Tameka Cottle

Tiny house, with kids: Families find rewards in living small

Last year, William and Laura Baird got rid of half of their kids' toys, half of their kitchen's contents and a third of the family's clothes. It wasn't just de-cluttering — they also ditched almost three-quarters of their home's square footage, moving from a three-bedroom house into the 440-square-foot cabin on wheels that they share with their three children, three cats and a hamster. "I was looking for less to clean," Laura Baird said. "Less upkeep, less impact on the environment, less electricity, less use of resources." Living with less is the philosophy behind the tiny house movement — the rising popularity of scaled-down homes,...