This week on the Green Life, we're celebrating the art of downsizing. To learn from a pro, we asked simple-living advocate Tammy Strobel about her 128-square-foot home, avoiding trolls, and what her spirit animal is.
Not a lot of people can say that when they’re cooking a chicken casserole, they can also get dressed and use the potty at the same time. Tell us about your 128-square-foot home.
We live in a super tiny house. It’s really cute. It looks like a miniature cabin. It’s just on wheels. The trailer is 16 feet long, 8 feet wide, and 13 feet tall. It was built according to the international building code standards. You have to make sure it all fits under overpasses when you move it down the road and stuff like that. People are curious about that part. It can literally fit in a car parking space. The thing about our house is that of course it’s small but it’s kind of cool because wherever you are in the house you are looking outside. We have lots of windows, so it makes it feel larger than it actually is and a lot of times when we have friends come over, they remark on that feeling.
Are there any times when you want to run into an open prairie and be one with the Von Trappe family?
I’ve never had the feeling of claustrophobia in our space but no matter what size home I’ve lived in, if I spend too much time inside, I get cabin fever; even if I’m at home with my mom who lives in a 2,000-square-foot house. If I’m inside for a really long time, I get itchy. So for me, it’s really important to go outside everyday to go for a walk or a bike ride and just move my body.
How do you deal with the negative criticism?