When tiny homes enthusiast Tammy Strobel decided she needed a life makeover, she wasn’t immediately drawn to small home living. But through the journey of simplifying her life to a mortgage-free existence, she discovered the big happiness that tiny house living can provide.
In 2005, Tammy Strobel and her husband, Logan, were two regular newlyweds with an apartment, two cars and a pile of debt, living in California. Today, they live in a tiny house with just 128 square feet of space. For those of you in the corporate world, that’s about the same size as 2-3 standard cubicles. In the course of their six-year transition they downsized several times, progressively reducing their stuff, their living space, their debt and their stress levels. In 2012, Tammy published a book about her adventures in small-sizing called You Can Buy Happiness (and It’s Cheap). She recently took a few minutes out of her day to talk to me about the process and share some of her best advice on living smaller and happier.