This is a follow-on from yesterdays post: Community living // Introduction
So. Lets talk the practicals of living with another family.
(by the way I love that out of the 8 parties involved in our ‘experiment’ I am the only one giving recount of the affair. Thus my tale can be entirely fabricated and biased. OF COURSE living with ME is AWESOME! )
First up – the obvious aspect of sharing your home and nearly always the first question I’ve been asked.
WHERE DOES EVERYONE FIT:
I am sure more people would consider living communally if they had the space to allow it. Lots of people were quite curious how we could fit a second family in our home. We had a very standard four bedroom home and conveniently our little family only inhabited one bedroom (with attached ensuite and robe). This left three spare rooms. We did not have dual living spaces but for long term community living this would be ideal. I personally could have lived in this set up long term happily but I know that most people need more personal space than me!
Because I think very visually myself, I’ve made this very rough map of our home for you. Just cos’ I know that’s what I’d want to see if I was reading this post – Plus – I love you guys.
Now… As you can see – there is a reason I am not a draftsman
Room 1 is the master bedroom with attached walk in wardrobe and ensuite. This is where Errol and the babies and I lived.
Room 2 was Scarlet’s – amusingly the only person in the equation with her own room
Room 3 was John & Heidi’s and Willow was in with them.
Room 4 was the ‘spare’ room which John used as his study and Heidi and I used as a dumping ground for the copious piles of washing.
Many a morning Heidi and I would meet here wearing only towels trying to find something from the chaos.
The living room, kitchen and dining we shared equally. Piling two families worth of things into one space. Our cupboards looked like mini chemists:
I am always curious about what other people are doing with their money (or wondering why the frick we always seem to be running out) so I am going to give you the itty gritty on MULA.
Over our time sharing with friends and family one of the great aspects has been a reduced expenditure. We wanted things with Heidi and John to be simple so split the rent 50/50 ($200 each if you must know!) and our shared weekly grocery shop 50/50 ($100 each).
Errol and I continued to pay the electricity and internet to keep things nice and simple, we didn’t want to risk anything getting messy with money and wanted to make things easy for Heidi and John.
Living alone Errol and I were paying the entire rent + utilities + food which meant our monthly basic living expenses were INSANE (to the tune of $2400!!).
Next up in the series is COMMUNITY LIVING // A KITCHEN OF CHAOS so please check in tomorrow!