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Converted School Bus Bedroom Storage – A Detailed Look Inside

Many people wonder how a converted school bus could have a master bedroom with a king sized bed, ample storage, and all of the amenities of a modern bedroom. In…

Many people wonder how a converted school bus could have a master bedroom with a king sized bed, ample storage, and all of the amenities of a modern bedroom. In this post, we take you on a tour of our converted school bus bedroom and some of the various storage areas that we have created.

Most of our bus’s storage is located in the back of the bus. These two wood pieces make up the majority of essential storage in our home. This area contains some of our every day essentials.

Pink Dresser

The pink drawers are our family’s dresser. We keep ALL of our clothes in here. Brandon has the top drawer,  I have the second, the boys share the third, and Rea shares the bottom drawer with our towels, washcloths and cleaning rags. Although all of our clothes fit nicely in one dresser, I still feel that there is more room for some downsizing in our future.

In the top of this piece we keep our toilet paper, scale, and a few physical books. We love to reading, and keep most of our library on our Kindle’s, however it’s fun to keep the Tim Ferris books around for some light reading from time to time :). I also keep my camera and it’s bag in there for quick access. The grey container holds my blow dryer, curling iron, and straightener.

Grey Dresser

Under this grey piece is where we keep our water pump, water heater, and our accumulator. The wooden butcher block is on a slide, and is used as a standing desk for Brandon when we are on the road. The long skinny drawer is where we keep our papers, our National Park passport book, our go pro and all other camera accessories.

The 1st top small drawer is where we keep every day toiletries, a few pieces of turquoise jewelry, hairbrushes, combs and anything I need to take out of my pockets at the end of the night. In the 2nd drawer is medicine, first aid kits, bandaids and other ‘health’ related items. The bottom drawer is all of Reagan’s hair bows, hair ties, bobby pins, floss, qtips, cotton balls, essential oils, etc.

On top we keep Brandon and I’s shoes in the wood bins (well mostly mine).  Also our vacuum lives up here as well, along with its accessories and a few clip on battery powered fans for when we boondock..

One of the major things we have learned since moving on to a converted school bus is to keep only the essentials.  This took quite a while to decide what we needed vs what we didn’t however we really tried to stick to the $20 and 20 minutes rule. (i.e. if we don’t use it often and it’s less than $20/20 minute drive, get rid of it).

Thanks for reading about our converted school bus bedroom and if you want to see the drawers in more detail, head on over to our Instagram and check out the story highlight titled “Master Bedroom”.

 


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Master Bed On Our Converted School Bus

  One of our highest priorities is quality sleep. Brandon and I are very strict about our children’s sleep and about our sleep. We knew that when we built our room…

 

One of our highest priorities is quality sleep. Brandon and I are very strict about our children’s sleep and about our sleep. We knew that when we built our room in the bus we weren’t going to skimp on the size of our bed. So we chose a pusher engine so that we could build our king sized bed on top.

On the sides of the bed we both have bed side shelves. Mine is always full and Brandon’s not so much. I keep magnesium supplements,  Aveda Hand Relief (it’s my fav), my journal  , my phone and the controller to our electric blanket (yes, we use an electric blanket and it feels like a warm hug) on my side. Brandon keeps his watch and phone on his and sometimes my water bottle.

We sleep with specific pillows and take our pillows with us when ever we travel (princess and the pea style). When I make the bed we have 6 pillows on top and at night we use all six to make us feel like we are laying in a show room bed on the top floor of Dillard’s. I also am super OCD about my sheets staying clean. Requiring that when I get out of bed that the bed is made in case someone accidentally gets on the bed while somewhat dirty. Our bed is the most comforting place I’ve ever been in. It’s like an adult fort! I also love that unlike in a house there’s no room for monsters to hide under it. I no longer have to run and jump into my bed.

Bedding : Bed of Roses Comforter

Sheet Set : Pirate Stripe Sheet Set 

Her side of the bedhis side of the bed

 


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Moving Into The Bus And Unofficial Bus Tour

I can’t believe it has been over a year since we first moved on the bus!  We first moved into our bus in October 2016.  After moving, we spent the…

I can’t believe it has been over a year since we first moved on the bus!  We first moved into our bus in October 2016.  After moving, we spent the next 4 months on the road traveling the western US states.  During this time we would spend almost 30 days in Disney land 😬, see the Redwoods, play in the pacific Ocean at Cannon Beach, head to San Diego, and much much more!

Upon returning from our trip, I (Brandon) had the opportunity to start another company in downtown Albuquerque.  Given that there are few places to park downtown and commuting would not have been in my best interest, we decided to move the family into a loft downtown while I worked on the company.  This was a very interesting experience. We live above a pizza place (which was super rad) however as we would discover, it was also a biker bar.  So, all night Friday – Sunday, we would hear motorcycles ripping down the street until 3am. Going from peaceful bus living to busy loud downtown living was quite a change of pace.

After the company got moving, we moved back out to the suburb of Corrales into another rental while we made the necessary upgrades to the bus to make it even more livable.  This included raising and tiling the shower, adding “privacy doors” to the kids bunks, and many more tweaks based on things we learned while traveling on the road.

