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One big challenge many full-timers come across is finding personal space while RV living with kids.
While it is great that tiny living brings families closer together by encouraging connection, there is a point when too much togetherness can become overwhelming. This has the potential to push both parents and kids over the edge, and could eventually even make full time RVing feel like a chore rather than a fun adventure.
Obviously, none of us wants that. Nearly every person who chooses to transition to full time RV living does so with the hope of finding fun adventures and connecting with their loved ones.
Therefore, in order for the experience to be everything you’ve hoped, it is crucial to find ways to get the privacy and alone time you need to truly enjoy your field trips, fun, and togetherness.
If you—like so many other full time RVing families—are wondering how on earth to find personal space while living in a tiny home-on-wheels, this is the article for you. Here we will discuss a few different ideas for snatching up some alone time each day and preserving your sanity so you can stay happy on the road and enjoy your wanderings for as long as possible.
Assign Private Spaces for Each Person
The first step to ensuring everyone has the private time they need is to give them an assigned private space where they can retreat whenever they need to.
Since hardly any rigs are going to have enough RV bedrooms for every single member of the family, most families use beds as individual private spaces. Stating that a person’s bed is their personal space—and that nobody else is allowed to be in another person’s bed—should do the trick.
That said, not every RVing family has an individual bed for each person, and sometimes families must use the beds that tuck away into couches or tables during the day. In this case, try finding a separate nook for each family member rather than a bed. This will give everyone their own personal space and should work just as well.
Install RV Privacy Curtains
RV privacy curtains are a fabulous tool for creating private spaces in your RV. This is especially true for those families living in RVs without actual doors. Privacy curtains can be hung to separate RV bedroom spaces from living spaces, and can be opened whenever you want to open the space back up.
Besides large curtains to separate large spaces, if your kids do have their own bunks, you might also consider installing RV bunk privacy curtains. These are perfect for giving each of your kids a bit of personal space where they can hide away for a bit.
If you do decide to hang an RV privacy curtain or two, we recommend doing so with tension rods. This removes the need to screw anything into the wall, which could cause damage, lower the value of your RV, and even result in injury should you accidentally end up putting a screw into wiring.
Set Up Outdoor Spaces
Many people who RV full time—and especially those who choose RVing with kids—find that they spend a lot more time outside once they move out of a traditional house and into a motorhome or trailer. Why not take advantage of this fact by setting up privacy nooks outdoors?
In some cases, this might look like a couple of “two-man” tents set up with pillows and reading materials or toys. In other cases, a simple hammock could work as a chill-out spot. Some kids enjoy finding trees to climb and then call their own, while others might like building forts out of the campsite picnic table.
Whatever you decide to do, be sure to establish which spaces are private spaces, along with who is allowed to use them and when. This will prevent arguments and give everyone a chance to get the solo time they need.
Create a Vehicle Office
Even those who choose full-time RVing must have some sort of income, and for many of us, this means working on the road.
Of course, working on the road means different things for different people. However, the vast majority of working RVers do some sort of computer- or phone-based work. This inevitably means attempting to sit, focus, and get things done even if your RV has no assigned office space (or doors, for that matter).
If you struggle with this issue—as many of us do—you might consider creating a private working space in your truck or car. A vehicle office allows you to get away from the craziness of everyday life, close the door, and work in peace. Not only will this improve your productivity, it’s likely to improve the moods of everyone around.
Wondering what you might need in your vehicle office? In most cases, a simple lap desk, a full tank of gas (for running the A/C or heater), and a car charger (for your work device of choice) should be plenty.
Keep in mind that even if you don’t need an office space, this idea can be used for other purposes. Perhaps you could turn the backseat into a reading nook or homeschool space for those who need an escape from the busyness of the RV.
Schedule Quiet Times
Finally, and probably most importantly of all, you will want to make alone time a priority by adding it to your daily schedule. That’s right, we want you to schedule private time for your family.
During this time, every member of the family should be required to retreat to their personal space and read, draw, or do other quiet solo activities. Little ones can nap, parents can recharge, and at the end of an hour or so, everyone can emerge feeling refreshed and ready to spend more time together living the fantastic RV lifestyle!
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