Living Small and Thinking Big

Posted March 22nd, 2009 by Tammy "RowdyKittens" and filed in Issue 1: Introductions


Hello, my name is Tammy (a.k.a. The RowdyKitten ) and I love to talk about tiny homes and simple living. Writing and learning about these topics is one of my passions. Living small and thinking big is my life philosophy. :)

New Year’s Eve Discovery

I discovered the concept of simple living and tiny homes on New Year’s Eve 2007. I was at home surfing the internet for resources about downscaling and my internet explorations yielded an amazing discovery: Dee William’s tiny house and the Small House Movement .

Finding these resources and meeting so many amazing individuals, via blogs and listserv’s, changed my life for the better. For example, I’m happier, have experienced less stress and learned about tools to manage my finances effectively. As a result, living small and thinking big is my new life philosophy.


Currently, I live in Sacramento, California in a small 1 bedroom apartment with my partner L. Living in a small space has been great because it motivates us to continue the downsizing process . Moving closer to my job was an excellent financial and health related decision. For us, happiness is found in small places.

A New Home and State of Mind

Within the next year, we want to purchase a Tortoise Shell Home . Our favorite is the The Galapagos , but we have run into many tiny house obstacles . It would be ideal for us to purchase a tiny house as soon as possible. Unfortunately, we don’t have a place to park the little home. One of the challenges of finding a location is meeting city zoning and planning mandates. For instance, the City of Sacramento does not allow tiny homes on wheels to be parked within city limits for more than 90 days. Rather than penalizing those who want to live small, cities and counties should embrace these types of alternative housing options. It’s my hope that the Small House Movement can educate policy-makers both at the local, state and national levels of government about these ideals.

To me living small and simply is the new American dream. A home should be a safe, beautiful and welcoming environment and I think tiny homes can be all of those things and more.

Learn more about my downscaling story, by reading:

5 Responses to “Living Small and Thinking Big”

  1. Simpler LivingNo Gravatar says:

    Great to see you here! I’m bookmarking this and looking forward to reading your posts here about small living. Thanks again for sharing your story with my readers.

  2. betsyNo Gravatar says:

    tammy, i am reading this journal backwards! i posted a comment earlier today about a more recent article you wrote. it seems you and i have many similar ideas and paths. i used to be stationed at travis afb, california and i lived in sacramento for awhile and i loved it there. after the service i moved back to new york state intending only to get my college eduction in civil engineering technology here before moving back to northern california. as things worked out, after college i ended up getting a job working FOR new york state so you can see why i stayed. i still have northern cal in my sites as well as southern oregon :)

    five years ago i was living in a small town up north that gave me a 100 mile drive every day to get to my job and, although i loved the nice environment there, i could NOT take that drive anymore, especially in the winter. so, also like you, i moved closer to my job in the albany, ny area. what a life saver it has been living closer to work!! it allowed me a huge savings to start paying off my bills. i also learned (when i lived up north) that i could not park my tiny house if i bought land there because of the laws, ordinances, etc and its even less possible by living down here – hence i enjoyed your article about obstacles. i will most likely postpone building my tiny house until i retire in 4 years because of the difficulty in having a place to build & keep it. but, that’s okay as it gives me time to look into all the things that have become available and to read more great articles like yours and all the other tiny house enthusiasts’. i think the way the economy is going, the tiny house movement will become huge!!

    anyways, i just wanted to stop by here and say thanks for all the information you have shared here and it led me to your rowdy kittens!! (i have a rowdy kitten myself and he is a HUGE part of my tiny life) :) i bookmarked your site for much further reading & i will continue to follow you here! THANX a million for sharing all your ideas and progress :) betsy mccullen

  3. Tammy "RowdyKittens"No Gravatar says:

    Betsy – thank you for booking marking RowdyKittens and all your thoughtful comments here at SLJ. :)

    Sacramento is an awesome town. We love it here; well except for the blazing hot summers. New York is a beautiful state, my mom grew up in the Albany area. I can see why you stayed in there. :)

  4. GuillNo Gravatar says:

    Where can I find photos on how people have organized the inside of their small houses. This still seems to be the challenge that I have to come to terms with. I have gotten rid of clothes and other items that I do not need but still organizing tips could help.

    I live in Hawaii so having a small house by the beach is a big plus I save on AC which I don’t have and don’t have to drive to beach when I want to fish dive or surf.

  5. Tammy "RowdyKittens"No Gravatar says:

    Hi Guill – Have you looked at the Tiny House Blog? Or even Apartment Therapy? Both have lots of photos and ideas on small space organization. Thanks for reading the journal and let us know if you have anymore questions. :)