Check out our YouTube Video where we show our first night on the bus.  Jackson (our middle son) also gives you a quick bus tour. We will be posting an official tour in the coming months.  Make sure to comment and subscribe!

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Happy Travels!

Moving In Day And Unofficial Bus Tour


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The Essentials in Our Minimalist Kitchen

The kitchen in our bus is my (Ashley’s) sanctuary.  It’s where I spend most of my time and I think it’s beautiful! I look back at the kitchen I had…

The kitchen in our bus is my (Ashley’s) sanctuary.  It’s where I spend most of my time and I think it’s beautiful! I look back at the kitchen I had in my house.  I liked that space however it was also a place of a lot of frustration.  It was an area where there was always a mess and always some cabinet that needed to be organized.  I spent countless hours rearranging my cups, finding more space for my Starbucks coffee mug collection, and finding lids for all of my plastic containers.  I probably had 25 plates, 10-15 bowls, who knows how many mason jar cups (because I’m just that trendy), and enough mugs to be able to serve coffee to an army.

I hosted a lot, which I enjoyed. It was one of the main reasons we loved the our house.  We had people over for dinner roughly 3 times a week.  We hosted countless parties and I do miss that aspect of owning a house. Although, the cleaning up after a dinner party wasn’t my favorite.  I used paper plates (don’t hate me you “save the Earth” hippies) and plastic wear when I hosted larger engagements but still felt like I needed a lot of dishes.

What I now realize is that the reason we have so many dishes is because we left most of them in the dishwasher, getting washed, or waiting to be put away.  Now that I don’t have a dishwasher, I never run out of dishes.  I wash them immediately after we finish a meal and put them away.  There is no room for a sink full of dishes since there is no room for procrastination.  I no longer have the mental over head of having to unload the dishwasher, which is my least favorite chore of all time. Use a dish, clean it, put it away. Simple.

As I have been making observations, I have found that one of the reasons we have so much stuff in our house is because we have so many places to put said stuff. I didn’t always have 25 plates but I had room for more plates so when Target put out their newest trendy plate I bought it and put it on top of last weeks trendy plate, which was on top of the week before that’s trendy plate and so on and so on. I didn’t cycle out the old because the old wasn’t really old, it was still cute, Target just knows how to make all their stuff cuter and trendier and I was a sucker.

In the bus we have minimal cabinets so I have minimal space to store my minimal kitchen things. Below I will go over what is in my kitchen now.

I have a total of 6 drawers, 4 large and 2 small.

 

  • Top Left (small) Junk Drawer: Remotes, our favorite essential oils, duct tape, batteries and charger, random screws, tape, apple tv hook up thingy, felt stickys, hose splitter, box cutter, pencils, pens, permanent marker, tape measurer, Letterfolk felt board letters, lighters, flash light, swisher sweets, and charcoal toothpaste.

 

  • Middle Left Coffee Drawer: Coffee container filled with 2 lbs of whole bean Lavazza coffee (its the best), our Aeropress and it’s accessories, my everyday spices – salt, pepper, garlic, olive oil, and honey, milk frother, a recipe box, and paper plates for when we host dinner in our bus.

 

  • Bottom Left Plastics Drawer: all of my plastic containers 8 of them all with lids, 2 ice cube trays, gallon bags, snack size bags, and foil

 

  • Top Right (small) Silverware Drawer: 7 forks, spoons, and knives, 3 ceramic cutting knives, 2 pairs of scissors, potato peeler, pizza cutter, can opener, measuring cups and spoons, wine opener, bottle opener, ice cream scoop, moon shaped cutting thing for salads, ceramic knives and a long bread knife.

 

  • Middle Right Dish Drawer: Protein Shaker, Starbucks Disneyland tumbler, 3 small cups for hot chocolate with lids, 3 Camelback water bottles for our kids, they never spill (not pictured), 2 thermal Takeya brand water bottles for Brandon and I, we take them with us everywhere we go (not pictured), 1  togo cup for coffee, 3 coffee mugs, 1 whiskey glass, 1 wine glass, 1 small cutting board, 3 small plates, 3 big plates, 3 big bowls, 3 small bowls, and 3 kids plates

 

  • Bottom Right Pan Drawer: 3 cork counter protectors, cast iron dutch oven (my favorite), 2 skillets (12 inch and 10 inch), 1 stainless pot with steamer attachment, 1 small pot, grease protector cover (not pictured).

 

On top of my counter I have a 3 burner stove, hand soap, paper towels, a plant, my cutting board (in the shape of our home state New Mexico), our coffee grinder, a tea kettle, and a utensil container (list below of utensils).

  • Utensils: 2 whisks (1 big 1 small), 2 spatulas (1 big, 1 small), spoon, rubber spatula, basting brush, and a ladle.

The purpose of our kitchen was to provide a space where I can make real food for my family, and host a dinner occationally in a tiny space.  I feel I have everything I could ever need to do these things.

That is my kitchen in a nutshell…..or a bus-shell.


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