill, lots of beautiful gifts which are really hard to part w/ but I just have to. I feel so owned by my things. I feel so giddy when I think of pulling away from here w/just what I need, my family & freedom. It's something that keeps coming back to me, I feel this need to have a possessional cleansing & be mobile... just to see what happens. We're not hitting the open road, yet... but planning on staying at my parent's property in FL for a season, my husband is pretty handy & does lots of house painting so he'll be getting licensed & working down there for about 5x what he would make here in the midwest. SO> that's the plan! We'll see how it takes shape!