I’ll admit it – creating the baby registry for the Little Guy stressed me out. I was much more excited about registering for my wedding. Adding wine glasses, china, and bedding to my life was much less of a change than adding strollers, high chairs, baby clothes, bouncy chairs…the list goes on and on! The items on the wedding registry were usually replacing items, but the items on the baby registry were all new items. Thinking about how I am going to incorporate all that stuff into our home added to the stress I am already feeling about having a baby.
So what’s a pregnant professional organizer to do? First of all – minimize! Second of all – accept my new reality.
This was done by consulting the experts (mainly my sister who already has three boys), so that I registered for items that were practical, could be easily put away, have multiple purposes, and can be used for years. I dragged my sister to Babies R’ Us (or maybe she dragged me) and used her experience to register for items to fit my minimalist goal.
Sticking with my minimalist goal was tough in the stroller aisle. Travel strollers, umbrella strollers, frame strollers, jogging strollers – oh my! I knew I didn’t want a travel system because it was too heavy and too big to fit in my Mini Cooper. I wanted a light umbrella stroller, but my husband wanted some sort of travel system. Plus, we both wanted a jogging stroller. That brought me up to three strollers! My sister came to the rescue (she’ll be a great aunt) and found the Britax B-Nimble umbrella stroller that has built-in clips to use for the carseat, so it is also a travel stroller – BRILLIANT! With that I eliminated a whole stroller from my home.
Accept my new reality
This was slightly harder to do than the first part. I’m still working on it, and I’m sure I’ll continue to do so. I need to accept minimizing won’t always be possible, and new items will come into my life and home. Some of them will be practical and necessary; some of them won’t. That is okay.
Accepting my new reality will help me enjoy this process. If I’m too hung-up on all the “stuff”, I will lose sight of this amazing and blessed experience that I am sharing with my great husband, family, and friends. I try to remind myself of this when I get too stressed out about the stuff.
Some of my friends and family (especially my sister) may be waiting to see how I’ll do once all these new items are set-up in my home, and I’m trying to use them. Can I stick with my minimalist approach? I’m not sure what the answer is, but I do know I just need to relax and go with the flow. Once the Little Guy is here, it will all be okay…