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Le Diaper (and Thoughts on Minimalist Motherhood)

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IMG_0229As many of you know, I’ve been striving for more and more minimalism for the past year and a half, and while it’s not easy it’s definitely worth it. I love the freedom I feel from having less clutter and less unnecessary stuff lying around, including kid stuff. It’s so, so tempting to have a billion toys for Jack to keep him entertained, but I find that we really don’t need much as long as we’re strategic and creative.

Let me say this now—I am not one of those unicorn moms who plans special toddler craft activities every day. I’m always striving for Jack to have more independent play time (while I’m hanging out in the room drinking my coffee!), but of course it’s also important to interact when he wants to. By having less toys, I feel like Jack ends up using his imagination so much more, and we also get out of the house more! More often than not, we’ll play at home for a couple hours while we both wake up a bit, and then venture out to the Botanical Gardens, a bookstore, a park, etc. to have an adventure together. Simple, minimalist, fun. By having less to do at home, we end up having more experiences together. Plus, less play at home means less mess at home! Obviously this may change when we have a second kid, but for now this is a really great little system we have going on.

I recently was sent this little diaper clutch from Mitera Collection and it is truly a minimalist mom essential. Now that Jack is almost 2, hauling a full diaper bag around is a thing of the past. Instead, I’ve started keeping two diapers and a travel pack of wipes in this little clutch and tossing it into my bag or the stroller, just in case we need them. I have the one with organic cotton lining, but they just released one for pre-order with wipeable nylon lining and I absolutely think that’s the way to go. Baby stuff is so messy—it’s nice to know it can be wiped easily!

How do you keep things minimal while raising little ones?

P.S. The diapers and wipes shown are from Parasol, a diaper brand I am a new ambassador for and whose diapers Jack and I love! I’ll be sharing more about them soon, but until then know that you can get $20 off your first subscription box with the code NATALIE2016.

 

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    Mary Beth
    July 27, 2016 at 12:34 pm

    This is such a chic idea for the toddler stage! I don’t carry around a diaper bag anymore, but use my leather tote and throw diapers and wipes in there when we’re out and about. I am so into minimalism – it was honestly the only way to go the more children we had. A few things that have worked well for us: 1 or 2 pairs of shoes per season, hooks by the side of the front door for their coats, backpacks, and totes, and clothes that all mix and match easily. I typically don’t take my kids shopping with me, doing it at night or ordering online, and that way they’re not begging for stuff we don’t need or won’t stay within my little system. ;)

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    AshleyL
    July 27, 2016 at 1:23 pm

    This is a great article. I really practiced this when we just had one and now that we have two I’ve noticed that things have started piling up after looking through some pictures of when we just had one. Time for a clean out! The funny thing about kids is that they don’t need a bunch of toys they’ll play with a empty berry carton for 30 min! I also did the back to a purse thing but now with another baby I have an even bigger diaper bag! Someday we’ll move back to that great stage though.

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    Katie @ Live Half Full
    July 28, 2016 at 7:37 pm

    I love this! And I cannot wait for the day I can carry a normal purse again. :)

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    Bailey
    August 29, 2016 at 2:24 pm

    Oh my gosh, this idea is brilliant and I will remember this in a few years when Hunter is older!

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