take out the trash
September 17th, 2015 by Off The Grid

A very good day to everyone out there in podcast land tuning in to today’s show! Something hit me last night as I stepped into the off grid camper. It was a pretty bad rotten smell. At first I thought it was time to change my compost bucket toilet so I swapped it out for a new one with all the fixings. The “fixings” are a mixture of cedar shavings, aspen bedding, and good smelling coffee grinds to help absorb moisture and odor for my little off grid toilet. The next morning I woke up to the same nasty smell. It turned out to be the trash. Now keep in mind usually if your living in the average white picket fence house the trash might smell a bit but usually your in and out of the kitchen fast. When your living in a monumentally smaller space like a medium sized camper you can not escape your responsibilities. Essentially this is right along the lines of a tiny off grid house size wise.

Living off the grid you need to be innovative and efficient especially when it comes to the importance of maintaining a sanitary environment. Today was all about taking out the trash and cleaning up first thing this morning in the camper.Β Waking up to the fact that your humble dragonfly in camperabode all be it a tiny home stinks to high heaven is a stark reminder to take out the trash. I started by sweeping the floor and was done in no time at all. I would imagine most any camper, RV, or other tiny house would be just as easy to sweep. Next up was to take out the trash. The trash turned out to be the culprit for the offending odor. As mundane as it sounds this is a very important part of feeling good when you come home to a welcoming environment. Again when its time to take the trash out you will know it!

Flowing to the lighter side of living off the grid the morning was had a few simple pleasures for those with senses to appreciate. A little dragonfly flew in to check things out for a while. If you have been following Off The Grid Podcast you know I love to cook. Today I was multitasking both cleaning up inside the off grid camper and making breakfast. If you want to hear the making of a granola Power Pancake recipe listen to Episode 40 of the podcast. If you want to try making it yourself visit the Cast Iron Cooking page to get the recipe.

 

Show notes from today’s Off The Grid Podcast

  • Today’s lesson: Living in a small space you will absolutely know when its time to take the trash out!
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camper mess before cleanup
September 2nd, 2015 by Off The Grid

It has been close to a month now since my move to off the grid and with everything going on I have not been cleaning much inside the camper. That was about to change. Today was cleaning day and I was in the camper taking some extra time this morning to clean up a bit. First up was a good size stack of egg shells. I like making french toast and my “power pancakes” in the mornings so I had a stack of egg shells that had been drying and needed to be moved. I use the egg shells (crushed up) as a natural calcium supplement in the garden. Half of the difficulty when your working in a small space like a camper is just finding a place to put things! lol Once I can get everything fixed with the floor and front half of the camper finding space to store stuff will be less challenging.

Moving more items around I found several things I had forgotten about or lost in the move off grid. Yup.. if your listening you can tell the camper is a little cramped for space because everything was so unorganized! Several 2 X 4s were moved up to the back wall over the kitchen counter sink. That is one good thing about these old campers.. most of the time they have really been designed well to maximize space. After a short while of cleaning up in the camper I unearthed a treasure! lol I found my power cord for the video camera. The power cord was something I had been looking for because with all of the documenting my journey off grid and repairing the camper the battery was done! It was time to record some more video for documentary! lol

One thing you get good at with these old campers when moving in general is organizing. Stacking and packing seemed to be a critical skill these last few months. I attribute my advanced stacking and packing skills to years of playing Tetris as a kid! lol If your not good at organizing when you start a move into a camper you will be an expert when your done. All in all the move to off grid has been a good one. Cleaning up the camper and sorting through all the stuff today reminded me that I had come a long way. The vision is clear with the prospect of a humble little camper being all cozy and clean in the near future just in time for the cooler months. πŸ™‚

Show notes from today’s Off The Grid Podcast

  • Today’s lesson: Clean up your stuff!! You could find what your missing!! lol
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new rubber roof cracked
August 20th, 2015 by Off The Grid

The cleanup has begun and the future Off Grid camper was in the middle of a major cleaning overhaul! Tonight I was back at it in the camper putting some gloves on and gearing up for a serious clean job of the really dirty camper. It was about 10PM and my homemade AC unit was blowing in the background. Yes even this late at night it was still hot in the camper! It was a super simple contraption made up of a Styrofoam cooler, a few DC powered fans, and a few soda bottles of frozen ice. My homemade AC worked but not that well. It was only putting out 4 to 5 degrees cooler air. It was 84 – 85 degrees with 81 degrees air from the air conditioner. Up until now the main goal was to fix the roof. After another long day I was again looking forward to the precious few hours to put toward working on the camper. Earlier I stopped by the Dollar Store for some basic cleaning supplies like bleach, mold & mildew remover, and a small assortment of other helpful stuff for this seemingly momentous task. The camper was only 28 foot so how bad could it be? lol

The last time before leaving the camper I set off a bug fogger. I read the directions thoroughly to make sure I knew what to expect and heaven forbid what to do if anything went wrong. After closing all of the windows, vents, and propping the door open ready to go I set the canister in a glass baking pan toward the center of the camper. Fast forward to today’s Off The Grid Podcast episode and the camper was ready for a good cleaning.

new rubber roof cracked

new rubber roof cracked

With all the recent progress my focus started to turn to other things like a working fridge and getting the floor repaired. The floor was going to be a serious undertaking and I did not know it yet. This episode of Off The Grid Podcast was recorded back in late June just before the adventure in the camper was REALLY set to begin! lol The place where I was staying at (on the couch) was soon to come to an end as a new deadline of July 1st to be off the grid. Thanks for listening I appreciate it!

Show notes from today’s Off The Grid Podcast

  • Lesson for today. Don’t put the roofing material on too thick all at once πŸ˜›
  • I will post some pictures and a video of my homemade AC here soon (will edit this when up)
  • If you have questions, comments, or tips about living off grid then please post them here!
  • Please help support this show and the off grid community by checking out Off Grid Singles.
  • The Off Grid Podcast is now available on iTunes and Stitcher so please subscribe and rate the show!
  • If you like the show please help support this journey off grid by telling a friend about the podcast πŸ™‚

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