A tiny, small, or little house may not be for everyone, but there’s definitely a trend towards downsizing from the McMansions of the housing boom to a more simplified and streamlined abode. This train of thought appears to have started around the peak of the housing boom; housing prices were skyrocketing and some people started to rethink what that might mean financially or environmentally (or both).

This trend coincided when I started my Little House blog – I was interested in eventually owning my own home, but I had a long road ahead of me to make that happen financially. The more research I did on owning a home, the more little houses kept popping up as an alternative to owning my own place without the massive financial commitment. I don’t know if that’s the direction I’ll finally take to owning my own home (as this isn’t solely my decision 😉 ) but it’s still a possibility and an interest of mine.

Yet, if you’re looking for some inspiration on the tiny house movement, two people come to mind: Dee Williams of PAD and Tammy Strobel of Rowdy Kittens. Both women made the choice to downsize their living space and build a tiny home for themselves.

Dee Williams built a Tumbleweed home in 2004 and then started her own alternative building company called Portland Alternative Dwellings, or PAD. She hosts workshops and promotes sustainable living. Dee has been known to inspire others including….

Tammy Strobel. Tammy downsized her life; she sold her car and became a bicycle commuter, de-cluttered by getting rid of “stuff”, and just this year she and her husband finished building their own tiny home. Her downsizing story is inspiring.

Sometimes, stories of how strangers simplified and refocused their lives can motivate others to do the same.