Welcome to Extreme Minimalists, which shares the stories of individuals who live on less – from a family of four living in a van to a woman who lives with absolutely zero furniture!
Jake and Gianna make living like a minimalist look easy. The couple, who are also parents to 2-year-old Luna, realized that home owning wasn’t for them and decided to undergo a major change.
“It wasn’t authentic to us,” Jake told In The Know. “Both of us have always kind of lived outside the box and really given into our passions — travel is one of them.”
So, the two decided to take their family on the road, transforming a worker’s van into their dream home over the course of an eight-month renovation.
“We are not hippies down by the river,” explained Gianna of their home on wheels, which includes a beautiful and clean kitchen, a huge pull-out pantry and even shiplap-decorated walls.
“The reaction when we told people we were going to live van-life was definitely mixed,” Jake added. “There were some tears, some laughter, some ‘hoorahs!’ Part of the van-life journey was to see where we wanted to end up.”
But ultimately, the family has embraced the criticism and answered every question their doubters had — including how to shower, prepare food and raise a toddler from inside a car. Now, they’re just happy to be living the kind of minimalist lifestyle they wanted.
“The less we have, the more life we live!” Gianna said.
If you liked this story, check out In The Know’s article on the man who lives in a 100-square-foot home and grows all of his own food.
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