It seems very counter-culture to decide that you don't need a living room full of plastic baby gear for a new baby, when everyone else thinks you do. I made that decision a few years ago. It took me a couple more months of experience to realize that I could go on quick errands with my fifteen-pound baby and leave the fifty-pound diaper bag (more like luggage) behind, as long as I kept a spare diaper in my bag.
If you have hope for living a simplified, uncluttered lifestyle, it doesn't have to end once you have kids, though many will try to convince you otherwise. I've found that simplifying can be a saving grace for families who are over-stretched by their stuff, time commitments, and financial obligations, because really, who needs to simplify more than parents of small children?
The Minimalist Mom’s Guide to Baby’s First Year gives brand new parents the confidence to make lifestyle decisions that will enhance their family's well being for both the long run and the early sleep-deprived months.
My own experience with having a baby was very much like how author Rachel Jonat describes in this guide. After hearing our exciting news, most people asked us:
1. So you'll move into a house now, right?
2. How will you decorate the nursery?
We didn't have plans to move; we liked our small apartment. In fact we stayed in that same apartment for three more years and upgraded to a two-bedroom apartment when our second child was born. What we learned during that time was that little kids need little space. We liked being close enough to hear our child no matter where she was in our home. It made us feel close as a family.