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.
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