Trailer Trashtastic

on a mission to live in & love our mobile home

I Am Trailer Trashtastic

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The place we- myself, my two kids, my boyfriend- call home is four walls and a roof. We have a tiny kitchen, two bedrooms, two baths. There is a little utility area where the washer dryer lives, along with a number of gardening mess and some tools. With two porches outside, some generic lighting, a couple ceiling fans, and electrical outlets that are never where you want them to be, we could be in any apartment community in any city in the U.S.

But we’re not.

All around us is wide open space… trees, fences, farms. Sure we have neighbors; where we live now is more populated than what we’d prefer, but as a girl from the suburbs, I can say the neighbors out here are much fewer and farther between.We have a yard full of soft green grass (when the gumballs from my sweet gum trees have been carefully extracted) and there are shady trees that line the edge near the road. In the small garden Chad dug up for me last year my pink verbena is blooming and the yellow bells are green and lush.

We are situated at the corner of two two-lane roads. No sidewalks, very little traffic, and not much noise (unless you count the very annoying adolescents with dirtbikes that pass by here 78 times a day when school lets out). At night you can see all the stars in the sky. Dark is actually dark and the moon perches right smack in the middle of it.

It’s really quite nice out here, and the truth of it is that we reside for now in a rented mobile home.

I grew up in a brick house in the suburbs of a large city in North Carolina, so deciding to move into a mobile home took a little hemming and hawing on my part. Tired of looking for affordable housing in our rural community and eager to put my feet down somewhere, we settled on this single wide trailer with a great big yard and shady trees.

My children required a little convincing; they weren’t sure about living in a home that fits on the back of a truck. Like me they have been bombarded by all the ugly things people say about trailer-dwellers.

And I won’t tell you that I haven’t come across more than my fair share of people that made all of my wildest visions of a trailer trash stereotype come completely true. But the fact of the matter is, there are losers and dirtbags anywhere you go. Some of them live in mobile homes. Others live in apartments. I’d say there are probably just as many that live in picturesque single family houses.

The boys were quickly sold by the green grass in the yard and a desk built into a small nook in their bedroom. I was all about my obnoxiously large bathroom, complete with a super deep garden tub. So we loaded up our things and moved in.

Nearly three years later, my boyfriend Chad and I find ourselves scoping out nearby properties containing a little acreage. We’d like to buy, and then build. Upon debating where to live while building, a used mobile home on our for-right-now-imaginary-property seems to be the most cost effective solution.

Which means that unless we accidentally win the lottery, the problems in this temporary home will follow us to our in-between new one.

We haven’t put a timeline on things just yet, so I got it in my head that I need to make our small but quaint living space just a little more cozy and livable. Trailers- particularly the older, single-wide variety- for me present an extensive series of aesthetic and spatial problems (for photos please see My Trailer’s Not Trashy). We have very little closet space, but mostly it’s the wallpaper that boggles me. And the wheat carvings on the cabinet doors are pretty puzzling.

Google wasn’t much help.

It appears as though we are the only young couple living in a trailer trying to make a more desirable place. And I know that just CAN”T BE THE CASE!

So my Cast, Crew & I have decided to turn here- the infinitely knowledgeable blogosphere! We will post photos of new projects, beg for ideas, and document the trials of turning our trailer(s) into something trashtastic.


Written by Heather @ Sugar Dish Me

March 26, 2012 at 2:53 pm

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  1. Love it! 🙂

    Daily Dose of Fresh

    April 14, 2012 at 4:32 pm

  2. I may very well end up living in a trailer myself because of life changes and not wanting noisy kids and college parties next door. No shame there. You are very smart to live small so that you can enjoy the freedoms it gives you – especially being with your kids. I lived in bondage to “stuff” for a long time, and I am loving this new-found freedom my smaller life is providing! Trash on!


    April 14, 2012 at 11:40 pm

    • Thanks so much! You know what you say is so true– stuff is just stuff, and you can’t take it with you. I much prefer our trailer to the apartments I’ve lived in- I don’t play well with rude others when I have to share walls with them lol. I say screw it and take the leap- we are quite cozy in our home, and you are in Wilmington after all 🙂 It’s beautiful there!

      Heather @ SugarDish(Me)

      April 14, 2012 at 11:52 pm

      • Yes, it is beautiful here, And we rarely get tornadoes here on the coast, but we do get hurricanes. I am hoping for a garage apartment or something a bit more anchored to the ground, but am keeping the trailer option on my list. I, too, have learned to give new life to used objets d’art for home decorating so I look forward to sharing some with you. Spray paint is my friend!


        April 15, 2012 at 12:38 am

  3. Oh, and I forgot to tell you. We have an ENTIRE STORE in Wilmington devoted to all the parts, pieces and materials for mobile home repair. It’s called Discount House. I’m not clear on where in NC you are, but here’s the info – maybe there’s a similar place near you.
    Discount House Mobile Home Supply
    5709 Carolina Beach Road
    Wilmington, NC 28412
    (910) 796-0681


    April 15, 2012 at 12:44 am

  4. This is great! There is nothing trashy about a home full of laughter,wonderful aromas from a kitchen busier than most,and after school cookies and muffins. The yard to play and plant in and a home that has provided safety and happiness for two growing boys makes it a place to be proud of. I am anxious to follow your posts. Wheat carvings that match your shower curtain can grow on you. Lol!

    peggy campbell

    April 15, 2012 at 11:10 am

    • Thanks, Momma! I suppose the carvings COULD grow on you… but I’m probably going to just cover mine up. My kitchen has no use for pretty shower curtains lol. It’s funny; I wonder just how many homes are saddled with strange wheaty cabinet doors? It must have been popular at some point, though I can’t imagine why.

      Heather @ SugarDish(Me)

      April 16, 2012 at 1:30 pm

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