Tiny House People: The Art of Living In Minuscule Dwellings

by Lindsay Shapka in ,

A friend of mine (thanks Carmen!) recently recommended the fascinating documentary, We The Tiny House People: Small Homes, Tiny Flats & Wee Shelters — a film that shows an intriguing subculture of people who are throwing away the 'culture of excess' and embracing a 'less is more' attitude when it comes to their homes.

In a world where acquiring a bedroom that can fit a king sized bed, three dressers, two walk in closets and a bathroom bigger than most apartments is the goal, this documentary is a breath of fresh air. Producer, Internet-video personality and co-founder of faircompanies.com Kirsten Dirksen opens up a world where people live blissfully debt free — with everything they need in 90 square feet or less!


In the film, Dirksen travels the world, touring homes — and interviewing their owners — in caves, converted garages, tool sheds, riverboats, pigeon coups and more unusual places. The people that live in these small spaces seem to be extremely conscious about what they put in their space; there is no excess, no ‘big box store’ accessories cluttering corners and shelves. Many of them have travelled and lived in heavily populated centers —where space is at a premium — at some point in their lives, and most seem to have vibrant social lives because their money is not being spent on mortgages or rent. Self-sufficient and simple…

Watching the way that these people live reminded me of long-term backpacking trips I have taken where everything that I needed to survive was thrown on my back or snuggled beside me in a hostel bunk bed. Keeping my possessions to a minimum allowed me to travel quickly, easily and unhindered. It limited how many souvenirs I could buy ensuring that my money was used for experiences rather than things… now imagine if every day of your life could be spent like that — everything that you need without the clutter and excess, AND money to spend on experiences. Huh. Maybe these Tiny House People are on to something…

Check out the film and let me know what you think!